WEFMAX means WEF Member Association (MA) Exchange. This programs mission is to offer a forum to share successes and lessons learned to strengthen MAs and WEF.

Recordings, and presentations provided below.

 

WEFMAX in St. Louis MO

WEFMAX hosted by the Missouri WEA
April 12-14, 2023 | St. Louis, MO

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THEME: Improving MAs Through Collaboration and Partnerships

Welcome to WEFMAX in St. Louis, MO.  WEFMAX registration is complimentary for all attendees.  Guests are welcomed to attend the socials at a fee of $100 USD per guest. You will be able to pay for your guest(s) when you register for WEFMAX. Please note the registration system is only able to process for one guest. Contact [email protected] to learn how to pay for additional guest. You will be able to pay for one  guest when you register for WEFMAX.

WEFMAX SCHEDULE
April 12 -
Plan to arrive late afternoon (4:00 pm). Wednesday offers an evening icebreaker. 
April 13 - WEFMAX begins Thursday (7:30 am – 5:00 pm).  Breakfast and lunch provided. Thursday evening offers a social event hosted by MWEA.  Guests are invited to both the Wednesday and Thursday socials. 
April 14 - WEFMAX begins at 7:30 am and will adjourn at noon.  Breakfast is provided.

WEFMAX REGISTRATION Click here to register.      

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch
315 Chestnut Street | St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: Local 314.655.1234
Reservation Options: Click Here

The Missouri WEA has blocked a limited number of hotel rooms at Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch with a special standard guest room rate of $149 single/double; $174 Triple rate and $199 Quad rate plus taxes charged per night. This rate is only available until 5:00 pm local time on, Tuesday March 21, 2023. The Hotel will honor the room block rate 3 days pre/post of the event based on availability.  Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by contacting the hotel directly.  Please reference “WEFMAX” when making your reservation in the room block.

Your reservation must be guaranteed with a major credit card in order to avoid a  cancellation fee of one night room and tax for an individual reservation. The hotel must receive notification of cancellation no later than 5:00 pm, 48 hours before arrival date of the reservation.  Credit identification will be required from each individual at check-in.  Room rate will be charged to the individual’s account.  Rooms have been blocked from Wednesday, April 12 – Thursday April 13.  The Hotel will honor the room block rate 3 days pre/post of the event based on availability. Check-In time is 4:00 pm | Check-Out time is 11:00 pm. 

HOTEL PARKING
There is a charge for both self-parking (maximum $40 per day and self parking options are available adjacent to the hotel.

WEFMAX COORDINATORS:
WEF Staff: Dianne Crilley | [email protected]  | C: 703.283.3668

Missouri WEA:
Diane Grossenheider [email protected]

WEFMAX in Denver CO

WEFMAX hosted by the Rocky Mountain WEA
May 3-5, 2023 | Denver, CO

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WEFMAX THEME: Improving MAs through Member Engagement and Service

Welcome to WEFMAX in Denver, CO.  WEFMAX registration is complimentary for all attendees.  Guests are welcomed to attend the socials at a fee of $100 USD per guest.  Please note the registration system is only able to process for one guest.  Contact [email protected] to learn how to pay for additional guest. You will be able to pay for one  guest when you register for WEFMAX.

WEFMAX SCHEDULE
May 3 -
Plan to arrive late afternoon (4:00 pm).  Wednesday offers an evening icebreaker. 
May 4 - WEFMAX begins Thursday (7:30 am – 5:00 pm).  Breakfast and lunch provided. Thursday evening offers a social event hosted by RMWEA.  Guests are invited to both the Wednesday and Thursday socials.  Guest payment can be made when you register for WEFMAX. 
May 5 - WEFMAX begins at 7:30 am and will adjourn at noon.  Breakfast is provided.

WEFMAX REGISTRATION
Click here  

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
The Source Hotel
3330 Brighton Blvd | Denver, CO 80216
Phone: Local – 720.409.1200
Online Reservations: Click Here
Website

The Rocky Mountain WEA has blocked a limited number of hotel rooms at The Source Hotel with a special standard guest room rate of $219 plus taxes charged per night. This rate is only available until 5:00 pm local time on, Monday, April 3, 2023. The Hotel will honor the room block rate 3 days pre/post of the event based on availability.  Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by contacting the hotel directly.  Please reference “Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association” when making your reservation in the room block.

Your reservation must be guaranteed with a major credit card in order to avoid a  cancellation fee of one night room and tax for an individual reservation. The hotel must receive notification of cancellation no later than 5:00 pm, 24 hours before arrival date of the reservation.  Credit identification will be required from each individual at check-in.  Room rate will be charged to the individual’s account.  Rooms have been blocked from Wednesday, May 3 – Thursday May 4.  The Hotel will honor the room block rate 3 days pre/post of the event based on availability. Check-In time is 4:00 pm | Check-Out time is 12:00 pm. 

TRANSPORTATION
Attendees are encouraged to take the A Line train from the airport to the hotel. Follow signs in the main terminal to the “Westin Hotel, Plaza” and “Transit Center” and take the escalator or elevator down to the train platform. Purchase a “Full Fare” ticket at a kiosk ($10.50), and board the next train (runs every 15 minutes most of the day). You will exit at the 38th & Blake Station and then it is a short walk to the hotel. You can take the train back to the airport by boarding at that same station (also $10.50). If you decide to rent a car instead, parking is available at the hotel for $24/day (self) and $36/day (valet).

PACKAGES
May be delivered to the Hotel within 48 hours of the date of the function.  There is a handling charge of $7.00 per box for incoming and outgoing packages.

TIPS
Denver is at 5,280 feet elevation, so be aware of the impacts of elevation change on your health. It is important to stay hydrated, give yourselves a day to rest and acclimate before going into the mountains, and recognize that the effects of alcohol can sneak up on you with fewer drinks than at lower elevations. May is one of the most beautiful months in Denver and there could be a chance of fresh snow (or even icy conditions) at that time of year so be prepared for rapidly changing weather.

QUESTIONS: Contact WEFMAX Coordinators:
WEF Staff: Dianne Crilley | [email protected]  | C: 703.283.3668

Rocky Mountain WEA Host Coordinators:
Hannah Fodor [email protected] | Rob [email protected]  

WEFMAX in Charlottetown PE

WEFMAX Hosted by the Atlantic Canada WWA
May 24-26, 2023 | Charlottetown, PE Canada

THEME: Improving MAs through Leadership and Innovation

Welcome to WEFMAX in Charlottetown, PE.  WEFMAX registration is complimentary for all attendees.  Guests are welcomed to attend the socials at a fee of $100 USD per guest. Guest payment can be made when you register for WEFMAX. Please note the registration system is only able to process for one guest.  Contact [email protected] to learn how to pay for additional guest.  You will be able to pay for one guest when you register for WEFMAX.

WEFMAX SCHEDULE
May 24 -
Plan to arrive late afternoon (4:00 pm). Wednesday offers an evening icebreaker. 
May 25 - WEFMAX begins Thursday (7:30 am – 5:00 pm).  Breakfast and lunch provided. Thursday evening offers a social event hosted by ACWWA.  Guests are invited to both the Wednesday and Thursday socials.  
May 26 - WEFMAX begins at 7:30 am and will adjourn at noon.  Breakfast is provided.
   
WEFMAX REGISTRATION
Click here       

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Rodd Hotels & Resorts
75 Kent St. | Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7K4 Canada
Phone: Local – 1.902.894.7371
Reservation Options: Online Registration | PH: 1.800.565.RODD (7633)
Hotel Website:

The Atlantic Canada WWA has blocked a limited number of hotel rooms at Rodd Hotels & Resorts with a special standard guest room rate of $148 plus HST and Tourism Accommodation Levy taxes charged per night (Tuesday – Thursday). This rate is only available until 5:00 pm local time on, Sunday, April 23, 2023. The Hotel will honor the room block rate 3 days pre/post of the event based on availability.  Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by contacting the hotel directly.  Please reference “ACWWA/WEFMAX” when making your reservation in the room block.

Your reservation must be guaranteed with a major credit card.  In order to avoid a  cancellation fee of one-night room and tax for an individual reservation, the hotel must receive notification of cancellation no later than 5:00 pm, 72 hours before arrival date of the reservation.  Credit identification will be required from each individual at check-in.  Room rate will be charged to the individual’s account.  Rooms have been blocked from Tuesday, May 23 – May 26.  Check-In time is 3:00 pm | Check-Out time is 11:00 am. 

**If planning to extend your stay a few days prior or after WEFMAX, you will need to call the hotel at 800.565.7633 to make your reservation. The booking link only offers a stay for May 23, 24 and 25th.

 PARKING
Complimentary parking is offered.

QUESTIONS: Contact WEFMAX Coordinators:
WEF Staff: Dianne Crilley | [email protected]  | C: 703.283.3668
Atlantic Canada WWA Host Coordinators:
Clara Shea [email protected] | Dave Galbraith [email protected]






 

 

 

2022 Virtual WEFMAX

July 21, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
What we have learned at WEFMAX
Recording | Notes

Agenda - Join WEF President Jamie Eichenberger to lead off this event with a welcome, provide update on the roll out of the new WEF Strategic Plan, and closing message.

QUESTIONS:
WEF Staff: Dianne Crilley [email protected]
WEFMAX Committee Chair Coorindator: Stefanie Farrell [email protected]

WEFMAX TEAM

Meet the Team!



Jeff Berlin, HOD WEFMAX Committee Chair

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Dave Galbraith, WEFMAX Committee Vice-Chair


Dianne Crilley, WEF Staff 

WEFMAX Library

WEFMAX 2022

WEF Messages:
Aimee Killeen - Honolulu | Janet Cann - Charleston | Diego Rosso - Fargo

HOD Message and Updates
Presented by Steven Drangsholt and Donnell Duncan
Committee and Workgroup updates presented by HOD Members

MA Code of Conduct
Presented by WEF Staff Renee Kayal in Hawaii and Kathleen Waugh in Fargo

WEF Strategic Plan Update
Presented by Walt Marlowe in Charleston

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FARGO, ND - June 1-3
Meeting NotesDE&I Workshop Training

MA Sharing
North Dakota WEA | Missouri WEA | Ohio WEA

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CHARLESTON, SC - May 11-13
Meeting Notes

Emerging Leaders Workshop
Presentation | Presenters: Jeff Berlin & Nashita Naureen
Survey Results

MA TOPICS
Presentation | Presenters: Lauren McKnight & Paige Bensen (WEASC)
Presentation | Presenters: Sarah Vander Meulan & Hannah Palmer-Dwore                                             (RMWEA)
Presentation | Presenter: Tina Sheikhzeinoddin (AWEA)
Presentation | Presenter: Ashley Griffin (CWP-KT)

WEF TOPICS
Presentation | Presenter: Nashita Naureen (on WEF Programs)

LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES
Presentation | Presenter: David Baize (WEASC)
Presentation | Presenter: Mark McKenny (CWP-KT)

HISTORY OF CHARLESTON WATER SYSTEM'S
Presentation | Presenter: Kin Hill (WEASC)

MA SHARING
Presentation | Presenter: David Baize (WEASC)
Presentation | Presenter: Scott Foley (MWEA)
Presentation | Presenters: Robin Shrader & Kate Dehaan (IWEA)

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HONOLULU, HI - April 20-22

Welcome

Hawaii WEA | Presentation | Presenters: Alicia Suzuki & Kyle Yukumoto

Branding & Marketing Challenges
AZ WEA | Presentation | Presenter - Nashita Naureen

Communication Strategy + Video Messaging & Production
Rocky Mountain WEA | Presentation | Presenters: Kacie Allard & Hannah Fodor

Liberating Structures
Clean Water Professionals-KT | Presentation | Presenter: Dr. Jenny Retherford 

Rebranding Clean Water Professionals | Presentation | Presenter: Valerie Lucas

MA Sharing Session
Hawaii WEA - Alicia Suzuki & Kyle Yukumoto
Pennsylvania WEA - Presentation | Presenter: Lisa Webb
Clean Water Professionals - KT - Presentation | Presenter: Eboni Green

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2021 WEFMAX WRAP-UP NOTES, TOPICS and PRESENTATIONS

April 8, 2021    - Notes | Recording
April 22,  2021 - Notes | Recording
May 6, 2021     - Notes | Recording
May 27, 2021   - Notes | Recording

Host Presentations
WEA of Utah - John Richardson
Pennsylvania WEA - Christine Volkay-Hilditch & Jim Kern
Pacific Northwest CWA - Haley Falconer
Atlantic Canada WWA - Dr Jennie Rand

Making the Most of Your Virtual Conference
Central States WEA - David Arnott & Tracy Ekola
AZ WEA - Tom Galeziewski & Patty Kennedy

Operator Training Initiatives
Michigan WEA - Allison Wood
Rocky Mountain WEA - Edyta Stec-Uddin & Hannah Fodor

Retaining and Maintaining Members
New England WEA - Peter Garvey & Jim Barsanti
North Carolina AWWA-WEA - Tom Bach & Catrice Jones

MA Engagement with Academic Institutions
Clean Water Professionals - KT - Stefanie Farrell & Dr Jenny Retherford
New York WEA - Khris Dodson & Patricia Cerro-Reehil

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2020 WRAP-UP NOTES, TOPICS and PRESENTATIONS

May 21, 2020 - Notes | Recording
May 28, 2020 - Notes | Recording
June 3, 2020 -  Notes | Recording

WEF Message - Presentation
Jamie Eichenberger, WEF Vice President

Making Decisions in a Pandemic
Clean Water Professionals of KT- Paul Maron | Presentation
WEA of South Carolina - Bill Davis | Presentation

Diversity & Inclusion
Pacific Northwest CWA  - Rob Lee | Presentation
Central States WEA - Joe Lapastora | Presentation
Florida WEA – Tim Ware | Presentation

Engagement
New England WEA – Sue Guswa & Mary Barry | Presentation
Virginia WEA - Shawn Heselton | Presentation

MA Sharing of Resources
Indiana WEA - Kylee Daily | Presentation
California WEA - Jenn Jones | Presentation
Chesapeake WEA – Tim Wolfe / & Laura Jo Oakes | Presentation

 

 

WEFMAX Host Resource Center

WEFMAX = WEF Member Association (MA) Exchange
WEFMAX is a budgeted annual program offering Member Association leaders an opportunity to attend one of four meetings each year that provides a forum to learn what is new from WEF and provides sessions for ongoing exchange of MA information.  Member Associations volunteer to jointly sponsor with WEF to host a WEFMAX meeting.

Selecting WEFMAX Hosts
All you need to do is let WEF know your MA is interested in hosting a specific year. Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.  WEF schedules 3 years out. 

WEFMAX Historial Host List
This document shows the historial information i.e. host year/location/# of attendees for past WEFMAX's

Host Roles / Planning Guide
Host Meeting Role (during the WEFMAX Meeting)
Steps to Planning WEFMAX
Host Planning Timeline
Event Check List
Example Welcome Messages

Questions Often Asked
Tips & Pitfalls to Avoid
Q&A

Support Helper Guideline Roles 
WEFMAX Host (Host to introduce each Session Moderator)
Microphone Helper | Scribe | Timekeeper  (Host to assign from the Host leadership)
Summarizer (WEFMAX Committee Chair to assign a WEF Delegate)
Moderator (Host to assign a Moderator for the Host Session) 
(WEF to assign from the WEF Board and HOD Leadership...Moderators for all sessions but the Host Session)

Questions:
Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley 703.684.2445