Chapter News

Rainwater Appointed to ASSP Editorial Review Board

Past-President and current Region 1 DRVP Chris Rainwater has accepted an appointment to the ASSP’s prestigious Editorial Review Board (ERB). His appointment begins 19 July 2024 and runs for three years.

As a member of the ERB, Mr. Rainwater will play a crucial role in maintaining the high standards of the society’s publications. His responsibilities include rigorously reviewing submitted manuscripts for relevance, originality, and technical accuracy. He will help ensure that the content aligns with ASSP’s objectives of advancing the safety profession and promoting the dissemination of critical knowledge. ERB members provide constructive feedback to authors, suggesting improvements to enhance clarity, depth, and applicability of the research or insights presented. Additionally, they uphold ethical standards in publishing, safeguarding against plagiarism and conflicts of interest. Their expertise and dedication help sustain the credibility and impact of ASSP’s professional resources, such as the “Professional Safety” journal, ensuring it remains a valuable asset to safety professionals worldwide.

23-24 Chapter Awards

The Long Beach Chapter of the ASSP recently held its annual Awards Gala at La Traviata Italian Restaurant. More than 40 members and guests attended the wonderful event to honor this year’s award winners. Chapter President Dr. Chris Rainwater presided over the evening’s events as guests enjoyed a five-course meal and drinks.

This year’s award winners were:

  • The Safety Professional of the Year – Dr. Chris Rainwater
  • The Founders’ Award – Marianne Thomas
  • The Tom Butler Award for Excellence in Safety – Rosa Carrillo
  • ASSP Achievement Award – Mayra Ramirez
  • ASSP Achievement Award – Luis Ortiz
  • ASSP Achievement Award – Cecy Ordonez

A special “Lifetime Achievement Award” was also presented to Tom Butler.

Election Results Announced!

Thank you to all of you who took time to cast your vote for the elected officers of the Long Beach Chapter of the ASSP for the 24-25 Term! Thanks also to those who placed their names on the ballot to volunteer in these positions. Your elected officers for the 24-25 Term are:

Luis Ortiz
Allyson Clark
Calvin Pierre
W. Victor Garvey

We also have members volunteering for the non-elected positions on the Executive Committee, and we are sincerely appreciative of their willingness to serve. If you’d like to volunteer for any of the following positions, please email Luis Ortiz directly. All non-elected (appointed) positions are made by the President for his/her term.

Positions (some may already be filled):

  • WISE Chair
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Awards and Honors Chair
  • Social Media Chair
  • Government Affairs Chair (volunteer recently identified)
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Grants and Scholarships Chair

For more information about these roles, visit Files – ASSP Long Beach Chapter

Congratulations again to our 24-25 Term officers! 

Region 1 ROC Kicks Off in Long Beach

The Spring meeting of the Region 1 Operating Committee (ROC) kicked off in style on Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. Approximately 35 ASSP leaders from the twenty chapters in Region 1 came together for a reception in the beautiful Seaview Rotunda. Long Beach Chapter President and Region 1 Deputy Regional Vice President, Chris Rainwater, greeted delegates to the meeting and provided each with a welcome “swag bag” of goodies. ASSP President and CEO Jennifer M. McNelly joined the ROC in Long Beach.

March Education & Networking Event

At its monthly Education and Networking Session on March 21st, the Long Beach Chapter presented checks to the winning grants and scholarships applicants for the 23-24 term. Chapter President Chris Rainwater presented checks to:

  • Allyson Clark – $1,000 – ASSP National Event Grant
  • Calvin Pierre – $1,000 – Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Anthony Campos – $750 – CSUDH Continuing Education

A fourth winner, Veronica Kimble, was unable to join the check presentation ceremony; however, she has been awarded a $750 grant for continuing safety education.

Congratulations to all the winners! 

Missed your opportunity to apply this year? No worries! The Chapter’s Grants and Scholarships program will continue strong in the 24-25 term.