Dear ISWM Members, 

 
As we begin to wrap up the summer of 2013 and turn towards fall, I cannot remember a summer quite like this one. With so much rain and unseasonable temperatures, it has been quite an unusual season. Commodity prices seem to be going up, and our interest rates seem to be rising as well.  This generally means the world's economy may be tough for the remainder of the year.
 
With board members and local officers changing around due to business concerns and professional changes, it is time for a new generation of leaders in the Weighing and Measurement profession to step up and be mentored to lead our ISWM group going forward. It is also time for our existing leaders to start sharing their wealth of knowledge to our future leaders!  I was blessed to have the J.A. King leadership team from the ISWM Southeast Division and the Irene/Otto Warnlof leadership team from the ISWM Potomac Division show me how successful divisions are run, and I am thankful to all of them!
 
ISWM seems to be energized, and more active this year with Fall 2013 Division meetings planned for the Potomac, Southeast, Central/Northwest, New England and Greater New York Divisions.  I'm sure other divisions are planning fall meetings as well.
 
Our February 2014 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas is entitled, "One Voice Among Many -- How YOU Can Shape the Future of America's Weighing Industry."  The conference is shaping up under the excellent leadership of Rob Woodward, Ann Crowley and Karen Hutchison.  Our keynote speaker will speak on helpful business strategies to flourish in tough times.  We will have a "State of the Industry" Roundtable with invited representatives from NISA, SMA, SDA, NCWM, NIST and ISWM.  We will have two tracks of educational topics focused on owners/managers as well as a technical track focused on VCAP, NTEP and UL certification processes.  On Friday, we will have our popular Manufacturer and Dealer Roundtables as well as an update on our dealer surveys.  Block your calendar, make your reservations and get prepared to be educated and have fun in Vegas on February 11-14, 2014!
 
We are all on loan and here for a reason and a season.  Enjoy life, give back and my very best wishes for you, your families and businesses for the remainder of 2013!
 
God Bless,
 
Steve Dishon
President 2012-2014

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