2019 NCWM Newsletter, Issue #3

NCWM NEWS Nat ional Conference on Weights and Measures

Chairman ’ s Column Craig VanBuren, NCWM Chairman — State of Michigan

2019 Issue 3

Chairman’s Column. ...................1

our weights and measures community. It’s amazing how many recognize the unique bond we all share. Frankly, the love I have for the people in weights and measures is what has kept me here through the rough patches of my career. As we develop the strategic plan to meet our overarching goal of 5,000 members by 2025 (5 by 25), one thing is for certain, we need to ensure the type of support I received continues to be there, not only for new members joining, but also not forgetting those here today. This leads us into my theme for the year, “Building our Future by Sharing Our Knowledge.” Our best tool for growing and retaining members is sharing the knowledge we have with others. My first goal as chairman is to create a mentoring program for NCWM. We have a vast amount of knowledge among us and, from my experience, I know there are many willing to share. You could even consider this one part of a succession plan, not only for the Conference but for weights and measures as a whole. To many like myself, that initial contact and interaction is always the most difficult. If we can facilitate that introduction and get people comfortable with one another more quickly, it will be easier to go to a person with questions. On the mentor’s side, this would help give a better idea of where the other needs to grow and can help steer them to a path of success. Please let me know if you would be willing to be a mentor.

Safety Column: “Proper Lifting Techniques”......................3

2020 NCWM Interim Meeting......4

Event Calendar...........................6

NTEP Column: “Welcome New NCWM Staff!”..............................6 NCWM Welcomes New Members.............................7

Dear NCWM Members,

We have had another successful Conference and I would like to thank those in attendance for their participation. Thank you to the State of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaulkee for hosting; it is a great city and I’m glad I had the opportunity to see it! Thank you to NCWM staff, the volunteers on the various committees and workgroups, and the NIST staff. Most of all, thank you for entrusting me with leading the Conference over the next year. In my address, you were able to hear a little of my weights and measures background and how I got to where I am now. My journey has been bolstered by those around me willing to provide guidance, answer questions, and introduce me to those with vast weights and measures knowledge. I really could not have gotten to where I am without their mentorship and I thank them for that. A reoccurring theme we heard at the Conference, from Constantine’s invocation mentioning “commitment”, Deputy Secretary Romanski’s talk of sharing knowledge, to Dr. Copan’s actual recognition of this group as a family, is the support we have within

Looking Forward.......................13

Tip of the Month........................13

104 th NCWM Annual Meeting: Voting Record. ..........................14

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