Every time you attend a local APWA event, you arrive you see the tables are setup, food is order for 100 to 200 people, speakers assigned, venues selected and coordinated with sign in and name tags provided.Ok, so who does all this?The Program Committee!The Program Committee is one of the most impactful and active committees within the APWA SoCal chapter, which makes real things happen every month.The committee’s main function affects all members every month as they orchestrate and plan all the various monthly chapter events while also working with the Board to identify educational topics.The events include establishing calendars, selecting and coordinating speakers, outlining the session in a flyer, setting up luncheon events along with audio visual needs, planning and ordering lunch and administering the physical setup and breakdown of the venue. Further, the Programs Committee supports other committees for both the golf committee event and annual installation. The Committee oversaw 10 events last year including the Annual Awards, Scholarship setup and Green Book Standards coordination as well as eight monthly chapter luncheon meetings. The committee itself is ably led by the chair Ms. Natasha DeBenon.
The Committee helps to educate our Public Works community with speaker’s providing current updates on engineering, operations, management and technology as well as establishing our monthly member networking opportunities with face to face venues that vary throughout Southern California.
The committee itself is comprised of seven members to implement their core mission: to bring information to members, opportunities, and establish interaction to the Public Works community. The current committee members are: Tanja Brix, Jackie Martinez, Sean Singletary, Devin Starnes, Khanh Chu, Juanita Martinez and Larry Maes plus volunteers for each luncheon.
Proceeds from the events support the cost of the events.This committee has a very tangible monthly product (i.e. the monthly luncheon) with specific timeframes and goals. It is a lot of fun as you get to meet many people including APWA members as well as develop relationships with engaging presenters and speakers and learn about setting up events. The Committee is always looking for new members and ideas, so come get involved as the committee works to promote interaction, networking and sharing among our members.For any information on this most successful committee contact Ms. Natasha DeBenon via email at Natasha.DeBenon@arcadis.com.