President’s Message

It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve Chapter 7 this past year as your President. On July 1 a new Executive Board will be stepping up with a proposed slate of Officers made up of Laura Stensland, SR/WA, R/W-NAC, R/W-AMC as your President; Wendy Sutton, President-Elect; Michael Kurschat, M.S.F., ASA, MAI, Vice President and Program Chair; Robert Bourgeois, Treasurer; and Trina Richardson, Secretary.

I have tried over this past year, to five back as best I could, to an organization that has given me so many benefits since I became a member some 12 years ago. I’ve made numerous friendships and have drawn from the wealth of professionals and services afforded by this Association. I look forward to continuing as an active member. I hope that each of you considers serving on the Executive Board or in some capacity in our Chapter. It truly is an everlasting experience!

When I stepped into the role as Chapter President I asked for your help, your enthusiasm and your commitment to engage our Chapter and become ambassadors for our Association – and step up you did! We’re stronger than ever and every new member that has joined our Chapter in the past year represents a broad spectrum in the right-of-way profession. This bodes well for our future as one of the premier Chapters in IRWA.

On the heal of being recognized by IRWA as Chapter of the Year, we have a couple more finalists for the year’s round of awards in San Diego. David Burgoyne, SR/WA is a finalist for the W. Howard Armstrong Instructor of the Year; Consumers Energy Employer of the Year (over 20 employees); and Website of the Year. We hope you’ll cheer on our finalists at the Annual Conference in June. Congratulations to our finalists – well deserved.

Our next Chapter event is a General Membership meeting at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek on May 5, 2015. Wendy Sutton has put together a great roster of speakers and we’ll be installing your Executive Board on that day. The formal installation will happen this day, but the celebration will continue at the Installation of Officers Banquet in South Have on Friday July 31 to Saturday August 1. As in previous years, this has always been a success.

A heartfelt thank you to all the Committee Chairpersons and members. Your support and camaraderie is appreciated. As a final thank you, I want to make special mention of the Officers who have served with me this past year. To Laura, Wendy, Michael, Robert and Trina; your support and unwavering dedication to take on the work of our Chapter and to roll up your sleeves whenever asked shows what consummate professionals you are. I am grateful for your support and your encouragement, but mostly your friendship.

It has been my honor to serve as your Chapter President.


Larysa Figol, SR/WA

Chapter 7 President and International Director


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