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North Star News July 2020, Chapter 20, Region 3

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK

Chapter 20 President: Benjamin R. Tozer

Chapter 20 Members!

First, I’d like to introduce myself - My name is Ben Tozer and I will be your Chapter President for 2020-2021. Second, I want to say thank you. Thank you to our members for giving me this opportunity and thank you to our board members and prior leaders for building such a strong chapter.

The challenge for our Chapter this next year will be how we can provide even more value to our members while we may need to move many of our meetings and work online. Our first online-only Member Meeting will be later this month. Please join us! We are still pinning down the schedule but I believe we’ll have a few interesting speakers for you. And let me know afterward how it went and what could be done better or differently. We’ll also be exploring what we can do in safer settings including meetings held outdoors.

I’m doing my own work on coming up with ideas for how our Chapter will approach this next year, but the best thing I can do is listen. If you have any ideas on things we can or ought to be doing, drop me a line. I can be reached by email at btozer@fredlaw.com or you can give me a call at 612-492-7444.

Best Regards,

Ben Tozer, IRWA Chapter 20 President

2019-2020 NEW SPONSORS

2020-2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Director: Ben Barker, SR/WA, R/W-NAC, R/W-RAC
  • President: Benjamin Tozer
  • President Elect: Matthew Hagelin, SR/WA
  • Treasurer: Brian Mielke, SR/WA, R/W-NAC
  • Secretary: Sean Lawler, SR/WA

JULY BOARD/MEMBER MEETING

Due to precautions set in place regarding COVID-19, Chapter 20 will be conducting our next Board and Member Meeting via video conference on July 29th. All Chapter Members are welcome to join the conference call. An invitation to the Board Meeting will be emailed out prior to July 29th.

MAY BOARD AND MEMBER MEETING RECAP

On May 20th, we conducted our Chapter Board meeting via a video conference. Items that were discussed included the Virtual 2020 International Education Conference, Fred Easton and Denise Skinner and their candidacies for Secretary, and the election of the 2020-2021 Chapter Officers. For details of the Board Meeting, please find our meeting minutes by clicking the link below.

2020 IRWA EDUCATION CONFERENCE

As all of you know, IRWA had to make an extremely difficult decision due to COVID-19 to unfortunately cancel the 2020 IRWA Education Conference in Minneapolis. There were many meetings and a lot of time and effort put into preparing for the Conference and I want to again give a special thank you to Mindy Leadholm, Dan Lesher, and Michelle Macmillan for all of their time, hard work, and passion in putting together what would have been an amazing Conference.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

Submitted by Ben Barker, WSB

Chapter 20 would like to welcome Eric Montague as our newest member to IRWA Chapter 20. Eric is employed by MnDOT. Please extend a warm welcome to Eric. We look forward to his participation in Chapter 20.

If you have any questions about your membership, please feel free to contact Ben Barker at 612-581-6572 or bbarker@wsbeng.com.

RWIEF - THE SKINNY ON SCHOLARSHIPS

Most of us know that the Right of Way International Education Foundation is the non-profit funding mechanism for right of way education, providing funds for new courses, updates of existing courses and other education initiatives. Not as many of us remember that RWIEF supports three scholarship programs, click here to get the skinny!

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

With the inability to offer in-classroom courses during the pandemic, the IRWA has adapted and currently is offering many courses VIRTUALLY.

Virtual Courses are different from Online Courses in that the Virtual Course is set up on a specific day with all participants and the instructor online and learning together. Course material will either be mailed or emailed (depending on the material) to each participant directly. For everyone who has been working remotely the past several months, it is similar to a ZOOM meeting for IRWA education!

This is an extremely valuable tool that we can all take advantage of to continue our education needs throughout the pandemic. Check the link below to see all of the Virtual Learning Opportunities that are currently available.

IRWA Virtual Learning Courses

For more information on our upcoming education opportunities, visit our Chapter's Education Page or contact Chapter 20's Education Chair, Shawn Zepper.

Candidacies/Designations

  • Hilary Dischinger - RWA Certification

CHAPTER 20 BLOG

Chapter 20's Blog was created to foster meaningful communication and sharing of information between our Executive Board, Committee Chairs, Chapter 20 Members, and all others who wish to participate. Please visit the Blog often as Committee Chairs and Executive Board Members post updates, news, and other relevant information pertaining to the Right of Way profession.

CHAPTER 20 QUICK LINKS

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