What a great 2012 KAMFES Conference we had. Thank you, Jeff and thanks to all of the members, sponsors, and exhibitors for making our conference a success. Without you and your support the conference would be non-existent. Even with all of the economic hardships, the conference was well attended. It really exceeded my expectations. I’ve learned to never underestimate the loyalty of this membership and the great environmental health professionals we have in our state. You are truly a dedicated group.
Our economy is at an all time low. Services in some of our programs are down, especially onsite, and some programs have been cut all together. To be quite honest, I don’t know if things will ever be like it was some years back. Everyone is doing more with less, not only public health but other agencies as well. We are all wearing many hats. Every agency is trying to get a piece of the dollar so they can survive. While we are worrying if our agencies are even going to stay open, life goes on. People continue to eat out, buy groceries, kids attend school, trailer parks exist, kids go off to camp, dogs bite people, people swim and go to the spa, sewage runs into ditch lines and creeks, people throw trash over hillsides, and on and on and on. Who provides oversight for all these daily living activities that we take for granted? Who do people call to complain if there is a problem? They call you, the public health environmentalist; because it’s your job to make sure we have a safe environment and a safe food supply. Who will they call when there is no environmentalist? Who will be over the hillside in a dump tearing open bags of trash trying to find the name of an illegal dumper?