AWPA e-Newsletter: March 2020


Status of 116th Annual Meeting Registration

We understand that some of you are concerned about air travel and conference attendance because of COVID-19. We are aware of current guidelines and advisories, and the Executive Committee continues to consider postponement or cancellation as we continue to monitor the situation. Any new information will immediately be posted on the 116th Annual Meeting Web Page as soon as it is known to AWPA. As of today (March 16, 2020), the meeting is still taking place during its scheduled dates and location, but this is subject to change. The AWPA Executive Committee is actively working with event venues as it pertains to guidance issued by federal, state, and local health officials, including updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). On or before March 24, 2020, AWPA will make a final decision on postponement or cancellation and will notify all persons in our database of that decision, which is intended to serve in the best interest of our members and attendees. We also strongly recommend that each person review the CDC's COVID-19 web page, assess their own risks, and make their own decision as to whether they should travel or attend conferences over the next few months. Early registration has been extended to March 27 so that those who are still planning to attend or who haven’t decided yet will have time to register at the early rate after a decision has been announced.


2020 Membership Renewal

AWPA membership renewal notices were sent by email in October and by postal mail in December, along with a couple of email reminders to those who haven’t renewed yet.  Current AWPA members need to first log into the AWPA Members’ store then click on “Membership Renewal” under “Categories” on the left-hand side of the page.  If you’ve forgotten your online store password, click here. If you are not currently an AWPA member, please consider applying for membership. For more information, please contact AWPA.


Thanks to Those Who Purchased Books of Standards in 2019!

The AWPA Executive Committee would like to thank those who continue to support AWPA’s objectives by annually purchasing the Book of Standards. This book is the culmination of the work experience and consensus of the membership to produce the standards which guide our industry and the users and specifiers of treated wood. It is a major source of funding to the Association and an integral source of information to those who purchase and use it to support their interests and work.  Click here to download a listing of those who purchased Books of Standards directly from AWPA in 2019.  Again, many thanks to those who support our standards development process!


AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA’s newest members...Congratulations and welcome!

  • David Milsted, Mississippi State University
  • Emeka Iweagwu, EI Information Systems, LLC
  • Kevin Costanzo, Koppers, Inc.
  • David Pike, Lonza Wood Protection
  • Steven Jang, Lonza Wood Protection


2019 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 don’t have the 2019 edition, your standards are already outdated!  This edition is available as a hefty 656-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 (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password).  If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.


Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Spring 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 25, 2020
  • 116th Annual Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 26-28, 2020
  • Summer 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama.  Date/Location to be determined
  • 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Eldorado Hotel, September 20-24, 2020