As I come to the end of my 3 year FVOA commitment, I wanted to take a minute to thank each and everyone of you. It’s mind blowing how fast my service to the FVOA came and went. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet many new friends and make countless industry contacts. At the start of my FVOA service, I was to finish my wastewater career with 37 years of service with the Village of Cary as a Chief Wastewater Plant Operator. Shortly into my FVOA service, at the height of the worst recession our Nation has seen, different job opportunities started coming my way. As many of you know, I accepted a job offer with the City of Crystal Lake as a Wastewater Supervisor. This was one of the biggest choices I would ever have to make. Risk the stability and knowledge I had with Cary, or make a leap to a position where I would continue to grow in the wastewater treatment field learning new and exciting job responsibilities. Looking back, there was no decision. The past 32 months has been the best and most challenging time in my wastewater career. It has renewed my passion for coming to work and tackling the next task ahead of me. This alone with make my remaining 10 1/2 years fly by.
I share this story, not to brag, but to explain what the FVOA and service can do for you and your wastewater careers. Meeting other operators, Superintendents, Supervisors and all of our vendor friends have allowed me to advance my own career way past my own expectations. I know numerous other operator’s who have experienced the same positive results from FVOA service. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and attend monthly meetings. The key to making it all work is getting involved. Get your name out there and meet new contacts. By doing this, you never know what the FVOA may have in store for you. My only advice……..Buckle Up, It’s well worth the ride.
Safety Dan says, “Thank you to everyone for letting me be a small part of the FVOA the past 3 years. I hope I was able to keep the high standards my prior FVOA officer’s were able to maintain for well over 50 years.
City of Crystal Lake