FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK
Chapter 20 President: Matthew Hagelin
Hello Chapter 20!
It is my absolute pleasure to be giving my first Presidents Message for the Chapter 20 Newsletter! I am looking forward to another year engaging with industry friends and members. Speaking of which, we had an absolute blast at our annual July member meeting at Orchestra Hall. With great food, a fun bean bag tournament and fabulous music from The Remaining Prophets (with one of our own – Chris Rogers). Thank you to all of those who contributed to and attended such a wonderful event. With that small window of “normal” -- we are really looking to getting back together and reengaging with our members again & again in the near future.
As a member driven organization, we thrive when our members are actively engaged with the Chapter, while taking the opportunity to network and get to know each other. The IRWA’s educational platform is essential to ensure our members are continuing to learn and grow in the industry to address the challenges of the future. There are a few member events are on the horizon that you may be interested in attending -- our College Outreach meeting and the Region 3 Fall Forum coming up in October. You can find dates and details contained in the newsletter or on our website. Please mark your calendars and consider participating in the events if you are able; we would love to see you there!
What’s the most important thing in a member organization? Its members! It has been an interesting 18 months as we have endured the ups and downs of this pandemic. How we go about in the world has changed in a big way. I am sure that all of you have taken stock of priorities in all aspects of your lives. Chapter 20 Leadership wants to tap into how the Chapter brings value to our members. We’d like to know what keeps you engaged with the Chapter 20. We want to understand what would increase your engagement with the Chapter and the IRWA. Please read more in this newsletter about an opportunity to provide feedback to the Chapter leadership on how you’re doing, how we’re doing and what we should be doing. We understand and respect the value of your time. What we do with our time and where we place our effort is very important. We hope that you find the time and effort you put in to Chapter 20 to be worthwhile and meaningful.
With the resurgence of COVID variants, things are a little touch and go right now with in-person events. However, I am optimistic that we will turn the corner eventually. When that happens, I want to make sure that we, at Chapter 20, are ready to reengage at a high level with our members to move the mission of the IRWA forward – and have a little fun doing it!
Stay safe, be well.
Matthew Hagelin, SRWA
2021-2022 EXECUTIVE BOARD
- Director: Benjamin Tozer
- President: Matthew Hagelin, SR/WA
- President Elect: Brian Mielke, SR/WA, R/W-NAC
- Treasurer: Sean Lawler, SR/WA
- Secretary: Faye Gillespie
OCTOBER COLLEGE OUTREACH MEETING
The 7th annual College Outreach Program will be held once again this fall in St. Cloud. The College Outreach Program seeks to change and improve people’s lives by making education more accessible to young people. The program will feature an in-person Q&A session with a panel of right-of-way professionals consisting of Chapter 20 Members Brent Rolf (WSB), Joe Haefner (Bolton & Menk), Sean Lawler (Xcel Energy) and Faye Gillespie (WSB Eng). The program offers a great opportunity for college students to network with industry professionals and right-of-way employers from across the state. The program will be hosted at Beaver Island Brewery on Monday, October 4th at 5pm. A taco bar will be provided courtesy of Mexican Village. In addition to the October 4th event, Chapter 20 in conjunction with St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College will award two scholarships in the amount of $500 to qualified students. Please register for the event online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5C9TCDK and click here for more information. We hope to see you at Beaver Island Brewery on Monday, October 4th at 5pm!
JULY BOARD/MEMBER EVENT RECAP
Chapter 20 members finally had a chance to get together face to face to celebrate Chapter 20 with our July Board and Member meeting event which was held at MN Orchestra Hall. We had a blast enjoying appetizers, bean bag tournament, and live band featuring our very own member, Chris Rogers. We want to thank Chris Rogers and his band for providing amazing live music. The big winners of the bean bag tournament were Jeff Christiansen and Carrol McCracken. It was great to see everybody again and we are looking forward to future meetings and events going forward.
The IRWA Region 3 will be hosting the 2021 Fall Forum from October 17th - 19th in Omaha, NE. Hotel accommodations are set up under the IRWA block at Hilton Garden Inn - Aksarben Village.
On October 19th, Class 213: Conflict Management will be offered for anybody who would like to sign up.
Click here for more information regarding the Fall Forum and accommodation information.