On May 6, PNCWA hosted the Water Environment Federation Member Association Exchange (WEFMAX). WEFMAX serves as a symposium for WEF Member Associations from across North America to gather and share successes and lessons learned on how to best serve their members. Originally planned as an in-person gathering in Boise, this year’s WEFMAX events were hosted virtually.

More than 60 WEF members were in attendance. PNCWA President Haley Falconer provided opening remarks, along with WEF Vice President Ifetayo Venner (Florida Water Environment Association) and the WEF House of Delegates Speaker Nikita Lingenfelder (Nevada Water Environment Association). After opening remarks, PNCWA President-Elect Rob Lee and PNCWA WEF Delegate Casey Gish co-moderated three member association presentations. Haley kicked this off with a seminar on the PNCWA Summit Series and was followed by talks from the Rocky Mountain WEA and North Carolina AWWA-WEA on Operator Training Initiatives and Member Engagement, respectively.

WEFMAX Boise 2021

Traditionally, the host organization purchases a gift for WEFMAX attendees, but this year, PNCWA decided to donate the gift funds to nonprofit organizations. Attendees chose whether their portion of the funds would be donated to the PNCWA scholarships and InFlow program, Water for People, or the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise. The event closed out with a social gathering hosted by PNCWA Student and Young Professionals Committee Vice Chair Riley Murnane.

WEFMAX is an amazing event because of the ability to establish connections between attendees, the collaboration between Member Associations, and the sharing of ideas and energy. While a virtual gathering was not originally envisioned, WEFMAX 2021 Boise still achieved these goals with great success!

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