President's Fall/Winter 2021 Message



As we look forward to a return to normalcy, it is truly an exciting time to serve the IRWA. Since its inception in 1934, the IRWA has been dedicated to providing the highest quality educational and credentialing programs as well as a platform for the interchange of innovative ideas and promotion of best practices. Our members represent an incredibly diverse group of dynamic and talented individuals dedicated to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

As leaders, our job is to create a plan worth following. I am looking forward to doing that with the IRWA in the coming year, and I hope you are as well. There are a great many people responsible for the success of the IRWA- too many to name here. But I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the excellent work and commitment of the Board, Committee Members and Volunteers. These folks are the engine that keeps our organization strong.

I believe the IRWA is solidly positioned to provide industry leadership well into the future. To realize this vision, continued growth of our membership is key – our target is 10 percent this year. The notices for annual membership renewal were recently sent out. This is a great time for all of us to remind members and potential members of the numerous benefits of membership, including our strong code of ethics, opportunities for networking, training and development, and support of all Right-of-Way professionals. If you are aware of others who would benefit from membership, feel free to invite them to contact me, any member of the Board, the Membership Chair or direct them to our Chapter 26 website for additional information.

Thank you for expressing your faith in me as elected President of our Chapter. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year, and seeing how we can shape the future together. Even more, I look forward to hearing ideas from each of you about opportunities to create growth, change and positive momentum. Now let us focus on the road ahead and how we can make our association, our colleagues and ourselves better. Stay safe and stay connected!!

Yours in Service

Barbara W. Strouse, CPM

President, Chapter 26, Region 6