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*** ASSE Proposes
Governance Restructure ***
ASSE’s Board of Directors
recently approved in principle a proposed model for
restructuring ASSE’s governance structure for the first time in
nearly 20 years. The proposal is scheduled to be discussed
by the society's House of Delegates at their June meeting.
Learn more about the proposal here:
Southwest Chapter members are represented by three Delegates;
they are each listed on our
Officers page along
with their contact information. Each member should review
the proposed changes that are described on society's website
express your desires to a Delegate(s).
Society will host a live webcast covering the
proposal on June 6th at 12:00 pm Central. Follow the
instructions below to log-in:
1) At the scheduled start time, click on the link below:
2) When asked for a Display Name, enter your first and last name and
then click on “Enter Meeting”.
3) Once the webcast begins, sound from our presenters will come
through your computer speakers.
4) To ask a question during the presentation, you will need to enter
the question into the chat box. The chat box can be found on the
left-hand side of your screen. To ask a question, simply type your
question into the chat window and click on the “Send” button.
5) If you are unable to receive sound through your speakers, you may
ask for an optional dial-in number by typing a message into the chat
Next Chapter Meeting: June 10 11:30 am
Installation of Officers
Location: National Office,
Boy Scouts of America
1325 West Walnut
Hill Ln., Irving
(Park in rear of building in employee lot)
Lunch - $12.00
RSVP deadline is noon Wednesday
Celebrating 75 Years as a
of the American Society of Safety Engineers
Secretary Elected for 2013-2014
Rebecca Franklin, CSP, was
elected at the May meeting to serve as Secretary of the
Southwest Chapter for the 2013-2014 chapter year that begins
July 1. She will be installed with all the current
elective officers at the June
meeting. Current President Jim Johnstone will move to
Immediate Past President, other officers will progress one
chair, and Delegates will remain the same.
Becky has a B.S. in
Occupational Safety & Health from Northeastern State University
in Oklahoma. She has over 15 years’ experience in safety and
risk management, having worked in the printing industry, private
consulting, temporary staffing and insurance. A majority of her
career has been in loss control with three major
property/casualty insurance companies and she is currently
employed as a Senior Loss Control Consultant with The Hartford
Insurance. Becky is an approved OSHA 10-hour instructor. Through
The Hartford's internal professional development programs, She
has earned specialty designations in risk management for
Healthcare and Business Continuity and is currently working on
achieving further specialty designations for property loss
control. Becky is also part of a special consulting committee
with The Hartford for the development of their Behavioral Based
Safety Program. Becky lives and works in Frisco and has been
married to her husband, Dean, for 23 years.
Last month this website misidentified the recipient
of Southwest Chapter's Roy Kinslow Scholarship by
posting the photo and information of the winner of the
Permian Basin ASSE Chapter's award.
Kinslow Scholarship Awarded
Michelle Lawrence is the 2013 recipient of the Southwest
Chapter's Roy Kinslow Scholarship award of $1,000. She is
enrolled in Southeastern Oklahoma University's Department of
Occupational Safety & Health.
Michelle is the mother of four children, ages 21, 18, 12 and 8
years old. She is employed at Delaware North Companies, where
she is a food & beverage supervisor. In spite of her busy
schedule, she managed to earn two A's and two B's in her recent
semester's coursework. In 2008, she volunteered in a
construction program in Biloxi, MS, which introduced her to the
field of occupational safety and health, and generated her
desire to pursue a degree program. Michelle plans to join
the construction or oil and gas industry upon graduation in
The chapter's scholarship award is administered by the ASSE
Foundation, which distributes 102 other scholarships and grants
annually. Five other students at Southeastern Oklahoma
also received stipends awarded by other organizations.
Members: Check Your
Email & Take the Survey!
The Chapter's Communication Vice President, Rebecca
Pederson, sent an email to all members on April 29 with a request
for input regarding the chapter's educational and professional
development activities and events. Please check your email
inbox for Rebecca's email titled 2013 SW-ASSE Survey and take
a few moments to complete the short survey at the web link provided
in the email. Your feedback will help improve our training,
networking and professional development offerings.
Webinars similar to the one described to the right are the type of activities the chapter can sponsor
based on members' input.
25 Members Attend Free Webinar
Twenty-five members took advantage of the
chapter's first offering of one of society's webinars on April
24. Based on feedback from the attendees, the chapter will
likely pick up the tab for future group webinars produced by
Scottish Rite Hospital Receives $1,500
Mandi Valdez of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for
Children accepts a $1,500 check from Southwest Chapter Treasurer
Mark Cline. The donation came from proceeds of the chapter's
Professional Development Conference held at the hospital's
conference center this past February.
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 PDC next
February! Members interested in helping produce the annual
event can contact V.P. of Professional Development
Mike Sanders who is already lining up volunteers for his team.
New Officers for Student Section
Officers for Southeastern Oklahoma University's
ASSE Student Section were recently elected. They are (L -
R) President Tyler Self, Vice-President Kyle Wisener, Secretary
Cristen Vandenburg, Treasurer Marie Wiest. They will serve
for the 2014-2014 year.
Click on the logo below to visit the home page
for Southeastern's Department of Occupational Safety and
you a candidate for ASP, CSP or OHST certification?
Check out workshops in Lafayette LA
on the Calendar page.
Speakers from the Feb 4th PDC have made
their presentations available for download
The Chapter's LinkedIn
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emails to membership, but is intended to serve as a forum
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