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Inside GAWDA Archive

  • 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 [...]

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  • 2017: New Look, New Ideas and an Energized Team

    An Energetic Start to 2017 By Mark Raimy The New Year often brings change and for our industry, this year is no exception. As we prepare to absorb the potential transformational changes in store for our industry, we at GAWDA have been working to deliver some exciting changes to enhance the GAWDA experience for our members this [...]

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  • Goals Set, Met: More Useful Assistance Provided for Members

    by John Ospina Welcome back to the Grand Wailea. The last time we held our annual convention here was in 2010. A lot has changed since then, but the drive to improve the offerings of the Association remains strong. GAWDA continues to have a vibrant and active leadership and volunteer base. Their involvement and dedication continues to [...]

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  • Reflections on My Fast, Enjoyable Year as GAWDA President

    by William Visintainer The last 12 months have gone by very quickly and very enjoyably, just as other past presidents advised me that they would. As I look back at the year’s accomplishments and what lies ahead for our association and its members, I remain very positive regarding our long-term prospects. Though this has been a period [...]

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  • Membership Campaign Aims for a Bigger, Stronger GAWDA

    GAWDA Distributors, Suppliers Helping in Recruitment Effort In an initiative being led by members of the Membership Services Committee, assisted by headquarters staff and involving the entire membership, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has announced a new-member recruitment program. Called the “Member-Get-A-Member” program, the initiative is designed to strengthen, grow, and diversify the distributor and [...]

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  • GAWDA is Listening to and Acting on Member Feedback

    Surveys, One-to-One Interface Yielding Important Ideas and Changes The GAWDA online survey, taken right after the Spring Management Conference, measured the views of distributor and supplier members regarding that event. The explicit, candid feedback we received has been very informative and in many ways, quite gratifying. The Association is pleased with the high rate of participation and [...]

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  • Introducing CVENT: GAWDA’s New Registration System

    Here’s How to Get Utmost Benefit from this Online Program As you may already know, GAWDA has launched a new registration system for this year’s Annual Convention. Having a new, streamlined system was identified by President Bill Visintainer as one of his main goals for his year as GAWDA president. GAWDA staff researched a number of software [...]

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  • Here’s the Good News: GAWDA is Healthy and Growing

    Membership Committee and Staff efforts have boosted our numbers Our association continues to remain healthy and is growing. In 2015, we closed the year at 548 members. This is an eight percent increase in our total membership numbers over the past year. For several years our total membership numbers have stayed right around 500. [...]

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  • At the Halfway Mark, Lots Done, Lots Still to Do!

    It is hard to believe that it has been six months since we met at the Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Over these months, the Board, Committees and GAWDA staff have been hard at work putting together and implementing Objectives, Goals and Meetings for 2016. In December, the Executive Committee met at Association Headquarters to [...]

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  • GAWDA Sponsored Group Health Program

    On July 1, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association began offering a national association-sponsored group health purchasing program offered through United Healthcare and sponsored through The Horton Group, an association insurance program sponsor based in Chicago. This program is open to any current GAWDA member firm, and can be joined on the first of any [...]

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