President's Message

Wade Peterson
Baraboo, Wisconsin
April 2013

Winter is almost around the corner!! As I write this we are in a winter weather watch for up to 12” of snow. Now hopefully we have a nice easy change into spring and let all this snow soak into the ground.

The first round of regional meetings is in the books. I didn’t make it to any of the meetings, so I will have a busy spring and summer getting to each region. Please keep looking at the website events calendar for meetings in your area. Also something new, you can access your account on the WWOA website and there is now an area where you can select to get notices about regional meetings, membership renewal notice, new job posting notice, new equipment sale notice, and notices about changes on the website homepage. Our webmaster and web committee have been busy making the website better and better all the time!

The 2013 conference is coming up soon!! Local Arrangements, Technical, Golf, Sporting Clays, Operators’ Competition, and Exhibitors Committees have been busy putting on the final touches to the conference. How is your region’s operators’ competition team coming along?? Remember we are hoping for one team from each region this year. It’s a great learning experience and you earn extra CEUs!

The Technical Committee met in February and selected 2 pre-con sessions and 38 technical sessions. The pre-conference workshops are: “After the Siege: Dealing with the Audit Aftermath” and “Automation & Emergency Power Solutions for Medium-Voltage Services to Critical Infrastructures &Understanding Arc-Flash Hazards”. The technical program is packed with everything you ever wanted to know; including Phosphorus, Collection Systems, Lagoons, Watershed Compliance, BioGas, Nerd 101, and Poop-er- ee. The golf outing will be at the Wisconsin River GC in Stevens Point and the sporting clays event will be at J & H Game Farm in Shiocton.

The Annual Meeting will cover the 2012 financials, the elections, and the proposed change to Life Membership. The draft is enclosed within this issue of the Clarifier.

I would like to thank the board of directors for putting forth the time and effort to create the job announcement and conducting the interviews for the new executive secretary. We are glad to announce that Karen Harter has been selected as our executive secretary. She started in February. Please make her feel welcome to the organization the next time you meet her. My time is half over already and I would like to thank you members for your great support of this organization!!

Wade Peterson
WWOA President