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President’s Message
December 9, 2021

Dear Chapter 32 IRWA Members,

As we approach the end of the year and the Christmas holiday, I want to take a moment to connect with our

members and bring everyone up to date. On November 17th an Executive Board Meeting was held to determine

interest in a Christmas/4th Quarter Meeting that is in-person. I and the board concluded that an in-person meeting

could be safely held given the steady decline of Covid-19 to include the Delta variant. As of December 6th, the

average decline for the 4 county areas of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville is -77.7% from the highs

of September 2021. Unfortunately, the meeting venues favored by our chapter are booked and I respectfully decline

to hold another Zoom Chapter Meeting when so much more is accomplished at in-person meetings. Whether

catching up with colleagues or updates from chapter chairs, the in-person meeting benefits us the most. So, to set the

tone for 2022, our next meeting will be on January 13th at 6:30 PM. The venue is The Loveless Café and is a

member’s only event, though you may bring guests by direct invitation.

I will not be lengthy with chapter updates as the chapter newsletter will contain more in-depth information and will

be distributed before year’s end. But I and some of the chapter chairs continue to attend Zoom meetings with

national committees to bring information to the local level. These meetings include IVC, IPAC, and ITC and reports

will be delivered on January 13th.

Educationally, we are in good hands with Angel Bailey, RWP and Melinda Upchurch as they are working on the 3-

year education plan and continue selecting courses for our members based on feedback. I am impressed by their

knowledge and hard work. As Angel and Melinda develop the curriculum, be on the lookout for the IRWA Chapter

32 Course Survey for 2022. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and I encourage all members to

participate since the responses serve as the educational guide for the year.

Finally, allow me to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We have much to be thankful

for and to look forward to in 2022!

With appreciation,


C. Brett Spaulding, MAI, SRA

Chapter 32 President

Warren Gepford

Chapter 32 members,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform the Chapter of the passing of beloved longtime Chapter member, Warren Gepford. Warren was a Gentlemen’s Gentleman. His obituary will be in the upcoming Chapter newsletter. I will always fondly remember his soft spoken voice delivering insightful words of wisdom.

Respectfully,

R. Rhett Turner, MAI, SR/WA
Chapter 32 President

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Since its inception as a not-for-profit association in 1934, IRWA has united the efforts of its members toward professional development, improved service to employers and the public, and advancements within the right of way profession. IRWA is the unsurpassed source of right of way educational programs and professional services worldwide.

Billions of dollars are spent annually in the acquisition, management, and transfer of rights of way. With the technical skills required for proficiency in this complex activity, IRWA’s specialized education and training programs provide an essential foundation for right of way professionals around the world.

IRWA Chapter 32 is a great resource for education and connecting with other in the right of way profession.

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