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The 103rd Annual School was a success.  Attendance numbers for Annual School were down, but the enthusiasm of attendees was excellent.  Getting to renew friendships and interact with others in-person was great.  Corpus is a great partner and a great place to hold the Association’s Annual Convention.  Thank you for your support and participation to all those who were a part of the 103rd Annual School.  To all those who received awards, congratulations on your accomplishments.  To all the instructors and volunteers who assisted – thank you.

We are happy to welcome Mr. Mike Norris.  Mike is the Manager of Wastewater Treatment for the City of Tyler and the President of the East Texas Region.  Mike is a great supporter of TWUA, and we know he will do a great job.

I would also like to welcome Clarence Whittwer and Ric O’Conner to the management committee.   Clarence comes from the Houston area of the state and has been involved with the association over the years in many capacities.  Clarence is joining the management committee as Vice President.  Ric comes to the management committee as Vendor Representative, and the association will welcome his thoughts and interactions with the vendors.  We look forward to working with Clarence and Ric and taking advantage of their knowledge and experience.

The dates for the Mid-Year Board are March 8th & 9th, 2022.  The dates for the Regional Conference Meeting are June 28th & 29th, 2022.  Both of these events will be held at the Courtyard (Marriott) in Pflugerville – Toll-130 & East Pecan.

As you plan for your budget, please remember that TWUA Annual School is scheduled for September 26th – 29th, 2022, in Corpus Christi. This will be our 104th 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.  One significant change to Annual School – this event will start on Monday instead of Sunday as it has in the past.

If you have searched the TWUA Training Calendar and have difficulty locating a specific class, please contact Norma Clark; she will be happy to work with you to get training scheduled in your area.

TWUA Central Office is now located at 210 East Hwy. 79, Hutto, Texas. (Old Town Professional Building) If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and say hello.  

I would like to continue encouraging you to attend and support the monthly district meetings in your area. These meetings are an excellent source for renewal hours; contacts and peer-to-peer time are great ways 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 you might need. Be watching our website and the journal for additional training opportunities.  One thing that would be a tremendous help is if everyone would confirm or update contact information.  Particularly your physical address so shipping training manuals will be streamlined.  

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 influence 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