Illinois Soil & Water Conservation District Employees Association

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Winter Training 2014


Service Awards

35 Years: Steve Bracey (Logan), John Lundquist (Carroll)

30 Years: Debbie Gray (White), Randy Hurt (Cumberland), Wm. C. Joseph (Mercer), Edward Weskerna (McHenry-Lake)

25 Years: Ruth Anthe (LaSalle), Rebecca Barr (Hamilton), Jeff Blackorby (Jersey), Brad Tarr (Jasper), Rick Winbigler (Warren), Jackie Falkenstein (Boone)

20 Years: Jewel Brooks (White), Thad Eshleman (Iroquois), Robin Mizell (Massac), Jannifer Powelson (Stark), C.R. Smith (Clay & Wayne)

15 Years: Terry Bachtold (Livingston), Betty Buckert (Hancock), Melissa Cauble (Montgomery), Rob Clark (Tazewell), Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller (Kane-DuPage), Josh Joseph (Peoria), Sharon Matson (Henry), Linda Walter (Massac)

10 Years: Megan Andrews (Kendall), Marilyn Kelton Johnson (Menard), Lindsay Daniels (Lee), Joyce Scholl (Stark)

5 Years: Sondra Baker (DeWitt), Lorna Chezem (Stephenson), Jancie Kessler (Clay)

Three Outstanding District Employees were nominated for the Employee of the Year. 

Wendy Brokaw took home the honors!  Congratulations!

Winter Training kicked off with the head basketball coach from Illinois Wesleyan, Mia Smith, speaking to the group and introducing them to a little team building project:


2014 ISWCDEA Highlights


December 2013: Winter Training

  • total attendance of 150, the largest in recent years

February 2014: Legislative Day/Reception & Green Ribbon Campaign

  • 26 attended

July 2014: Summer Conference

  • 5 Sessions planned and offered: 250 attended

Co-Chairs Reps For:

  • AISWCD Quarterly Board Meetings/Conference Calls & Reports
  • NRCS/SWCD "Memorandum of Understanding" - AISWCD Work Group

ISWCDEA Sponsored:

  • Employee Service Awards: 33 recipients
  • $500 Scholarship - Mike Malon, RC in Jo Davies County
  • IL Envirothon - Midland High School, Marshall-Putnam


  • License Plate Frame Fundraiser
  • 'Team Conservation' t-shirt sale
  • 50/50 Raffle at Summer Conference: won by Tara Hopkins AC/RC, Edgar County


  • SWCD Human Resources Guide
  • Retirement options research/survey


  • Monthly articles to the AISWCD "Conservation Catchall"
  • Quarterly articles to the AISWCD LUC newsletters


  • Toys for Tots for Marine Corps
  • Used eyeglasses, lenses, hearing aids, and cell phones for Lions Club


  • Policies
  • By-Laws
  • Annual Plan of Work
  • Outstanding District Employee Application Changes


  • IL SWCD inclusion in IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy
  • Employee's technology updates
  • State Envirothon


  • ISWCDEA Website and online Employee Handbook