Membership Renewal Ensures Continuing GAWDA Benefits

by John Ospina

The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is constantly evaluating and improving member services to provide the best and most useful advice, assistance and information available.

Members’ valuable input last year has resulted in GAWDA’s expanded range of member benefits. Since membership is the only way to access these, please make sure your company has renewed its membership status for 2017. The current grace period for non-renewed members ends March 1.

GAWDA Publications

GAWDA provides the latest industry news and up-to-date information to members on a regular and ongoing basis through several publications and online content sources.

Welding & Gases Today, GAWDA’s official magazine, is published quarterly. It is mailed to member companies and available online at A modernization undertaken in 2016 has been fully implemented now, making the publication easier to read and containing more useful information than ever before.

In this issue, the magazine debuts a new, repeating, high-value feature: the ITR Economics quarterly economic analysis and forecast. The ITR Report includes the most up-to-date information on economic indicators and market conditions affecting our industry. ITR Economics has a superior record of accuracy. The report is customized with GAWDA-specific data and industry-pertinent economic indicators. ITR also offers useful advice for practical application of its recommendations

News is also conveyed twice monthly via the GAWDA Connection newsletter. Members also receive regular GAWDA Safety Bulletins via the members-only portal on the GAWDA web site. That location also contains archived Safety Bulletin copies and catalogs the new ITR Economics’ Monthly Newsletter and ITR data dashboards.

GAWDA Consultants

GAWDA’s consultant services are the most widely used of any of our exclusive offerings. Consultants include Mike Dodd (DOT, Security, OSHA and EPA topics); Tom Badstubner (FDA and Medical Gases); Richard L. Schweitzer, Government Affairs and Human Resources); Brian McLaughlin (Group Life Insurance); and now Alan Beaulieu, GAWDA’s chief economist, of ITR Economics.

Scholarship Deadline Feb. 15

The application deadline for GAWDA’s Foundation scholarship is February 15. Member companies must have membership paid through 2017 for company-sponsored applicants to be considered for a scholarship.

Contact Booth Program Open

The Spring Management Conference Contact Booth Program is now open for registration. Members must be paid through 2017 to apply and to prevent delays in securing a booth assignment.

Directory Updates

Information for the 2017 Member Directory is being updated and sent to renewing member companies’ key contacts for review. Companies that have not renewed membership will not appear in the 2017 directory.

Please get in touch with GAWDA if you have any questions about available benefits or the value of membership. We look forward to serving you.