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The House of Delegates is History

September 8, 2014

By Angela Popenhagen, APWA-MN Delegate

After many decades in existence, the House of Delegates is changing. 

The inaugural Council of Chapters meeting was held August 16. The Council of Chapters, formerly known as the House of Delegates, will serve the organization as advisors to the APWA Board of Directors, the executive director, APWA committees and staff in support of APWA’s mission and strategic initiatives. 

During the meeting in Toronto, delegates and alternate delegates discussed the next steps for the Council and met with their newly-formed committees, which will reflect organizational priorities as identified by the Board of Directors, the Council of Chapters’ Steering Committee, chapters, and staff. 

The initial Council committees include:

  • Membership Recruitment

  • Public Works Leadership of the Future

  • Chapter Capacity Building through Mentoring

  • Infrastructure Financing

  • Advocacy

  • Congress Participation

  • Utilizing Chapters to Market and Promote the Donald C. Stone Center and the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence.  

Delegates and alternate delegates will be working together throughout the fall to continue developing work plans for their prospective committees. On July 30, 2014, the membership voted to amend the APWA Bylaws to add the Council of Chapters as a recognized body of the association.

The Council of Chapters, similar to the House of Delegates, will still be comprised of one delegate from each of the 63 APWA chapters. Formal meetings will be held twice a year, with conference calls for committee work sessions. 

The delegates still serve as the connection between the national organization and the local chapters. If you have any thoughts and comments that you would like to relay to APWA on the national level, please feel free to contact Angela Popenhagen. 

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