There is a song I like sung by Kenny Chesney titled “Don’t Blink.” The song’s story line is that a TV reporter is interviewing a man on his 102nd Birthday, and the reporter asks him the secret of life. The old man answers, “All I can say is, ‘Don’t Blink – life goes faster than you think – so Don’t Blink!”
This philosophy truly applies to life with the APWA- WI Chapter in 2017. Seems like just yesterday we were hosting an exciting Spring Conference in Madison, followed by a fun Summer outing in July, we turned around twice and were at the fall conference in Wausau, and now its December, and the year is just days from ending, Wow – it did go by in a Blink!
The Chapter accomplished some remarkable things in 2017, due in no small part to the excellent leadership supplied us by our 2017 President, Jim Hessling. I want to personally thank Jim for everything he has done for us, both as Chapter President last year, and also for the many years he has been actively involved in the WI Chapter. He leaves BIG shoes to fill – and all I can say is I will try my best to live up to the example he has set for all Chapter presidents to come.
2018 will go by just as fast as 2017 did – good times are like that. We will look forward to another great Chapter Spring conference May 2-4 in Green Bay, National Public Works Week May 20-26, a fun summer outing July 19, PWX August 26-29 in Kansas City, MO (I bet there will be some good BBQ in store for attendees) Another Snow Plow Roadeo in September in Green Bay, and we will finish the year strong with a great Fall conference October 31 – November 2 in Sturgeon Bay. Don’t Blink – 2018 will fly by before you know it.
I truly look forward to another great APWA-WI year in 2018. It is a tremendous honor to serve as your Chapter President this year. This is a great Chapter – as evidenced by the unbroken streak of National PACE awards the WI Chapter has received – and that is totally due to you – the wonderful members who make the Chapter great. Thanks to all of you who are serving on Chapter committees, getting involved by attending our events, and thanks to all our members who serve the public as Public Works professionals day in and day out. You all create the quality of life we enjoy here in WI every day.