President's Message

Over the last quarter the Chapter has hosted some outstanding events with a volunteer opportunity that Tran Tran put together at Second Harvest with over 25 members participating and two successful lunch programs put together by Natasha, Juanita and Tanja. 

National and the Florida Chapter put on an outstanding PWX in Orlando two weeks before Hurricane Irma swept through Florida.   For anyone who has ever gone through the recovery process from a natural disaster I know we wish our fellow APWA members and gracious hosts the best and a speedy recovery.  While in Orlando the Chapter was presented the PACE Award for Chapter Excellence.  Congratulations to the Board and Committees ongoing efforts that made it possible and to Trish’s pulling it all together. 

APWA is about giving back to the profession and with that in mind the 1st annual mentorship program launched with almost 30 people participating.  As a reminder to those Mentors in the program please make sure you are giving of your time and to the protégées make sure you are respectful of that time.  Mentoring is one significant way we can help give back to a profession that has given so much to all of us.  In my organization, we are experiencing tremendous change, having seen a turnover rate approaching 50% in the last year.  While that has presented many challenges, it has also given us a fantastic opportunity if you know how to utilize it and identify the opportunities.  

The young professionals we are bringing into the organization have innovative ideas and an energy that can be infectious, but you must support them and be willing to listen.  Like our Chapter which has a Young Professionals Committee led by Carlos Castellanos and Vincent Hellens the opportunity cannot be over looked.  Who cannot resist a “Pooh and Brew Event” or to us less versed in marketing a tour of a Sewage Treatment Plant followed by a session of drinking a microbrew to help wash away the memory of what you saw at the plant.   

In closing I would like to recognize Kerry Breyer who is a good friend and fellow APWA member who passed away very unexpectedly in August.  Kerry lived a full life and taught many of us in her passing it is important to live life.  Kerry, you will be missed but not forgotten

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