Summary of Events & Takeaways
by: Lance Manabe
WEFMAX 2015 – Kansas City, Missouri was a great opportunity to hear from the following member associations:
Ohio WEA Pennsylvania WEA Georgia AWP
Nebraska WEA North Carolina WEA Indiana WEA
Rocky Mountain WEA Kansas WEA Iowa WEA
Chesapeake WEA Illinois WEA New England
Arkansas WEA Missouri WEA South Dakota
There were many great sessions, the following are summaries of the points I took away from this WEFMAX.
MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS FINANCIAL STABILITITY
Ohio WEA’s Presentation on MA Financial Stability included some interesting concepts:
Executive Committee consists of the following positions:
President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Senior Delegate, Junior Delegate and Past President. Making their board eight (8) members.
They changed from an event based solicitation to an annual sponsor program campaign in 2012. Companies received award points based on sponsor level. Eight (8) levels from $7,500 to $250. Example a company that donates $7,500 would receive 60 points that could be used on the following:
Chesapeake WEA’s Presentation on Membership & Retention included interesting points:
Understanding you MA’s Profile
Chesapeake’s focus was on:
- Increase Membership Retention
- Develop New MA Website
- Create New MA Logo (More Contemporary, relevant, eye catching
(Note: WEF helped Chesapeake with the Logo Redesign with their graphics team which is also available to us)
- Involvement from YP and Student Activities Committees to Provide valuable experiences for younger members. Membership value to their careers.
Illinois WEA’s Presentation on Retaining Student Chapters included interesting points:
- Strong Committee (5-10 individuals for 3 universities)
- Strong School Contacts
- Programming includes Plant Tours, Evening with Industry, Meeting with CEO’s of companies, round table discussions and scholarships.
MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
North Carolina AWWA-WEA’s approach to Leadership – Selecting, Shaping, Sustaining.
- Revised organization structure
- How Leadership Skills are Identified
- No “entitlement” to lead – we seek the best match of capabilities to requirements of the task: Knowldege, Skills, Abilities, Experience.
- Sustaining Leadership
- Training – top to bottom
- Access to current information – inside and out
- Skill Development
Pennsylvania WEA’s Presentation focus was on Leadership Development – Questions and How to’s.
- Succession/Leadership Planning – a process for identifying and developing persons with the potential to fill key leadership positions within an organization.
- Does your MA have “Ready Now” candidates to replace key leaders?
- Without a solid plan, the future continuity and performance of you MA is at risk.
- What is you MA’s current leadership plan?
- PWEA leaders and Section leaders meet at Annual Joint Summit Meeting to identify and promote leadership development (mini WEFMAX)
- PWEA has a detailed written list of requirements and responsibilities of leadership positions.
- PWEA holds yearly Executive Officer orientation/transition meeting at annual conference.