Hello and Happy October:

    As always, I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy. We have an awesome month in front of us with our normally scheduled meeting next Friday (10/15/21) and then our first PDC of this administration. For those of you that don’t know, Our PDC is scheduled for October 22nd at the AGC building (just like our meetings). The attendance is limited to 20 attendees so please get signed up at your first convenience. The PDC will be both a certification course as well as a refresher. You won’t need to test and certify unless you choose that course. The link, with all the associated details to this course is here. I hope to see you there.

   We sure hated to lose the Alabama Governor’s Conference this year, but the weather just couldn’t be trusted, and the decision was made for safety’s sake and we certainly can’t argue with that. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m looking forward to next year’s conference already.

   On the 15th, we have Justin Shephard coming to speak to us on the topic of, “Post Offer Physical Abilities Testing: Clearing up the Confusion”.  Justin is the VP of Operations for ErgoScience and is a licensed physical therapist. He was scheduled to present this topic at the Governor’s Conference so it should still be hot off the presses. I’ve asked Justin to leave plenty of time for questions, because I’m sure we’ve all had or heard about that “one person or situation” that he might be able to assist us with. Remember, we’re all looking for those bits of information we can use to make us better professionals.

   As for my two cents this month, you know me… Let’s find someone in need and share ourselves with them. Our knowledge, assistance, patience, or perhaps even time. We’re given so much to share, and it would be nearly criminal to hoard it.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Let’s make safety intentional and help others understand the “WHY”.  Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance.

   Take care and please stay well. Thanks for reading. – Paul Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter