Greetings Piedmont Chapter ASSE members! A new year is here and there has been much change within the Board over the last couple of years. Most recently with that of the departure of our elected 2017-18 Board President, Mary Jo Press, due to relocation in a new professional position. As president-elect, I will be assuming the role of Chapter president for the remainder of the year. I am a bit overwhelmed but promise to try my best in the new role. Also, I want to let you know that I am excited about the opportunity and hope to continue positively growing the Chapter and the field that other Board members have laid the foundation of for us in the region.
This Chapter has a very unique geographic footprint including both Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. This can make for a challenge with attendance so we are assessing options to maximize networking opportunities. I know we can all learn from one another. I want to do what I can to continue to grow the Chapter locally, regionally, and nationally. Please know that your Board has already been hard a work preparing for the upcoming fiscal year to help us grow and learn. We have been diligently planning new and exciting topics for technical meetings and for the annual spring PDC. My sincere thanks to everyone on the Board for their outstanding efforts to get a great year developed.
Like the unique geography, there is a unique collection of educations, backgrounds, and life experiences that we bring to the field of occupational safety. It is my hope to foster new and existing relationships with seasoned veterans, those gaining new experience in the field, and students alike. Our students are the future leaders in this field and we need to be sure to augment efforts to develop rising safety talent.
With the departure of several key Board members, we could certainly benefit from new membership that could bring a new perspective and energy. Unfortunately, this downward trend of safety professionals not being replaced with new ones seems to be consistent in the field both locally and nationally. With over 130 members, I challenge you to do your part to recruit new members this year to Chapter meetings.
Thanks in advance for your current and ongoing involvement and contributions. The volunteer work that you provide to the Chapter is critical to continuing our growth as safety professionals. I look forward to getting to know all of you further and continuing to foster networking opportunities throughout the year.
Jonathan Borntrager, MS, CSP