AWPA e-Newsletter: December 2020


AWPA Membership Renewal

Have you renewed your AWPA Membership for 2021?  Membership renewals are currently underway, and you can renew online through the AWPA portal.  Visit the AWPA home page and click “AWPA Member Login” on the red bar at the top of the page.  (Note that if you have not logged in recently, you will need to reset your password using your email address as your username.)  Once your password is updated and you have logged in as a member, click the round profile icon in the top right corner and select ‘My Profile’. In your profile, choose the ‘Membership’ tab in the middle of the screen to see your current renewal option.  You can then complete the process by paying with a credit or debit card.  **2021 Regular Membership Dues are $275. If payment for renewal is received on or before January 15, 2021, an early renewal discount of $50 applies for a discounted price of $225.  You may also update your contact information, communication preferences, and view member pages and other information not available to non-members. 


2021 AWPA Sponsorship Enrollment

In addition to membership dues and publication sales, AWPA relies heavily upon voluntary contributions from organizations that support AWPA’s objectives and purposes.  Through our Organizational Sponsorship Program, AWPA recognizes its sponsors at meetings, on the website, in publications, and other printed materials.  If your organization is an AWPA Sponsor in 2020, your sponsorship contact should have received a renewal request by email on November 11.  If your organization has not received a renewal request, please let us know and we will send you another one.  If you are not currently a sponsor and you’re able to support AWPA financially, please visit the “become a sponsor” web page or contact AWPA for more information.


AWPA Welcomes Another New Member

Here is AWPA’s newest member...Congratulations and welcome!

  • Jess Courtright, Brooks Manufacturing Company


Call for Papers:  117th Annual Meeting

The AWPA Annual Meeting Arrangements Committee is putting together another excellent technical program for the 117th Annual Meeting, currently scheduled to be held in Charleston, South Carolina.  If you would like to present a paper during one of the many Technical Sessions, please submit the working title, list of authors, and a brief description (or the abstract) to AWPA as soon as possible.  Contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.


Proceedings of the 116th AWPA Annual Meeting

The annual Proceedings of the American Wood Protection Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting Business Session have been posted to the “AWPA Proceedings Archives” page in the AWPA member section of the website.  AWPA members may now search all editions of the Proceedings from 1904 to 2020 on the Proceedings Archive page.  Click here to log in as a member then click on “Member Pages” to find the Proceedings Archives If you’ve ordered a printed copy of the 2020 Proceedings, the softcover versions were mailed this week, and the hardcover versions will be mailed in January.


AWPA Officers, Executive Committee Members, and Nominating Committee Members

AWPA members are encouraged to nominate individuals to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, or Nominating Committee Members for the 2021/2022 term.  If you know of an eligible AWPA member that would serve AWPA well in any of these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Rick Bleskey, or you may submit the nomination directly to AWPA.  The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020.


2020BoScover425The 2020 AWPA Book of Standards is Still Available!

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sale of the AWPA Book of Standards?  Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development.  If you do not have the 2020 edition, your standards are already outdated!  This edition is available as a hefty 674-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination.  To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing. If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.


Fall 2020 Standardization Activity

Letter ballots were issued on November 4, 2020 and closed on December 4, 2020.  The negative resolution process is currently underway, and a recirculation ballot will soon be issued if necessary.  The AWPA Executive Committee will perform its procedural and legal review prior to final ratification in January 2021. All revisions to standards resulting from ratified proposals will be effective upon publication of the 2021 AWPA Book of Standards with an anticipated release date in April or May 2021. The current status and a summary of proposals is found on the standards activity web page.


Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Winter Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama, January 2021 (exact date TBD)
  • Spring Executive Committee Meeting: Charleston, South Carolina, May 15, 2021
  • 117th Annual Meeting: Charleston, South Carolina, May 16-18, 2021
  • Summer Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama, August 2021 (exact date TBD)
  • 2021 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 27-30, 2021