Well, I’m ahead of last year – it was May before I found time to get this message put together in 2017. I’m excited to be serving a second year as Gold Rush Chapter President. We have a great team of folks on our Board of Directors, and we are looking forward to a busy year. We had our first 2018 Board of Directors meeting and a tour of the anaerobic digester system at the Blue Line Transfer station in South San Francisco a few week s ago and had a great turnout – thanks again to Teresa and the folks at South San Francisco Scavenger for being such generous hosts. We hope to have several more interesting tours later in the year. Our chapter has grown by more than 30 new members over the last year and we now have over 380 dedicated solid waste professionals serving in all aspects of the waste industry. The Gold Rush chapter provides our members with many ways to advance their careers through certified training webinars and technical courses, professional networking opportunities, and Continuing Educational Unit (CEU)-eligible meetings, presentations, facility tours and workshops.
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about this year’s SWANAPalooza event, which will take place in Denver, CO from March 5-7. The staff at SWANA and the Colorado chapter members are hard at work putting the finishing touches on what should be a great event. I highly encourage you to attend this event – not only will you learn from the technical sessions, but you’ll have a chance to interact with solid waste professionals from throughout the country.
Our March Board meeting will be our annual Legislative and Regulatory update, held in Sacramento – we‘ll have registration information for that event in mid-February.
Registration is also open now for this year’s Western Regional Symposium, presented by the Southern California Founding Chapter. It will be held in Palm Springs May 21-24 and is always a great event.
We are working on plans for our 2018 workshops – if you have an idea for a topic or want to help out with the planning, I encourage you to reach out to our Workshop Committee chair, Ruth Abbe – you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s WASTECON will be held in Nashville, TN from August 20-23, 2018. We’ll have more information as we get into the summer months.
I encourage you to get involved with SWANA, both at the local chapter level and nationally, through the Technical Divisions. If you’re not receiving e-mail notices of our local chapter meetings and workshops, please contact us and let’s make sure your contact information is up to date. If you’re not a SWANA member, please consider joining – we have some great membership rates designed for our Young Professionals (those under 35) and Students (currently, Student memberships are FREE!). We are always looking for people to get involved in our local committees and help us plan our activities – we would really value your ideas and help.