Winter 2012
NGWA Foundation News
A newsletter of the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation
Franklin Electric Gifts $300,000 for McEllhiney, New Efforts
Groundwater Sustainability Is Focus of 2013 McEllhiney Lecture
Ten Awarded Foundation Scholarships
2012 Annual Fundraising Auction Continues Support of Foundation
NGWREF Commits to First Major Fundraising Campaign Since 1992
Foundation Expands Contribution Options
2013 Darcy Lecture Focuses on Managing Groundwater Beneath Agricultural Landscape
Foundation Awards Four Students with 2012 NGWREF Farvolden Awards
Board Evolves with Additions, Departures
Franklin Electric Gifts $300,000 for McEllhiney, New Efforts

Franklin Electric Co. has made a $300,000, six-year commitment to continue to support the McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology, as well as to develop additional programs to enhance water well system professionals’ skills and competencies. In May 2005, Franklin Electric began underwriting the lecture series.

Franklin Electric has made half of its pledge for continued underwriting of the McEllhiney Lecture Series, and the other half is devoted to other workforce development programs, including providing $5000 a year for six years for a scholarship for vocational training at a recognized institution offering either a drilling or a water systems curriculum, or both. The balance of $20,000 a year will go to develop instructional programs and aids in water well systems installation and service.

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and automotive fuels.

“Franklin Electric has long been committed to education and training in the water systems industry,” said Dehancey Davis, president, North American Water Systems for Franklin Electric. “We are proud to continue our support of the McEllhiney Lecture Series, and we embrace the opportunity to invest in the NGWREF workforce development programs for the future growth of our industry.”

“The commitment is the largest commitment in the Foundation’s 20-year history,” Foundation Board President Steve Schneider, MGWC, said, “and comes as a part of a significant fundraising campaign for the Foundation.”

“After 20 years, the Association and critical volunteer leaders made an organizational and personal commitment to seek to move the Foundation to higher levels of service to the groundwater professions and the public,” said NGWA and NGWREF CEO Kevin McCray, CAE. “Once again, Franklin has taken a leadership role to invest in the industry providing drinking water for 45 percent of the U.S., and perhaps a third or more of the planet’s population.”

Franklin Electric desires to expand its support by funding, again over six years, $150,000 to existing or new initiatives to further strengthen water well system installer and service technician skills and competencies.

Safe drinking water underlies good health and productivity, no matter where it is consumed around the world. Across the U.S., nearly 45% of drinking water is groundwater; around the world it is closer to half of all drinking water. To maintain high standards of drinking water safety and supply requires a highly capable and future-prepared workforce.

Crucial investments to sustain this workforce and the businesses that employ them will be leveraged through initiatives of the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation. These investments were strongly recommended by participants in the fundraising feasibility study authorized by the Foundation in 2011.

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