Spring (Spall) Fall – Training is a coming.
We are going for it! Spring in person conference may not have happened, but Spall (it’s not spring, it’s not fall) will be the training happening of 2021. Held at the Ramkota in Casper, as many classes as possible are being planned on being out-side and hands-on. We have all been cooped up and sitting way too much this last year. Let’s get out and play with some tools of the trade and maybe even get to operate some heavy equipment. Sound fun? Not only will it be a great time, but we will get a chance to actually see and mingle with other operators from around the state. Let the story telling begin.
As Mr. P. said last year, "Let’s hope that vaccine distribution and continued vigilance will combine to have things getting back to normal over the summer. To paraphrase Igor in Young Frankenstein, "I am about done with ABBY normal." Amen, and even more true this year than last.
This isn’t going to be your regular sort of conference and you are going to really regret it if you miss it. Tours, hands on and a few surprises will be on the agenda. Zoom is fine, but we are all looking forward to seeing you in person in Casper.
Kathy Weinsaft, Training Specialist
Board of Director Openings
Every year, the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems has board of director elections depending on the Region of the state of Wyoming for Board seats that are at the end of their term. These are 3 year terms and there are currently no term limits. Board members must be employees, elected officials or designated representatives of a voting member system (PWS’s that are eligible for USDA RD funding typically serving populations under 10,000). The organization’s By Laws define voting member as Non-profit public water, wastewater, associations, districts, municipalities and (or) other types of public utilities of any size with 10,000 or less population, engaged in the transportation, distribution and/or sale of public utility services in the rural areas of the State of Wyoming.
Board members provide oversight of and direction to the Executive Director on policy issues/items including budgetary, program, legislative and professional direction. Board members receive no direct compensation for serving. Board members are reimbursed for travel expenses to attend official association meetings, can attend in person conferences and training sessions at no cost including hotel and per diem. Board members can attend virtual training sessions at no cost.
For 2021, two region board seats are up for election. The Southwest region (Teton, Lincoln, Uinta, Sweetwater and Sublette counties) and Northeast Region (Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook and Weston counties). Currently the Southwest Region is represented by Mr. Ron Overson who currently serves as Board Secretary. Ron is the Utility Manager for Grand Targhee Resort in Teton County. The Northeast Region is represented by Mr. Dan Coughlin who currently serves as Board Vice President. Dan is the Project Manager of the Sheridan Area Water Supply JPB in Sheridan County.
Mr. Overson has expressed his intention to NOT run for re-election. Ron has served since 2009 and believes it is time for new perspectives on the Board, as well as needing to concentrate on work commitments. Mr. Coughlin has expressed his intention to run for re-election. Mr. Coughlin has served since 2018.
Those interested can contact Mark Pepper, Executive Director for more information. A letter of interest must be received by March 31 to be included in Business Meeting materials distributed to voting member delegates. The Annual Business Meeting does entertain floor nominations for Board seats as well. The Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually prior to May 31st, 2021. Announcements for the Annual Business Meeting will be made during the first two weeks of April per the By Laws.
Mark Pepper, Executive Director