Employee awards and adventures point to the importance of being prepared for anything.
Robert Baden-Powell, the English soldier who founded the Boy Scouts, published the motto “Be Prepared” in his 1908 handbook, “Scouting for Boys.” He wrote that to be prepared meant to “always be in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.” Reading through this month’s newsletter articles, I was struck by a recurring theme of preparedness that Baden-Powell would have appreciated. First, there are the PeopleService employees in northern Minnesota who were prepared to immediately jump in and help their communities dodge the potentially devasting aftermath of a historic snowmelt. There also are the 17 employees across multiple states who have earned new industry licenses. They’re prepared for new challenges and the next stage of their careers. Then there are the Minnesota wastewater treatment plants honored by the state for their dedication to pollution control. One of the award criteria is that employees are certified by the state’s pollution control agency – meaning, they’re trained to handle the intricacies and challenges they face every day to keep their communities safe. And then there is former PeopleService employee Coby Forth, who is currently the water operator in Antarctica. He talks about how his training while at PeopleService and facilities in Iowa prepared him for the challenges he now faces in the world’s southernmost continent. All these examples highlight the need for we as water and wastewater professionals to have the most up-to-date, comprehensive training to best serve our communities – in other words, to be prepared.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or ideas about how we can partner with you to be prepared for any challenges – expected or otherwise – that come your way.
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Chad Meyer President