Conference Recaps

2018 Fall Conference Recap

2018 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Ind.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Thanks to you, we had a fantastic event with almost 400 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 the finals for the Best Tasting Water in Indiana contest.  Fort Wayne City 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 a brand new game!  Water World Jeopardy was unveiled with our own game show host, Rex Trebek (AKA Rex Blanton)!  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, Gene Eaton from Napoleon Community Rural Water 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 four new board members. Tim Doersam, Floyd Ogden, and Darrel Baker were all elected for another term.  Faith Willoughby from the Town of Chalmers was newly elected to fill the vacancy left by Terry Hafstrom's retirement.  In addition, associate members voted in a new Associate board member - Dave Harvey from Water Solutions Unlimted will join our board in 2019.  Welcome to both Faith and Dave.  


The conference was wrapped up announcing the Sportsman's Raffle prize winners. Over $3400 in tickets were sold for the Sportsman's Raffle, the proceeds of which were donated to WaterPac! This year's Grand Prize Winner was Nick Hines from BBP Water, who walked away with a rolling Craftsman tool chest AND $500 cash! Cory Ritter from Angola claimed the shotgun for his own! 

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