FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK
Chapter 20 President: Mindy Leadholm, SR/WA
“Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.”
I cannot remember where I read this quote, but it stuck with me as a good reminder to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. This time of year is very busy – with work, we are scrambling to get construction projects completed and at the same time, working with landowners on 2019 construction project acquisition needs. In our personal lives, anyone who has children is getting them started with school and fall sports. My family’s apple orchard is in full-swing; which means I am buying easements during the week and selling apples on the weekends. With the days getting shorter and cooler; yardwork, garden clean-up, canning, and winterizing equipment are all items that float to the top of our lists. In the midst of all this craziness, remember to look around you – Minnesota really is beautiful this time of year.
September and October was also a very busy time for IRWA Chapter 20. At the end of September, several of us traveled to Kansas City, Missouri for the Region 3 Fall Forum. IRWA Chapter 5 members were great hosts, treating attendees to an education session on the Kansas City Streetcar Public Transportation System, a BBQ tasting competition, and a tour of several Kansas City historic sites on the streetcar system. Our Region 3 meeting was productive and informative, the Region 3 Young Professionals Group is expanding, and our Region 3 leadership is keeping us all updated on IRWA news.
On October 2, Chapter 20 hosted a College Outreach Program in St. Cloud – inviting students from St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical College to attend. We had a panel discussion sharing with the students the wide variety of areas of “Right of Way” that we work in. Our event was a success with approximately 25 students attending. For those students who are interested, Chapter 20 is also offering two $500 scholarships toward their continuing education. A special thank you to our panelists – Lisa Beckman, Dan Mueller, Bria Boos, Michelle MacMillan, and Greg Cooley – for taking the time to share your experiences, expertise, and advice.
We also held three IRWA Chapter 20 courses in October. Many of our Chapter 20 members attended these courses, as well as IRWA members from South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana. A special thank you to those of you who were involved with the planning and organizing of the courses – continuing education is always one of our Chapter’s main goals, and we want to support all continuing education efforts.
Chapter 20 already has three courses planned for 2019, and are working on getting a few more set up. We will hold Course 502: Non-Residential Relocation Assistance and Course 506: Advanced Business Relocation Assistance in January and Course 215: Right of Way Acquisition for Pipeline Projects in April. Look on the Education Page of our Chapter 20 Website for more information and to register for any of these courses.
If you are available on November 15, please plan on attending our next Chapter 20 Member Meeting. The meeting will be held at WSB & Associates Offices, with Penny Rolf, SR/WA, speaking about her acquisition experience in the Trunk Highway 43 bridge project in Winona, Minnesota. Thank you to our November meeting sponsors, Ulteig and WSB & Associates. Register for the meeting by Monday, November 12 on the Chapter 20 website.
While it may seem like a long time away, Chapter 20 is already beginning to plan for hosting the International Education Conference in June 2020. One of the first items we need to do is help IRWA Headquarters come up with a 2020 Conference Logo – and we would like some help from our membership! The logo will be simple; with a few “Minnesota” images included. Please visit our IRWA Chapter 20 Blog to provide input – you can leave your ideas as a comment to the “Chapter 20 to host the International Conference in 2020” blog.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you need anything or have any questions about Chapter 20 business. As your President, I am here to help you get the most out of your Chapter 20 membership.
2018-2019 EXECUTIVE BOARD
- Director: Andrew Girga
- President: Mindy Leadholm, SR/WA
- President Elect: Ben Barker, SR/WA, R/W-NAC, R/W-RAC
- Treasurer: Benjamin Tozer
- Secretary: Matthew Hagelin, SR/WA
NOVEMBER BOARD AND MEMBER MEETING
The upcoming Board and Member meeting will be held on November 15th at WSB & Associates in Golden Valley. There will be a great presentation at the meeting about the Highway 43 Bridge Project in Winona and the property management, acquisition, and relocations involved. Thank you to our sponsors, Ulteig and WSB & Associates. For more information, click here! We look forward to seeing you!
OCTOBER MEMBER MEETING AND COLLEGE OUTREACH PROGRAM
On October 2, Chapter 20 hosted a College Outreach Program in St. Cloud. We invited students from St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical College to attend. We had a panel discussion sharing the variety of areas of “Right of Way” the panelists were involved in. We had a great turnout with approximately 25 students attending. For those students who are interested, Chapter 20 is also offering two $500 scholarships toward their continuing education. A special thank you to our panelists – Lisa Beckman, Dan Mueller, Bria Boos, Michelle MacMillan, and Greg Cooley – for taking the time to share your experiences, expertise, and advice. Also, a big thank you to Sean Lawler for his continued hard word to make the College Outreach Program the success that it is!
2018 Fall Forum - Kansas City
In September, several of us traveled to Kansas City, Missouri for the Region 3 Fall Forum. The members of IRWA Chapter 5 did an amazing job putting the forum together. They treated attendees to an education session on the Kansas City Streetcar Public Transportation System, a BBQ tasting competition, and a tour of several Kansas City historic sites on the streetcar system. Our Region 3 meeting included information and updates from the Region 3 Young Professionals Group and Region 3 leadership.