President’s Message


 As a chapter, we have plenty of things to be proud of, and look forward to! Our Fall Seminar at Shanty Creek last month was a tremendous success. We had excellent speakers on thought-provoking topics. If you weren’t there, you won’t want to miss any more highlights like that one.

Looking forward, we have our next General Membership meeting at Frankenmuth coming very soon! It’s less than a month away on Wednesday, November 1 at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth Michigan. So, don your lederhosen (if that works for you), and get ready for another great educational conference. You won’t want to miss the world-famous hospitality at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth.

On a sad note, our chapter and the right-of-way profession lost a giant leader last month with the passing of Alicia Worthley. We all stand on the work of those who have gone before us, and I am proud of her many accomplishments that propelled our chapter forward. If you didn’t know Alicia, you can read more in her obituary at the end of this newsletter.

Although the Regional Spring Forum looks to be far off in April 27-28, 2018, you might be interested in this one. This year it’s in Louisville, KY, and one of the events will be planned around horse racing leading up to the Kentucky Derby! Seating is limited, and reservations are required before November 1, so contact me if you’re interested in attending.

Finally, if you have employees or peers that are interested in joining the IRWA, this is an excellent time to join. A new program allows new members to join and get the first partial year of membership count towards the first full year of dues. Full details are on the IRWA website.

See you at the Glockenspiel in Frankenmuth!


Michael F. Kurschat, M.F.S., ASA, MAI

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