Dear Members and Friends of ASSE
A lot has happened since I wrote my July President’s Message from Denver. In the ASSE House of Delegates meeting, debate, discussion, and some dissention occurred over several important measures that will affect the future of our Society and profession for many years to come.
These are the results of each vote:
1) The House of Delegates voted a dues increase for professional, associate and members for the first time in several years. The $30.00 increase will be implemented over three years in $10.00 per year increments, raising these from $150.00 to $180.00.
2) A vote passed to change student members transitioning to regular membership status by easing them into full membership fees over a three year period. As a graduation gift, first year membership is given free. They will be assessed 1/2 dues in year two and full membership dues in year three.
3) On the change in the ASSE logo, the vote was to not change and keep the traditional green cross with gold letters.
4) On the change of name from American Association of Safety Engineers to American Society of Safety Professionals, the House of Delegates voted to recommend the name change and send the measure to the general membership for a vote. By now you should have received an electronic ballot from ASSE regarding the name change. It was sent out on June 28. I personally did not receive one in my regular e-mail, so I am checking to see what happened. Remember to vote on this. YOU HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 14 TO VOTE. The vote for the name change or to keep the historic name is now up to each of you individually.
Congratulations to our Chapter Vice-president Danny Callies, who was recognized as our ASSE Region 4 Safety Professional of the Year in Denver. Way to go Danny! I am proud to call you my colleague and friend.
At the Chapter recognition luncheon, the Alabama Chapter was awarded Platinum Status for 2016. Thanks to the chapter leadership and membership for your contribution to this effort. The bar has been set high by our former Executive Committee. Our legacy leadership, going back 8-10 years laid the groundwork for the tremendous growth and accomplishments of the past few years. We have momentum in our favor, so we cannot rest on these accomplishments. We need to continue to move forward in membership, training, service and all other professional safety activity that arises.
Remember to attend and support Chapter and Section meetings and activities. Register and support our upcoming Chapter PDC in October and the Region 4 PDC in Tuscaloosa in the spring of 2018. These are historic and exciting times to be in the safety profession. I hope you are as enthusiastic about our opportunities as I. Find your niche to contribute to our continued growth.
Yours in Safety,
Wayne P. Jackson, MSW, CEA, CSP
Alabama Chapter ASSE