Keith Moss has been in the wastewater and water treatment business for nearly three decades so when he was asked a few years back to serve as the treasurer for the 2,000-plus members of the Michigan Water Environment Association, he didn’t need any time to think about it.
“I just wanted to give back to people who helped me learn the business,” said Keith, an FVOP senior project manager in southwest Michigan.
Keith’s service to the MWEA will be recognized at an awards luncheon June 25th during 94th Annual Conference at Boyne Mountain & Resort. He’ll receive the MWEA’s Outgoing Treasurer award.
Keith’s involvement in the MWEA began in 2005 at the local level. As superintendent of the utilities for the City of Charlotte, Keith got involved in Section 7 activities and events around the Lansing area. He became assistant committee chair, then chair and treasurer at the local level. His duties included setting up and running monthly and bi-monthly lunch-n-learns for continuing education credits for area operators and doing the financial books. At the same time, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Rural Water Association.
In 2016, Keith was voted in as the MWEA treasurer. His three-year term expires this year. For the statewide association, his duties included signing contracts and approving and overseeing checks weekly.
“The hardest part initially was learning how to go through the association contracts and then it was searching for a new director,” said Keith, who figures he volunteered about 10 hours a month to the association.
Keith got in the wastewater business in 1989 and says it has grown “by leaps and bounds.”
“I love talking about the business,” Keith noted. “And since I joined FVOP two years ago, I’ve learned more new things than I did in the first 28 years.”
Keith said he decided to step away from his volunteer efforts to devote more time to FVOP projects.
“My heart is with FVOP until I retire,” he added.