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2019 President's Message

Dear Gold Rush Members,

I am proud and excited to serve as your President for 2019. SWANA has grown from an organization primarily devoted to collection, transfer, and disposal operations to one that also focuses on recycling, innovative technology and sustainable materials management. Along with that, the Gold Rush Chapter strives to provide opportunities and settings in which solid waste and recycling professionals can share ideas and experiences. We all enjoy getting together to discuss, strategize, and improve how we handle waste, recycling and organics now and into the future.

Whether through our monthly meetings (often combined with facility tours), the legislative and regulatory advocacy work done by the California Legislative Task Force, or by getting together at SWANA’s Western Regional Symposium, Chapter members continue to enjoy opportunities to network with peers, learn what’s new and exciting in our industry, and explore how we can continue to make SWANA the premier solid waste association.

As many of you may know, SWANA National has changed the districts and number of international board members, which also involves changes at the Chapter level. Our Gold Rush executive committee will serve a year and a half in their term (normally one year), in order for our fiscal year and elections to coincide with the changes at the national level. I am excited to serve alongside Dave Gorton (Vice President), Jami Aggers (Treasurer), Patrick Matthews (Secretary), and James Moore (Past President) for the next year!

Another change for the Gold Rush Chapter is the transition to Star Chapter, an association management software system. Star Chapter will house our website, and allow us to manage membership, association emails, conference/workshop registration and fees, store documents for board use, among many other great features. We will be transitioning to this software system during the month of May, and are looking forward to an efficient way to manage our association while providing a convenience to our members.

A few more updates:

  • Members Survey: Thank you to those who answered the survey sent to membership in January. The information has been very helpful in framing our next year’s activities.
  • Plastics Workshop: The event on March 27, 2019 was well attended with lots of great information. Our second workshop in the series of four, will be in Los Angeles on June 5, 2019. This workshop will focus on local policy and program solutions. Stay tuned for more details, you will not want to miss out!
  • Upcoming Board Meetings:
    • May 15, 2019 in Livermore: Board meeting, lunch and Compology Presentation
    • July 25, 2019 in San Jose: Board meeting, lunch and tour of Zanker’s new construction and demolition recycling facility and robots.
    • September 13, 2019 in Watsonville: Annual BBQ
  • Western Regional Symposium – Save the Date! Located at the Embassy Suites in Monterey, April 26 – 30, 2020.


Thank you for being members of the SWANA Gold Rush Chapter. Please let me know if you are interested to volunteer for conference planning, become a board member, or just want to get involved. Have a fantastic summer!

Resourcefully yours,

Tracie Onstad Bills, 2018-2019 President

For more Chapter information, please visit our website.