Northwest Area APDA
2010 Fall Meeting
Kelowna, British Columbia

September 28 - 30, 2010
Manteo Resort
Host Fortis, BC

***** Northwest Area Officers Present *****
President: Greg Rahn - AESO
Vice President: John Schaffroth - CHPD
Secretary: Arlen Simon - DOPD
Treasurer: Chris MCDarment - CHPD
Trustee: Dave Bennett - BCTC

***** APDA Members Present *****

Dave Kokiw - Fortis BC Peter Niessen - Fortis BC Ken Geisinger - Fortis BC
Mitch Dobie - Fortis BC Sharon Traynor - Fortis BC Ken Bishop - BC Hydro
Erica Simpson _ BC Hydro Greg Grissom - BPA Greg Alexander - BPA
Ken Noggles - GCPD Bobbie Roberts - NWE Shelby Burchett - DOPD
John Logan - DOPD Michele Wynne - Tesla Zenon Price - Altalink
Mark Sturgon - Altalink Warren Bailey - Altalink Jeff Goodman - AESO

The meeting was held at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia September 28th-30th, 2010. The NW area business meeting was called to order by President Greg Rahn (AESO). 23 members attended the business meeting.

***** Previous Meeting Minutes *****

Minutes of the Spring 2010 meeting were read by Arlen Simon (DOPD); Bobbie Roberts (NWE), moved to accept the minutes as read and Ken Bishop (BCHydro) seconded.



***** Correspondence *****

There were three letters received by the Board. Thank you letters from Scholarship students, Dylan Schriver and Jenna Divis and a letter from Henry Strong of Transpower, New Zealand on the 2012 National Meeting scheduled in New Zealand.

***** Report of Area Secretary *****

Report on minutes uploaded to Website and appreciation of Gayle Taylor for maintenance.

***** Report of Area Treasurer *****

Made balance sheet available to membership, discussed with group. Four hundred sixty five dollars in from the Raffle additional.

***** Report of Area Trustee *****

Dave Bennett (BCTC) gave a report on the national meetings. Next meeting scheduled in Memphis October 18-21, 2010.

***** Report of Nominating Committee*****


***** Report of Area President *****

Transpower letter read and discussed. Discussion on company support for this trip….very unique. (Letter sent out October sixth to Area Contacts)

*****Report from the Vice President*****

John Schaffroth reported VP working very hard on APDA “Stuff” and again thanked FortisBC group for a well hosted meeting.

***** Report from the Committees *****

Shirt Committee – Chairman, Jim Wilson (GCPD) sent a nice array of shirts to the meeting which were well received. Any requests should be sent to Jim. Ken Noggles (GCPUD) email is on the contact page of the NWAPDA website.

Scholarship Committee – Scholarships were awarded this Spring to Dylan Schriver going to Penn State, son of JayDee Shriver (DOPD) and Jenna Divis, daughter of Rip Divis (Avista). The Committee also reminded the membership that forms and information was on the NWAPDA Website and for Contact personal to get their members to apply.

Nominating Committee – Bobbie Roberts (NWE) and Dave Bennett (BCTC) had nothing to report.

***** Unfinished Business *****


***** New Business *****

Discussed sponsorships. What works and not for the meeting. (Example having the Dinner the second nights as numerous members finds it necessary to fly out the night before the business meeting).

Also Chris discussed having the Banquet early for the note above….discussion amongst the members present reported that the activities were in conflict with the availability of the banquet. It worked out well and should be considered in the future.
Greg Rahn (AESO) brought up that the Breakfast with the business meeting was also a good success.

Michelle Wynne (Tesla) reported that the Hospitality House is an important part of the meeting. It gives the membership a place to share information and experience. It is a good central meeting place.

Greg Rahn (AESO) mentioned that the fall meeting was to be a joint meeting with the SW in Las Vegas again. He also mentioned that although the 2012 spring meeting is still 2 years away, it will be hosted by Transpower NZ in Wellington, New Zealand so travel arrangements should be made as early as possible. CEHs will be provided.

A discussion was held on the Transpower meeting and how to support it. March 2012 Sharon Traynor suggested an idea of each shop having a pool of funds amongst the membership to help each shop send a member. Chris (Chelan) and Greg (AESO) suggested that the company’s pay for a regular Airline fare and the normal hotel, registration and foods.

Next Spring meeting has been moved to Billings, Montana with the NorthWest Power Pool as the SW has moved their meeting back to SLTahoe. Fall meeting which was discussed being joint again in Las Vegas….some shops had issues with the image, but it was mentioned that this was the largest meeting on record with over one hundred in attendance. Cheap flight and rooms pushed the CEH’s to a new low.

Discussion on balance in account>> Arlen would like to see a motion to give the local host NWAPDA $1500 and National $1500 to the meeting host. The true cost is eight to ten thousand dollars now. Much discussion ensued and then the motion was made to handle local meeting that way, and hence forward.

Shelby Burchett, (DOPD) motioned and Ken Noggles, (Grant) seconded motion. A vote was taken and passed beginning with this meeting at Fortis.

Ken Gelsinger, (FortisBC) thanked all that came. Registration was slow, but all was good with twenty three members present.

Thanks to the Fortis team for the meeting Ken Gelsinger, Dave Kokiw, Sharon Traynor, Mitch Dobie, Ken Lebedoff and also Tech Support Clayton Stooshnoff. A special thanks to Len and Karen Markin for the inspirational speech at the Banquet and riding herd on the Hospitality House.
Tesla as always much appreciated in their support.

***** Report of Accident and Sickness *****


***** Good of the Association *****



“Keep the light on and your feet up on the desk”

Respectfully submitted
Arlen Simon - Treasurer