President's Message


I started to write my last President’s Column for 2017 while flying into Atlanta. There I connected with the flight to Orlando to attend PWX.

Connections are important. They affect our lives. We make connections all of the time. We connect with colleagues, friends, family and people we haven’t met yet. Connections are all around us.

We also connect things. Electrical plug-ins, computer cables, headphones. We connect with religion, music, education and many other items.

You see, connections are important and without them, we can’t function. Our Chapter can’t function, society can’t function. Why am I talking about this? Because as your Chapter President, I hope that I have served you, the Chapter membership, well. I couldn’t have done it without connections. 

We had an exciting year, but it’s not over. We started off with the Spring Conference in Madison and had our Chapter fundraiser, where we raised more than $5,000. We have two new emerging leaders, one graduating emerging leader, we won another Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE) Award, had people from the Wisconsin Chapter speak at the Diversity Breakfast at PWX, have started our strategic planning, have several members serving on National committees, completed the financial audit for the Chapter, had another successful Snowplow Roadeo (with two winners going to Loveland, CO), and held another successful Winter Maintenance Workshop.

What a way for our Chapter to stand out! 

The Chapter still has a lot to do by year’s end. We need to recognize our scholarship recipients, attend the Fall Conference in Wausau, and continue to work on our strategic plan. You see, all of our Chapter activities, along with your own activities, take connections. Without you and your help, these connections wouldn’t be possible and would be incomplete.

Connections are like friends. Some come into your life and then leave (good luck, Tom), but you still have a connection. Sometimes you start out working with someone, and then go separate ways. Years later you’re on a flight together to the same destination. Connections are good. Keep them going, and your life and career will be easier.

Remember this: “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” (Fred Rogers, 1928-2003).

Thank you, to you the membership, for helping me with my year as President, and I look forward to keeping my connections connected! As Porky Pig says, “That’s all, folks!”

Jim Hessling
APWA WI Chapter President 2017


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