January 2018 Newsletter

Posted: Sep 08, 2018

President’s Message

Dear Chapter Members, I hope you are having a productive and safety-focused New Year. Despite the extreme temperature drops and rises we are currently experiencing, I am confident you all have adequately prepared your respective organizations for a challenging winter season. Here at the ASSE Chicago Chapter we are preparing to host another evening social to help deal with the Chicago winter blues. Be sure to check out our upcoming events for more on that. Speaking of current events, ASSE members at the Society level recently voted to amend Society bylaws to reflect the new name, American Society of Safety Professionals. As a separately incorporated entity, our chapter is holding a Chapter member vote to change the name in the Chapter bylaws as well. We encourage you all to attend the upcoming February chapter meeting in order to vote on the proposed changes.

To learn more about these proposed changes, click here

Chapter’s bylaws with the proposed amendments, click here

Lastly, it is time to start thinking about succession. If you are interested in running for an executive position in the Chicago Chapter, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks and have a safe day!

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October 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Oct 09, 2017

President’s Message

Greater Chicago Members!  It was great getting to see a few of you at our Joint September meeting with the Risk Management Professionals, RIMS, in which we toured the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and had the opportunity to network afterwards.  For those of you who were unable to attend I hope you all had a good September and that some of you were able to take advantage of the Chicagoland Safety Conference.

Another event that I got to take part in during the month of September was the ASSE Regional Operating Committee, or ROC for short.  For those of you that do not know we hold these ROCs twice a year and it is an opportunity for all the leaders from the Regional Chapters to get together to share best practices and discuss society happenings.  I have had the chance to attend a few of these in the past and every time I do I get excited and come back with great ideas to try and implement in our chapter, and this one was no different.  One of the items that I took away was a better connection with the leadership from the other Chicagoland ASSE Chapters and a plan to better support and promote each chapter’s events.  In addition to this, as we have often done in the past, the three chapters plan to work together in December to do some community service with The Greater Chicago Food Depository, so keep eye out for details on that.

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Summer 2017 Newsletter Greater Chicago

Posted: Jun 27, 2017

President’s Letter

Hello everyone,

Isn’t it nice to be in the midst of Summer getting projects done around the home?  It’s up to all of us in the EHS profession to set the example for our families and co-workers.  Remember your safety glasses and ear plugs when cutting the grass or sawing lumber and don’t forget to have someone help hold the extension ladder for you when climbing.  I’m sure you can think of other home activities where we need to watch out for safety, but you get the point.

This is my last letter as your Chapter President and I have enjoyed my time in this position.  I’ve been active with the Chapter Executive Board for several years now and will continue to do so in a different role.  Over the last couple of years, I have written several times about volunteering, because without a team stepping forward to help plan meetings, work on the website, welcome new Members and other activities, it would be difficult for the Chapter to survive.  I would like to thank everyone that has gotten more active and hope that others will continue to step forward.  At our 2017-18 Chapter Officer election held in May, the following slate of candidates was approved:

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