Cheers to 2019 and the 53rd year of MEWEA! This association and all the dedicated stewards of the wastewater industry have made an enormous impact on clean water in the State of Maine. It is a great feeling going to work every day, knowing that each one of us contributes to the quality of our waterways.
I’ve been with the City of Saco WRRD for the past 10 years and only have some gray hair to show for it (thanks Howard)! Luckily while working at an environmental lab, a job description for a laboratory technician at the Saco WRRD came across my desk. I read it over and thought why not…fast forward 10 years. It has truly been an eye-opening, fun filled learning experience since I began. I’ve had the opportunity to serve as the Convention chair and participate on the Operations Challenge Team with MEWEA. Both have given me many opportunities to travel, network and meet some truly great people across the industry.
One of the things that amazes me most, is the willingness of everyone in the profession to help each other. I’ve called Alex in Biddeford and Phyllis in Augusta and others about numerous amounts of questions or problems I’ve had throughout the years. They are always willing to take time out of their days to help or throw some ideas my way. One couldn’t ask for a better group of people to know and work with, whether directly or indirectly.
As an Association, we look to grow our relationship with JETCC and MWUA. This will be in the form of more sessions at the MWUA trade show and being a bigger part of the North Country Convention in lieu of a Spring Conference. Being from Massachusetts (sorry to admit), I haven’t ventured up to the “County”, so I’m looking forward to making that trip in April!
It’s going to be a fun and exciting year and I can’t wait to share it with you all! I’m truly honored be the President for this upcoming year and I just want to say thanks for all that you do daily!