President's Message

What's so great about Summer in Wisconsin? Everything!

It’s Summer in WI - thank Goodness! It seemed like winter was going to go on forever, and spring was neither early nor kind to us this year.

When I was a kid my Mother would say “it’s sunny outside – go out and play.” I suggest we all do just that, and enjoy the WI summer while it lasts.

True, the summer solstice is still a few days away, but the signs of summer are all around us. Graduations, weddings and kids last days of school are upon us. Days are long and warm, golf courses and lakes are open, and the winter coat and boots can now be safely stored in the back of the closet (at least for a couple of months). These are the good days we all live here for – so let’s take my Mom’s advice and get out there and enjoy. 

Speaking of fun things to enjoy this summer, APWA- WI has a full slate of fun, stimulating and socially significant events in stall for you to participate in this summer. 

  • Starting out June 3rd with a joint APWA WI and Chicago Metro Chapter YP Brewers vs. Cubs baseball outing and tailgate social at Miller Park in Milwaukee, you can cheer for your favorite MLB team and socialize with your APWA friends while making some new ones. 
  • For the “Sportspersons” there is the 1st ever APWA-WI Summer Fishing Extravaganza (you gotta love a good Extravaganza) being held Friday June 15th in Port Washington, WI. Hearty souls will go out on Lake Michigan led by Nathan Wachtendonk, and the crew of Foxy Brothers Charters in search of Coho and King Salmon, then relax and swap tall tales at a tailgate after.
  • This year’s Summer Outing and Scholarship Fundraiser will be 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 will be held in Fitchburg, WI Saturday July 21st. Participants can choose to ride as part of the APWA-WI team, and ride either 8, 20 or 50 miles, then join the after party with live music, food and refreshments
  • PWX is August 26-29 in Kansas City, MO, with the WI Chapter dinner being held Tuesday evening August 28th at Jack Stack BBQ near the KC Convention Center.
  • The 29th Annual APWA-WI Snow Plow Roadeo will be held September 12-13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, and 
  • We will finish the year strong with a great fall conference October 31 – November 2 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.

I refuse to think beyond November - that means I would have to think about the snow flying again– but I will look forward to the great APWA events in store for us this Summer, and participate in as many as possible. I hope you will too.

Many thanks to all our members who serve on our committees, and organize these fun events, and to all the Public Works professionals who work hard day in and day out. You all create the quality of life we enjoy here in WI. Wisconsin is a beautiful place, but it would not be the safe, likable space that it is without all your hard work. Now – stop working so dog-gone hard, and get out there and enjoy summer while it lasts.

Scott Solverson
APWA-WI Chapter President 2018


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