The Northeast Florida Branch, comprising seven counties in northeast Florida (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns), traces the roots of its founding to 1975, when one of the “founding fathers” of the Florida Chapter, Bill Bryant, and a future Life Member and Chapter President, Stan Nodland, met to discuss the creation of the Northeast Branch, along with preparing for the upcoming Florida Chapter Annual Meeting and Trade Show the following year. Realizing that they needed help, they recruited another future Life Member, Florida Chapter Member of the Year and Chapter President, George Knecht, to help in this endeavor, along with another future Florida Chapter Member of the Year, Al Kinard.
Over the next few years, these and others tirelessly toiled to ensure the branch by-laws were written and adopted, established a branch budget and successfully secured the support of the City of Jacksonville for the newly found organization, which paid the membership dues for several employees. Meanwhile, informal, low key monthly meetings, mostly attended by City of Jacksonville employees, were set up to discuss branch goals and activities, and to encourage everyone to get involved in Florida Chapter activities.
These early actions eventually led to the anticipated result, with the Chapter formally accepting the Branch as an integral member on April 26, 1979. As time progressed, the Branch embodied members from all the northeast counties, including the corporate community. In the mid-1980’s, the increased support from the private sector was recognized by alternating the Chairman position, public and then private, which only strengthened the community ties with APWA. Currently, the Branch may not be the biggest or the most affluent, but it is tight knit and provides much support to the members.
March 30 2017 Equipment Road-E-O
Hosted by St. Johns County Public Works 32 Participants from 5 Counties & 4 Cities and 40 Observers, Members, Sponsors & Volunteers!
City of Jacksonville Clay County Nassau County City of St. Augustine Flagler County St. Johns County City of Palatka Putnam County
Thanks to Sponsors:
RingPower Ag-Pro Allen’s Speed and Machine Shop AshBritt City Works Constantine Engineering, Inc. England-Thims & Miller, Inc. Great Southern Equipment Company Matthews Design Group Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc. Republic Services Southern Sewer Southland Specialties, Inc. Thompson Pump VJ Usina Contracting Wilson Machine and Welding Works, Inc. Synergy Rents and Ace Hardware donated prizes.
Winners from St. Johns County, left to right:
Blake Pamies, Dustin Greene, Andrew Dupont and Brack Hagar.
Joel Avalos, UNF Electrical Engineering $1,000 Charles Roy, City of Atlantic Beach, PW Academy $500 Anthony Leonard, City of Atlantic Beach, PW Academy $500 Dan Hendren, City of St. Augustine, PW Academy $500 Dwyne VanLanker, City of St. Augustine, TREEO Center $500