Message from the President March 2022

A Big Hello To All!

    Here we are in March already, busy times for sure. I hope this letter finds everyone both safe and healthy. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly thankful we’re seeing a little reprieve to our COVID related cases here in Alabama and their associated variety of severity. Kudos to our safety, HR, and healthcare related members for their persistence and perseverance throughout this ever-changing pandemic. In fact, kudos to everyone for just hanging in there and weathering this storm.

   Our March meeting is scheduled for the 18th and it’s an in-person meeting at the AGC building off of Grant’s Mill Road. Please try to attend in person if your schedule will permit. I’d like to see us fill the room like we were doing pre-COVID.  Our presenter will be Alex Blevins from Jeff State and he will be demonstrating their CDL training simulator. I am certain this will be both educational and entertaining for everyone.

   Thankfully, we’re beginning to fill our speaker calendar; however, we have a few open months still available, so feel free to continue making those recommendations for speakers and/or topics. We appreciate everyone’s input thus far.

   Just as an update, we met, discussed, and enabled a survey to share our opinions surrounding the recommended changes to the ASSP as sent to us through the national office. As a body (Alabama Chapter) we elected to support the changes and believe that they will better our Association’s ability to operate. Some skepticism may still exist, but nothing out of the ordinary. Remember, change equals opportunity. We need to remain diligent in reading and following along with our national association’s ongoings, so that we can be a conduit of feedback whenever/wherever necessary. Thanks to everyone for their participation and opinions throughout the consideration process.

   As for my challenge this month, it’s March already and at month’s end we will have concluded the first quarter of our new year.  OH MY!! Are we mentoring one or some of the people in our employ? Are we sharing the who, what, where, when, how, and why? As we go about our personal routines, let’s not forget to check on our fellows. Let’s be each other’s keepers – that means we’ll ask questions AND we’ll listen to the responses.

   Remember, knowledge without action is useless. Let’s let our actions pave the way toward World Class Safety in our jobs, families, and communities. Have a great month!

   I’ll look forward to seeing all of you on the 18th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter