July 20, 2015
I hope everyone is surviving/enjoying the heat this summer. It’s been a very busy summer so far. But I wanted to take a moment to pass on some association information updates and some shout outs to some very hardworking WAMA associates.
First, I’m happy to announce that we have chosen a venue for the 2016 WAMA Conference. It will be held at the charming, rustic Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. Built of Northwest forest woods and basalt from the Columbia River Gorge, the lodge has four floors with 182 rooms and suites. Watch for more information on this in an upcoming newsletter and on the website.
My first “thank you” is to David Field, WAMA Secretary and newsletter editor. What a fantastic job he has been doing getting “all the news that’s fit to print” out to the membership on a regular basis. Thanks, also, to all the members who are keeping Dave informed of airport activities and issues across our state. As we all know, communication is the life blood of an active organization. Copies of Dave’s newsletters are available here.
In addition to Dave’s newsletter duties, he is also responsible for the membership side of the WAMA website. He jumped in with both feet to master the technical aspects of setting up and keeping the online membership database running smoothly. This was a huge project and I know it took hours and hours to set up and maintain. It’s a work in progress, and the goal is that each member will be able to self-maintain their membership information/account as we move forward.
Next, Kudos and thanks to our highly capable, supportive and enthusiastic webmaster, Sandy Engstrom, who spends countless hours ensuring the WAMA website is kept current and fresh. She keeps us on our toes and gently nudges us when website work and updates are in order. She is that “behind the scenes” hard working member of the team that we absolutely appreciate.
Warren Hendrickson continues to grow, enhance and develop the WAMA executive director position. His organizational skills, attention to detail and professional accomplishments are admirable. In addition to his regular tasks, he recently created the Washington State Airport Restaurants List and continues to broaden his outreach to other aviation organizations in our state. You may review a list of Warren's recent activities on behalf of WAMA here.
Last, but not least, I’d like to encourage all our airport professionals to become a mentor to a high school or college student who is showing an interest in aviation. One way to assist them in getting involved in our industry is to offer them an internship to work at our airports. Internships are a win-win situation. In addition to our aviation scholarships, WAMA offers one grant of $1,000 annually to a member airport to support hiring an intern through our Airport Management Internship Grant program. I have kept in contact with many of our interns and scholarship recipients over the years. I recently received a delightful letter from former WAMA scholarship winner and current student member, Ryan Fox. It is such a privilege to help these students along. If you would like more information about WAMA’s scholarship/internship program, please contact one of our Scholarship Committee members or me.