Hello WCC Membership,
I hope that you were able to survive winter and have had a chance to get out and enjoy the great spring weather before the last gasp of winter comes to visit for a few days. I have been enjoying the sun and dry trails for some great trail running here in Billings, which is nice to have a couple miles from my house… BOOM up on the rimrocks (Google it if you need to… image search might be best). Enough about my running (trust me, I could go on for a while), the real reason for the email is to send out a quick update before NPC19.
NPC19: I will be in San Francisco to attend APA Spring Leadership meetings and represent WCC at the Chapter Presidents Council prior to the start of the conference, as well as attending the Delegates Assembly. I’m looking forward to visiting San Francisco again and of course, all the great stuff that goes along with attending the National Planning Conference, including tons of great sessions. After the conference, look for another update on news that might be of interest to the membership.
NPC19 WCC Meet Up: As is tradition, the President will host a Meet Up for WCC members and buy your beverage(s). Mark your calendar for Monday, 15 April from 6-8pm at The Beer Hall 1 Polk Street, San Francisco (click HERE for a link to Google Maps). The Beer Hall is located a little over a mile southwest of the Moscone Center (and despite the name, has more than just beer). They do not take reservations so I will try to arrive a little early to grab a spot for us (and test a beer). Look for me with said beer and a WCC sign on the table. If you don’t see me, text me at 406-670-5700. Please drop by. one of the great things about NPC is being able to meet members of WCC face to face… a challenge with our large geographic region.
WCC on the Socials: Look for NPC19 related activity on our Twitter account and Instagram accounts . If you have a social media account, use the #WCCinSF so we can all follow along with the WCC clan invading the Bay Area.
Elections: In case you missed the email a few days ago, WCC is once again participating in the APA combined elections. WCC Past President Allison Mouch is our elections administrator and below is more information from Allison:
Greetings Western Central Chapter members,
Are you interested in getting more involved with APA, serving your communities and your state planning chapter in a leadership capacity? Well, now’s your chance! We are currently looking for passionate, dedicated individuals interested in serving as President or Vice-President of the Western Central Chapter Board. The nominations portal for all interested candidates will be open through April 24th, 2019, and information about eligibility, the election process, and all open positions can be found online here. If you have never used the nominations website, choose the “Sign Up Here!” option to register. You will be asked to confirm your email address before you can log in.
In addition to these open positions on the Western Central Chapter Board, APA is also looking for committed individuals interested in serving on the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, the Student Representatives Council, and many other divisions as well!
As your election administrator, please contact me with any questions you may have about the process, timeline or open positions on the Western Central Board. You can also email email@example.com with questions about the consolidated election process and other board, commission and division positions available.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart!” – Elizabeth Andrew
Allison Mouch, AICP
HELP WANTED!!! WCC Treasurer Needed: After many years on the WCC Board, with the last 1.5 as Treasurer, Bethany Brandt-Sargent is transferring out of the WCC region to St. Paul. I want to thank her for her service to WCC, especially as Treasurer, and wish her well in her move to the Twin Cities. Maybe you read about the elections and thought, hmm… I don’t want to run for President or Vice President this year. Guess What? You can still get a seat on the Board if you are interested in serving as Chapter Treasurer. The Treasurer is appointed by the President and serves on the Board. As you may know, I served as Treasurer before becoming President and it is not an especially time consuming job. It only takes a few hours a month and participation in our quarterly Board conference calls, along with some prep before the meetings to get out an updated financial spreadsheet to the Board. If you are interested, please get in touch with me and I would be happy to give you some additional details on the position and answer any questions.
And a few quick hits:
Website: Remember, our website has moved!! We are now at: www.wcc.planning.org and hosted by APA.
Mentorship/New Planners: We have a new page on the WCC website for those interested in Mentoring or being a Mentee, as well as for New Planners.
Planning Webcast Series: WCC is a member of a coalition of Chapters and Divisions that sponsor the Planning Webcast Series. All of these webinars are free to WCC members and I encourage you to check out the website as there are a variety of topics offered and the lineup is constantly being updated.
APA Learn: Last fall, APA launched APA Learn as an online education opportunity. This is another way that AICP members can obtain CM credits and all members to find continuing education opportunities.
APA Planners Advocacy Network: If you are interested in learning more about APA’s advocacy, check out (and join, it’s free) the Planners’ Advocacy Network.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions/comments/concerns on the WCC. And I hope to see you in San Francisco!
Jeff Bollman, AICP