Don’t miss the MEUW Annual Conference: Time is running out to register for this year’s Annual Conference in Green Bay! You won’t want to miss the great agenda we’ve put together, or the opportunity to connect with your colleagues from across the state. The Annual Conference will take place Wednesday, May 10 through Friday, May 12 in Green Bay. Sign up for a tour of our host utility, Kaukauna Utilities, and for optional tours of Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Register today — registrations received on or after May 1 are subject to a $25 late registrant fee. Click here to learn more. Be sure to register no later than May 8.
In case you missed it, we celebrated National Lineman Day April 18! Together, MEUW member utilities employ more than 300 linemen across Wisconsin and we were glad to use the day to share our appreciation for all that they do. As they say, “when the lights go out, so do they.” MEUW used the day to showcase public power linecrews through social media via MEUW’s Twitter, You Tube and Facebook sites. We featured Gresham Utilities’ Eddie Gibbs as he shared his perspectives on 40 years as a lineman — check out his story, which was covered on local news. To see the faces of many of the hardworking public power crews, look here.
Changes to MEUW Board of Directors: The Executive Committee of MEUW’s Board of Directors recently approved two appointments, for terms that will end at the Annual Meeting next month. Board Chair Rick Wicklund appointed Shawn Kuester of Elroy as District 5 Alternate Director to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of David Bekkum of Cashton. Likewise, Ed Hoff of Brodhead was appointed as District 9 Alternate Director to complete the unfinished term recently vacated.
Elections for Directors and Alternate Directors in odd-numbered districts are currently underway. Instructions have been provided to a contact at utilities impacted. Voting closes on May 5, and the results will be announced at the association’s Annual Business Meeting on May 12.
Celebrate Earth Month with Focus on Energy. April is Earth month and Focus on Energy has added a Focus on the Earth section to their website which includes information on various community Earth Month events around the state, energy efficiency tips and lists the 2023 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award winners.
Register now to strengthen your Utility Accounting & Finance skills June 7: The next class in MEUW’s Fundamentals of Utility Management training series focusing on utility accounting and finance is planned for June 7. This particular workshop is a holdover from the legacy Management Training Program, and is designed for municipal workers of all skill levels and backgrounds. The session will take place at the Lodge at Mauston. Full details and registration information is available here.
Don’t miss out on our member communications: MEUW uses Mailchimp to distribute mass emails to members, including MEUW Weekly and Live Lines. In an effort to outsmart spammers, some e-mail servers may occasionally mark messages from Mailchimp as “spam” or “junk.” If you or a co-worker aren’t receiving emails from MEUW, please check your “spam” or “junk” folder and set your settings to receive messages from @meuw.org.
Start spreading the news: We’d like to share your utility’s news with other MEUW members. Please take time to let us know about new hires, promotions, retirements, honors, and awards. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review and include it in our member communications.