As I look back over this past year as president, the first thing that amazes me is how quickly the time has passed. I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and that each of you will be looking forward to a productive and prosperous new year.
It doesn’t seem possible that another year is behind us. Much was accomplished in 2016, such as new online courses and the new website (if you haven’t had a chance to use it, please take the time check it out) and an updating of all the regions bylaws. Ken Enlow has done a wonderful job working with the regions to complete this and we should be able to finalize it at our January board of directors meeting in Destin.
There is still much to do and I for one am excited about 2017. A few of the areas that FWPCOA will be concentrating on is getting all the regions to provide training to their members, whether it’s a short school or CEU courses, which some regions offer at their regular monthly meetings. One area we will be focusing on is increasing our presence in the Florida Panhandle and helping to revitalize Region 1. All the regions need to see what they can do to bring in new members, and the association will continue to work on getting more people involved.
The FWPCOA has the finest and the most reasonably priced training programs available, with dedicated instructors who have the hands-on experience necessary to make the training sessions more informative and valuable to those who attend. The association will continue to develop new training courses and examine how existing courses are offered and presented.
The implementation of online training has been very successful and we will continue to provide additional course selections. We have listened to our membership’s request to provide a wider variety of online course contact hours and many of our extended courses have been revamped to provide more choices for CEUs. If any of you have comments or suggestions on how the association can provide for your training needs, do not hesitate to contact me or any other officer. Contact information can be found on our website at www.fwpcoa.org.
The association will conduct four continuing education courses January 19-20, in Destin. These courses are offered at no cost to our members and are applicable to drinking water and wastewater treatment plant operators and water distribution system operators for the 2017 license renewal cycle.
Training Programs (no cost to FWPCOA members!)
Location: Destin Water Users
George W. French Wastewater Treatment Plant
14 Industrial Park Lane
Destin, Fla. 32541
January 19, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Management of Collection and Distribution
(DS/DW/WW02014204, 0.4 CEU)
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Troubleshooting Pumps
(DS/DW/WW02014206, 0.4 CEU)
January 20, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. Introduction to Backflow/Cross Connection
(DS/DW/WW02014207, 0.4 CEU)
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Introduction to Storm Water Systems
(DS/DW/WW02014205, 0.4 CEU)
A registration form is available on the website. Each course is limited to 50 students, so register soon!
Board of Directors Activities
Elections for the 2017 board of officers were recently held, with the following slate of officers elected:
- Scott Anaheim, president
- Michael Darrow, vice president
- Ken Enlow, secretary-elect
- Rim Bishop, secretary/treasurer
- Tom King, past president
As I mentioned in last month’s column, the association will hold its board meeting in Destin on January 21, and the board cordially invites all members to attend. The topic of importance is boosting the presence of FWPCOA in the panhandle, so bring your ideas and suggestions to the meeting for establishing a new regional executive board and training program.
Board of Directors Meeting (open to all FWPCOA members)
Location: Emerald Grand at Harborwalk Village
10 Harbor Boulevard
Destin, Fla. 32541
Date and Time: January 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
If you have membership questions, please contact Darin Bishop, membership coordinator at Memfwpcoa@aol.com or (561) 840-0340.
I’m looking forward to serving another term as FWPCOA president and working with all of you to make your jobs easier and more rewarding, and to continue to improve our industry.