TWUA – 101-Years Strong

The 101st Annual School was a great success. Attendance numbers for Annual School were just over 460 students and 80 vendor booths or 184 +individual vendor representatives. Norma Clark and Tom Ezell volunteer and help the association take care of the vendor aspects of Annual School, and they do a great job, and our thanks go to them. The exhibit hall looked great, and we received great feedback from all participants. Corpus is a great partner and a great place to hold our Annual Convention. To all those who were a part of the 101st Annual School, thank you for your support and participation. To all those who received awards, congratulations on your accomplishments. To all the instructors and volunteers who assisted – thank you.

We are very pleased to welcome Mr. John Krause into the President’s role. John lives in New Braunfels and is employed by NBU. John is a great supporter of TWUA, and we know he will do a great job.

I would also like to welcome Mike Norris, City of Tyler. Mike has been the go-to person for the East Texas Region for many years. Mike is coming on the management committee as Vice President. We look forward to working with Mike and taking advantage of his knowledge and experience.

This year is off to a very busy start with outstanding opportunities for Operator Training. We sincerely want to thank you for using TWUA and considering the association for your training needs. The TWUA website will always have the most up to date version of the associations training opportunities. The Regional Training Events need your continued support, and again dates and locations can be obtained at and click on the training tab.

The dates for the Regional Conference are June 20st & 21st 2019. The dates for the Mid-Year Board Meeting are September 18th & 19th, 2019. Both of these events will be held at the Courtyard (Marriott) in Pflugerville – Toll-130 & East Pecan.

TCEQ Exam Applications. The exam application process has gone 100% electronic. Bubble forms and filling out applications onsite is no longer an option at Regional Training Events. The state needs a minimum of 30-days to review the application so please keep this in mind when you sign up for a TWUA Regional Training Event.

As you plan for your 2020 budgets, please remember that TWUA Annual School is scheduled for March 1st – March 4th, 2020, in Corpus Christi. This will be our 102nd Annual School, and we would sincerely appreciate your support and attendance. If you need any additional information or assistance regarding Annual School or being an exhibitor, please do not hesitate to contact Central Office (512)459-3124 or (888)367-8982.

If you have looked at the Regional opportunities and have difficulty locating a specific class; please contact David Moore, he will be happy to work with you to get training scheduled in your area.

TWUA HAS MOVED Central Office. We are now located at 210 East Hwy. 79, Hutto Texas. (Old Town Professional Building) The association has rented since the mid-1970s, and with the input, contacts, and direction of the TWUA Management Committee, TWUA was able to purchase this existing office space in Hutto. The telephone numbers and email addresses remain the same. If you find yourself in the Hutto area, feel free to stop in and say hi!

I would like to continue to encourage you to attend the monthly district meetings in your area. These meetings are an excellent source for renewal hours; contacts and peer to peer time is a great way to discuss issues and gather information. If it has been a while since you last attended, I urge you to contact your district or Central Office, and we will be happy to provide any information that you might need. Be watching our website and the journal for additional training opportunities referred to as Day Schools. This is an emerging concept where some districts are offering an 8-hour “Special Topics” style training which will be approved by TCEQ by Operator Renewal.

Central Office and our Management Committee would appreciate any feedback that you might have. If we are meeting your needs and you have no concerns, please let us know. If, on the other hand, there is an area that is causing concern or we are lacking, please share that with us, and if possible we will try and incorporate your input into our program.

Let us inspire you to be a positive leader in your workplace and the industry while striving to be the professional we all know you are. I encourage you to obtain your TCEQ license or advance your current license. Never allow anyone to tell you that the test is too hard and you do not have the abilities. It all boils down to how bad do you want it and what efforts are you willing to put forth.

Russell Hamilton
Executive Director