At our Backflow Association in my hometown area, there's an opening for vice president to the Backflow Association Program.
It's a 2 year commitment that gives some inside source knowledge to the association and what not.
I don't know if it pays anything, have no clue.
The meetings, 4 a year including the PHCC convention in February is all part of this.
Get to deal with Conbraco, Midwest, Watts, Febco to name a few in the industry with new products, cross-connection histories and the like.
As I've mentioned, I'm a businessman first but I wanted to see if you all thought it would be a good idea to accept this position or not.
It's open to all for the position. I believe my qualifications are met given I'm a Master Plumber along with being a tester for the past 10 years now.
The meetings unfortunately are lackluster and they consist of a dinner and some small talk, maybe a few guest speakers that make it interesting.
I stand to gain if I take this position; this is a fine compliment to my second business with the credential potential.
The president position would be something I wouldn't be interested in given the fact I'm not testing these units, along with the limited time I've had with repairing/replacing them.
I'll be first to admit that I gained that credential years ago solely for the knowledge base, knowing that it's something I'd like to say is a fine compliment to my profession.
I would truly like to see across the United States the enactment of every journeyman plumber MUST take a course in backflow/cross-connection prevention.
Should I or shouldn't I? It's worth my time in the long run.
I'd like to say that I can sometimes be motivational on these plumbing forums from time to time jogging questions about big picture topics.
I can relay that format in person or in large groupings of people. I don't care if I was speaking to a 1000 people in front of me, I can do it.
It's a calling I haven't followed in life but I would need a coach before going after it in a different concept.
Certainly though, I don't see myself over time going from hotel to hotel getting the masses together to buy my logic, ever.
I just want to be a contributor to the profession of plumbing before I leave this earth, make it better before I die. I feel that we all should contribute more than just actively representing ourselves day to day as professionals.
We have a trade that needs reinforcement that not just everybody can do it and we need to keep in focus of the new generation entering the plumbing profession that there's a certain degree of culpability we must reach to call ourselves tradesmen.
I posted this in the business section as I feel it serves a better purpose for those in the ranks that are positioned for these possibilities.