WEFMAX means WEF Member Association (MA) Exchange. Below find information on discussion exchange from this year's WEFMAX, a WEFMAX library of recent presentations, and a Host WEFMAX Resource Center designed to assist WEFMAX hosts.


March 25 - 27 in Jersey City, NJ
April 15 - 17, Honolulu, HI
May 13 - 15 in Charleston, SC
May 27 - 29 in Fargo, ND


WEFMAX in Jersey City

Jointly hosted by New Jersey WEA & New York WEA

March 25 - 27, 2020

Hyatt Regency Jersey City
Two Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ 07302   
PH: 201.469.4750 (local)
Reservations: PH: 1.877-803-7534 | Reserve Online
Reserve by: 2/24/20 | *rates apply from March 24 - March 28th
Room Rate: Single/Double $240 + taxes 
Check-In: 4:00 pm | Check-out: 12:00 pm

Register for WEFMAX - click to register to attend

Questions: Contact...
Patricia Cerro Reehil, NYWEA Executive Director
pcr@nywea.org | PH: 315.422.7811

Dianne Crilley, WEF Director, MA Program
dcrilley@wef.org | Work: 703.684.2445 | Cell: 703.283.3668

WEFMAX in Honolulu

Hosted by the Hawaii WEA

April 15 - 17, 2020

Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, HI
PH: 808.955.4811 (local)
Reservations: 808.955.4811 | Reserve by: 3/15/20
Room Rate: Single/Double $189 + tax | Triple Room $239 + Tax
(This rate is good for 3 days prior and 3 days after)
Check-In: 3:00 pm | Check-Out: 11:00 am

Register for WEFMAX - click to register to attend WEFMAX

Questions: Contact...
Lance Manabe: WEFMAX Coordinator
lmanabe@fukunagaengineers.com | PH: 808.944.1821 Ext 308

Dianne Crilley: WEF Director MA Programs
dcrilley@wef.org | PH: 703.684.2445 | Cell: 703.283.3668


WEFMAX in Charleston

Hosted by the WEA of South Carolina

May 13 - 15, 2020

Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC
PH: 843.722.0600 (local)
Reservations: 1.877.756.2121 | Reserve online (online code "WEFMAX")
Reserve by: April 12, 2020
Room Rate: Single/Double $214 + tax
Check-In: 4:00 | Check-out: 12:00 pm

Register for WEFMAX - click to register to attend

Questions: Contact...

David Baize, WEASC Executive Director 
David@weasc.org | PH: 803.358.0658

Dianne Crilley: WEF Director MA Programs
dcrilley@wef.org | PH: 703.684.2445 | Cell: 703.283.3668

WEFMAX in Fargo

Hosted by the North Dakota WEA

May 27 - 29, 2020

Radisson Hotel Fargo
201 North 5th Street
Fargo, ND
PH: 701.232.7363 (local)
Reservations: 701.232.7363 (local) | Online 
Reserve by: April 27, 2020
(Room block under "WEFMAX 2020")
Room Rate:
Single/Double $149 + tax
(This rate is good for 2 days prior and 1 day after)
Check-In: 3:00 pm | Check-out: 12:00 pm

Register for WEFMAX - click here to register to attend WEFMAX

Questions: Contact...
Michael Quamme: NDWEA WEFMAX Coordinator
michael.quamme@apexenggroup.com | PH: 507.373.7890

Dianne Crilley: WEF Director MA Programs
dcrilley@wef.org | PH: 703.684.2445 | Cell: 703.283.3668

WEFMAX Library


Wrap-Up Notes
Vancouver | Scottsdale | Orange Beach | Nashville

British Columbia WWA -
Evolution of BCWWA Governance and Business Model
Presenters: Carlie Hucul, Chris Johnston, and Kevin  Ramsay

AZ WEA - What AZ Water does well 
Presenter: Kevin Conway

Alabama's WEA - Operator Outreach
Presenter: Brian Shannon

Ohio WEA - Lights, Camera, Action: Engaging Your Membership with Video
Presenters: Dawn Kennedy (BC); Kim Riddell-Ferry (AZ); Fred Smith (AL); Mike Welke (KT)

Ohio provided the following video links...
Operations Challenge | One Water | Cisco Report 
Examples of A longer video can be multi purposed by breaking it up can be found on Twitter.com/Ohio_WEA

WEA of Ontario - Cheers to Volunteers: Engagement & Appreciation
Presenters: Heather Tyrrell and Nancy Alfonso (BC)

Rocky Mountain WEA - Rocky Mountain Water Young Professionals
Presenters:  Will Raatz (BC); Jamie Langer (AZ); Stacey Walker (AL)

British Columbia WWA
- Initiatives to Sypport our Workforce & Membership
Presenter: Carlie Hucul (BC)

Pacific Northwest CWA -  Women in Water
Presenters: Haley Falconer (BC); Lara Kammereck (AZ); Kevin Dour (AL)

Central States WEA - Global Water Stewarddship
Presenter: Mohammed Haque (AZ)
Youtube Video

Kentucky-Tennessee WEA - It is time to Recuit a Younger Generation
Presenter: Joe Pavoni & Valerie Lucas

New England WEA - Building a Pipeline to the Future: Membership 
Presenters: Mary Barry, Mike Formica & Susan Guswa (AL)

New York WEA - Workforce Challenges
Presenters:Patricia Cerro-Rehill, Bob Withers & Mark Koester

Motivating & Inspiring Future Water Professionals
Presenter: Anni Frid-Santos
Suggested video by Daniel Pink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc


Nevada WEA -
Presenter: Nikita Lingenfelter (BC)

New England WEA - Building a Pipeline to the Future: Membership
Presenter: Fred McNeill (AZ)

What's New at WEF - Lynn Broaddus, WEF Vice President

What's New in the House of Delegates
Keith Hobson, HOD Speaker & Dean Miller, HOD Speaker - Elect

Membership Diversity & Structure Initiative Workgroup
Presenters: Raynetta Marshall (AL); Keith Hobson (KT)

What's New in Operator Training
Presenters: WEF Staff Steve Harrison (BC & KT); WEF Staff Dianne Crilley (AL); Kim Riddell (AZ)

Workforce - Diversity & Inclusion
Presenter: WEF Staff Dianne Crilley

Membership - Moving Past Attraction to Engagement
Presenters: Alison Heron (BC); Dianne Crilley (AZ, AL KT)



Wrap-Up Notes
Indianapolis | Little Rock | Girdwood | Wrightsville Beach


New York WEA: Presenter: Mark Koester (IN)| Presentation

New Jersey WEA: 
Presenters: Robert DeBlock & Lisa Oberreiter | Presentation

Ohio WEA: 
Presenter: Dawn Kennedy (IN) | Presentation 
Presenters: Jane Winkler and Mike Welke (LR) | Presentation

WEA of Utah: Presenters: Clint Rogers & Lonn Rasmussen (AK) Presentation

Western Canada WEA: Presenters: Natalie Wilson & Timo Jansen (AK) Presentation

WEFTEC Pilot Joint Recruitment Campaign
Presenters: Aimee Killeen (IN) (AK); Keith Hobson (LR) (NC) | Presentation


New England WEA: Presenters: James Barsanti (IN); Matt Formica (LR); Ray Vermette (AK); Fred McNeill (NC) | Presentation

Pacific Northwest CWA: 
Presenters: David Keil (IN); Steven Drangsholt & Ellie Key (LR) | Presentation

Georgia AWP: Presenter: Pam Burnett (AK) | Presentation

Ohio WEA: 
Presenters: Ted Baker (AK); Fred Smith (NC) | Presentation

Indiana WEA -
Annual Conference Planning
Presenters: Julia Whitson and Gary Ruston | Presentation

Arkansas WEA - Benefits that Make us Relevant
Presenter: Alicia Patton | Presentation

Alaska WWMA - Reaching out to Rural Members
Presenter: Jennifer Warren | Presentation

North Carolina AWWA-WEA - Reinventing Your Image Without Reinventing the Wheel | Jennifer Picarella | Presentation

Rocky Mountain WEA: Presenters: Julie Smith (In); Jeff Berlin (LR); Will Raatz (AK); Stacey Walker (NC) | Presentation

AZ WEA: Presenter: Bob Hollander (IN) | Presentation

Chesapeake WEA: Presenters: Tim Wolfe, Jennifer Kaberline & Aaron Huges (LR); John Fletcher (NC) | Presentation

WEA of Texas: Presenters: Julie Nahrgang, Melissa Sansing, & Jess Braun (AK) | Presentation


WEF Business - Opening Presentation| Jackie Jarrell | Presentation 

WEF's Public Awareness Plan | Rahkia Nance (IN); Travis Loop (LR) (NC); Lori Harrison (AK) | Presentation

Operator Workforce Strategies:
ABC Presentation for Baywork | Ingrid Bella (IN) (LR) and Catherine Curtis (AK) (NC) | Presentation

WEF's Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals | Sidney Innerebner (IN) (LR) (AK); Steve Harrison (NC) | Presentation

HOD Operator Initiatives -Aimee Killeen (IN) (AK); Keith Hobson (LR) (NC) Presentation

WEFMAX Host Resource Center

WEFMAX = WEF Member Association (MA) Exchange
WEFMAX is a budgeted annual program offering Member Association leaders an opportunity to attend one of four meetings each year that provides a forum to learn what is new from WEF and provides sessions for ongoing exchange of MA information.  Member Associations volunteer to jointly sponsor with WEF to host a WEFMAX meeting.

Selecting WEFMAX Hosts
All you need to do is let WEF know your MA is interested in hosting a specific year. Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.  WEF schedules 5 years out.  WEF is currently looking for host through 2022.

WEFMAX Historial Host List
This document shows the historial information i.e. host year/location/# of attendees for past WEFMAX's

Host Schedule - as of August 2019
2020: Hawaii, New Jersey/New York, North Dakota, South Carolina
2021: Atlantic Canada, Pacific Northwest, Utah, Pennsylvania
2022: Florida, Missouri, New England, Rocky Mountain
2023: Nebraska, Reseau Environnement, Virginia
2024: Kansas
2025: Michigan, Ontario

WEFMAX Webinar
This webinar is for MA Hosts, Moderators, Presenters, and Helpers (i.e. scribes, time keepers, and mic helpers), and focuses on helpful tips to provide a better understanding of the various roles in achieving stimulating conversations from the audience throughout WEFMAX.  To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

Host Agreement / Roles / Planning Guide
WEFMAX Responsibilities and Budget Agreement (WEF role & MA Host role)
Host Meeting Role (during the WEFMAX Meeting)
Steps to Planning WEFMAX
Host Planning Timeline
Event Check List
Example Welcome Messages

Questions Often Asked
Tips & Pitfalls to Avoid

Support Helper Guideline Roles 
WEFMAX Host (Host to introduce each Session Moderator)
Microphone Helper | Scribe | Timekeeper  (Host to assign from the Host leadership)
Summarizer (WEFMAX Committee Chair to assign a WEF Delegate)
Moderator (Host to assign a Moderator for the Host Session) 
(WEF to assign from the WEF Board and HOD Leadership...Moderators for all sessions but the Host Session)

Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley 703.684.2445