Membership Dues Can Now Be Paid Online

In an effort to save on mailing costs, dues reminders will now be going out via email. The hope is that we can automate these notices to go out ahead of the due date, so that we can all stay in good standing. The first set of dues notices should be going out this week. From this point forward, dues can be paid by mail with the included form, or online through PayPal.  To pay online, please visit Your transaction will be processed through PayPal’s secure servers.

As a reminder, the dues prices are:
Regular Membership: $88.00
Individual Technician Memberships: $48.00

The MWSC 2013 Site is Now Live!

The MWSC 2013 website has launched!  For the must up-to-date information on the 2013 Midwest Regional Service Conference, please visit  New stuff is being added all the time, so check back often for more updates.

Changes from Last Year

Site Design

The MWSC 2013 site has been completely redesigned with an eye at improving usability and making it mobile-friendly.  Users on smartphones and tablets should notice a greatly improved experience.  For any problems or questions about the website, please email

New Event Registration Service

For the 2013 MWSC, we have switched to a new online event registration service,  Brown Paper Tickets has a more robust set of options, and will now allow conference attendees to register online, by phone, or in person at one of their walk-up locations.  Attendees can click the link below to register.



Orville J. Coombes, Jr.

Orville J. Coombes, Jr.

Orville J. Coombes, Jr.

We are very  sad to report the passing of long time ESDA member and  ESDA vice president Jay Coombes.  Jay’s  dedication to the service industry and gentle good humor will be missed. On behalf of the ESDA familty, we would like to extend our condolences to his family and many friends.

Dave Kliss
ESDA Executive Director

Details of funeral arrangements are listed below and can also be found at:

Orville Joy Coombes Jr. age 73 of Bolingbrook passed away December 5, 2012.  Beloved husband of Joann (nee Matula).  Loving Father of Jill (Robert) Duff, Julie (Brian) Riedy and Joy (Thomas) Coombes Okon.  Dear grandfather of Kristin, Crystal, Scott, Madison, Harrison and Sophie.  The funeral will be Saturday, December 8, 2012, with chapel prayers beginning at 9:30AM at the chapel.  The Funeral Mass will follow 10:00AM at St. Dominic Church.  Interment will be at the St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles, IL. Donations to the Humane Haven Animal Shelter would be appreciated, and can be made at:  There will be a visitation Friday from 3:00PM to 8:00PM.