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President's Message

"The Times - They Are a Changin'"

Where did summer go? I got to the corner this morning to turn onto the Highway to head to the office, and looked at the big maple tree at Duke’s house. (Duke is a Black Lab friend of mine who lives at the house on the corner with his Humans. He stops by my house for treats when he takes his Humans for a walk, and lets me scratch his ears for the price of a few Beggin Strips.) I noticed that the treetop is already turning Orange!

NO WAY – THIS CAN’T BE! But, yes Virginia – to quote Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A Changin'” – as are the seasons, and soon another year will have swept by. This will again bring changes to the APWA- WI Chapter, including a new President. I cannot believe it has almost been a year already. But one thing never changes – the Great People we have as members in the BEST Chapter in APWA, and their dedication and devotion to serving the public as Public Works Professionals, and to our Chapter.

It has been a great year at APWA- WI – here are a few highlights-

  • Starting out with an outstanding Spring Conference hosted by the City of Green Bay, featuring many stimulating technical sessions, a great icebreaker and banquet, and highlighted by a visit from the Grave Digger himself, Gilbert Brown of The Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI Championship team.
  • A joint APWA WI and Chicago Metro Chapter YP Brewers vs Cubs baseball outing and tailgate social at Miller Park in Milwaukee , June 3rd.
  • The first ever APWA-WI Summer Fishing Extravaganza held Friday, June 15th in Port Washington, WI. Hearty souls braved the rain and Lake Michigan lead by Nathan Wachtendonk, and the crew of Foxy Brothers Charters in search of Coho and King Salmon.
  • This year’s Summer Outing and Scholarship Fundraiser held Thursday July 19, with Golf at Christmas Mountain Village GC, and a Paddle Event on the Lower Dells Section of the Wisconsin River nearby.
  • The 4th Annual Bike for Boys and Girls Bike Ride, sponsored by the APWA-WI Diversity Committee held in Fitchburg, WI Saturday July 21st. Participants rode 20 miles, then joined the after party with live music, food and refreshments.
  • PWX - August 26-29 in Kansas City, MO, with the WI Chapter Meeting and Dinner being held Tuesday evening August 28th at Jack Stack BBQ near the KC Convention Center. The Chapter received yet another PACE Award, and we again had a TOP 10 in Public Works Honoree – Paul Woodard of Janesville.
  • The 29th Annual APWA-WI Snow Plow Roadeo and Equipment Show held September 12-13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 

And, yet to come, we will finish the year strong with a great Fall Conference October 31 – November 2 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Bob Givens and his Conference Committee have worked hard to pull together a great line up of interesting technical sessions, and fun events for all attendees, and fall in Door County is sure to be spectacular, so don’t miss it.

I refuse to think beyond November -that means I would have to think about the snow flying again–but that’s not all bad either. Part of why we choose to live in Wisconsin is the change of seasons – things are always changing, and that’s a good thing. Keeps things fresh – and interesting.

This is my last Presidents column, and I want to say “Many Thanks” to all our members, and especially to those who serve on our committees, and organize these fun events. It has truly been a joy to serve this year as your Chapter President. And to all the Public Works professionals who work hard day in and day out, a special “THANK YOU!” You all create the quality of life we enjoy here in WI. Wisconsin is a beautiful place, but it would not be the safe, livable space that it is without all your hard work.

Now – stop working so doggone hard, sign up for the Fall Conference, and go scratch some dogs ears – I am headed over to Duke’s house to do just that - right now. 

Scott Solverson
APWA-WI Chapter President 2018


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