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2019 Fall Conference Recap

2019 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Ind.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Thanks to you, we had a record-breaking event with over 450 people in attendance! Thank you to everyone who participated in the conference at the exquisite Grand Wayne Convention Center.
On Tuesday evening, we welcomed everyone with dinner and drinks; it was a great time to mingle, get the "lay of the land" and ready for the conference!

Attendees arrived Wednesday morning to coffee, donuts and a welcome ceremony before going off to their preferred track of classes - administrative, water or wastewater.  Wednesday's luncheon featured Senator Sue Glick and the finals for the Best Tasting Water in Indiana contest.  Mapleturn Utilities was crowned the tastiest in the state and will move on to compete in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, DC next year at the National Rural Water Association's Rural Water Rally.  After classroom sessions concluded for the day, the exhibitor reception kicked off with food, drinks, and Water World Jeopardy!  Eight contestants lined to the stage to battle for the cash prize and bragging rights as Jeopardy Champion.  After it was all said and done, Tyler Weldon from Stueben Lakes Regional Sewer District walked away as the champ!   Then, as if that wasn't enough, we ended the evening with a hospitality event in the hotel lobby!  It was a great time to wind down from a full day of classes while mingling with peers and friends. 

Thursday, everyone woke up to a delicious hot breakfast buffet before starting in on another day of classes. But first, our Annual Membership Meeting included the election of three board members. Faith Willoughby - District 1, Tom Speer - 2, and Todd Gardner - At-Large, all ran unopposed and were re-elected. 


The conference was wrapped up announcing the Sportsman's Raffle prize winners. Over $4,000 in tickets were sold for the Sportsman's Raffle, the proceeds of which were donated to WaterPac! This year's Grand Prize Winner was Donnie White from West Terre Haute Water Works, who walked away with a Woodworker's Dream Tool Kit worth over $2,000! Mike Shoda from Columbia City claimed the shotgun for his own! 

Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, vendors, and sponsors for helping make this another fantastic event!

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