This will be my final message to the Alabama Chapter. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as chapter president for the past two years. I want to thank the entire membership for their support and encouragement during this time. I want to thank my employer, UA Safe State, for its support and especially the support of Matt Hollub during this time. I could not have performed this task without this commitment. The Executive committee has been exceptional and I cannot say enough great things about their efforts, commitment, devotion, service and love for this chapter. John Placey has retired after decades as an elected officer and Troy Ogden is moving into a greater commitment with his company. These two gentlemen have been key leaders crucial to our success. I thank each and every one of you for your hard work and devotion to the profession and to this VOLUNTEER organization.
We have great days ahead of us with President Wayne Jackson CSP, Vice President Danny Callies, Secretary Jamie Stewart, Treasurer Allyn Holladay, Delegate Frank Lakotich CSP and Delegate Greg Blake CSP. There are many ways that any of you can become involved. Trust me, we will find a place for anyone who wants to be a part of the leadership team. Contact any officer and they will be glad to have you involved. Please become involved and contribute your ideas and energy to make the chapter stronger.
The chapter is at work. Plans are being made for our Fall Chapter PDC and we are starting to look at the Region 4 PDC being held on April 11-12, 2018, in Tuscaloosa. I am the Regional PDC Chair, in case you were concerned I would have nothing to do. We will have opportunities to gain education and points in the next year in our area.
I think we have made a good effort. We have started an annual PDC, have CEUs for our meetings sponsored lunch meetings, gained scholarship sponsors, partnered with other organizations, had two Regional SPYs, achieved Platinum Chapter status, among other accomplishments. We have grown to 459 members and I am certain we will cross 500. Tuscaloosa Section just celebrated its second anniversary. We had an initial ASSE meeting in Troy, Alabama with 69 in attendance. We have strong student sections that we are proud to have as part of our chapter. This is due to the efforts of a lot of good people across the entire chapter and it requires the effort of a team to accomplish all of this.
Thank you for all that you do
Randy M. Easterling, MSPH, CSP, CIH