Chapter News

President’s Message

There is no doubt that the global Covid pandemic threw us all off our game. ASSP chapters across the nation suffered as in-person activities came to an abrupt halt. Many chapters continue to struggle, but I am thrilled to report that Long Beach is not one of them.

The 23-24 term has really started strong, and we now find ourselves, incredibly, at the half-way point of the term. Looking back at the first half, I am amazed at what all of you accomplished!

The monthly Education & Networking sessions, held at Cal State University Dominguez Hills on the third Thursday of each month, have been an unqualified success. The sessions, which are offered both in-person and virtually, feature engaging and experienced speakers. Lunch is provided to everyone attending in person, and CEUs are awarded for every session.

Registrations for the monthly sessions increased by an amazing 2,000% in the first half—that’s not a typo! Nearly half of chapter members registered for the monthly events July-December 2023—GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Holiday gathering at La Traviata on Friday, December 15, was a HUGE success! 40 or so members and their “plus ones” enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner, lots of appetizers and assorted desserts. The mood was very festive, and everyone had a wonderful time! Six lucky elves won door prizes! Long Beach Chapter members also really came through for the kids as dozens of gifts and more than $400 were donated to the Long Beach Fire Department’s annual toy drive! Way to go ASSP Long Beach!

Now, with only a week to go until Christmas Day, we wish you all the peace and joy of the season. We pray for the ever-present hope of Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men!

Big News from the ASSP Region I ROC in San Francisco

The ASSP Region I (Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and California) Region Operating Committee (ROC) met in San Francisco 26-27 October 2023 for its annual Fall session. The meeting was well-attended and provided updates to the twenty ASSP chapters located in Region I on a wide array of issues. Regional Vice President (RVP) Justin Molocznik chaired the two-day meeting through an agenda focused on ensuring that chapters have the tools they need to ensure the success of their members.

Three bay-areas chapters, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento worked together to put all the logistics together for a meeting of this size. The three chapters did an amazing job, and the event was a huge success for all attending.

The Long Beach Chapter figured prominently into the event with some big news coming out of San Francisco. First, the WISE Chair for Long Beach, our very own Rosa Carrillo, was a guest speaker at the event! Rosa spoke about leadership with the OSH profession, and ASSP Region I provided everyone with a copy of Rosa’s latest book, Health and Safety Leadership Strategy. Thank you to Rosa for her insights and for once again highlighting the amazing talent that resides right here in the Long Beach Chapter!

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Cal OSHA (retired) Officer Presents on Latest Developments

At its October Education and Networking Session, the Long Beach Chapter of the ASSP presented speaker Dick Monod de Froideville, MPA. Dick Monod is a retired Cal/OSHA Compliance Health and Safety Officer and Industrial Hygienist/Safety Engineer with over 30 years experience. Dick is an OSHA Training Insitute Instructor at the California State University of Dominguez Hill (CSUDH) & Chabot Las Positas. Dick has a Masters in Adult Learning. Dick presented a wealth if information about current developments at Cal/OSHA, including new information about the revised appeals process.

A link to the presentation is also available here. The passcode is 6Q%5Wff^.

ASSP Long Beach Chapter

In 2021, at the height of the Covid pandemic, then Chapter President Jed Douglas contacted me to see if I’d be interested in serving on the EC. “You’ve been nominated…,” he stated. Honored, I accepted a role on the Long Beach Chapter EC. It turns out that the only person who knew my name was Jed Douglas, but that’s another story!

The truth is, serving this Chapter on the EC, first as Program Chair and Member Chair in 2021, then as Vice-President in 2022, and now as your Chapter President has been an incredibly rewarding experience. In fact, I want to take a page from Jed’s playbook and tell you all what he told me—you’re nominated to serve!

In the coming months, and in accordance with the ASSP and Long Beach ASSP by-laws, we will begin the annual process of electing members to the Executive Committee. Only a few of the positions are elected (Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary), and the remaining positions are appointed. Because the Vice-President automatically becomes the President for the following term, members are electing their future President when they cast their votes for Vice-President.

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