President’s Message

Message From the President January ’23

Happy New Year Everyone!  

    Hopefully everyone had a safe and successful conclusion to 2022 and are already plugged-in with resolutions for an even better 2023. We’ll have great times ahead and I’m looking forward to getting together on the 20th (more on that later). Please try to make plans to join us if your schedules allow. The challenge/opportunity for each of us this year is to get more involved in everything we do. Our “in-person” numbers have declined a bit; however, we all believe the new year will bring new life to the Chapter and we need everyone to make this belief a reality. By the way, thanks for everyone’s involvement last year with the ASSP. We rebounded post-covid nicely and have even enjoyed watching our Auburn Section and the WISE ladies really come to life over there to our West. Special thanks to both Tina and Allison for all you continue to do. Kudos to Tom and team down in Tuscaloosa at the Tuscaloosa/West Alabama Section as well, that section continues to be a strong hold for the Chapter, and we appreciate everyone’s associated efforts. Just to sum up this first paragraph, I’d like to leave us with one word – GRATITUDE. Rest assured, I’m thankful for each of you.

   We’ve had some great times in the past couple months with after hours events, training meetings, mini-expos, and more. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, you’ll have more opportunities approaching in the not-so-distant future. In fact, we’ll have our first chance on the 20th for a lunch meeting at the AGC building in Birmingham at 11:30.  Again, please try to attend in person if your schedule allows it.

   We are also finalizing the details of the upcoming Regional PDC to be held in Tuscaloosa this year at the Bryant Conference Center. We’ll be discussing and posting links in the very near future for signing up. You actually may have seen something already. This will be a great opportunity to network on a more regional front.

   As always, let’s all remember to make an effort to improve ourselves as well as in assisting others to grow.     Thanks again for everything you do in relation to safety.

See you soon…

Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170

Message From the President November ’22

Hi everybody,

Paul sends his appolgies. Not able to get a letter out to you right now but wants us to be informed of upcoming events. You may hear from him later as we close out the year.

There will be no Chapter Meeting this month. There are still many opportunities to network and support the Sections and the WISE Chapter activities. If this is the first you are hearing about them, you may want to ask to be placed on their mailing lists using their contact information.

We’ve got lots in this newsletter. There is a link to a recording of our latest meeting. Let me know if you have anything that we should include in upcoming newsletters.

Your Secretary,

Vincent

Message From the President October ’22

Happy October!  

    This Thursday Evening is the event for good food, networking, and an opportunity to introduce our significant others if their schedules permit. I know I’ll be bringing my wife Heather along and look forward to seeing everyone there.

   We all work hard and it will be nice to come together for a few hours to relax and just get to know everyone outside of the business relationships we’ve already developed. Please plan to attend if you’re able.

   In the meantime, remember to begin winterizing our work locations as well as our homes. It’s getting cold out there and quick.

   I’ll send a little more thorough letter in two weeks to highlight our upcoming year-end meetings and event. Until then, remain diligent in making a difference in the lives of others. After all, that’s what we’ve all been called to do.

   I hope to see you Thursday night.

Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170

Message From the President September ’22

Colleagues & Friends,

    I’m updating this letter today due to just having found out that I will not be in attendance on Friday. I am working in Minneapolis this week and unfortunately have a carry over into Friday that will prevent my return on Thursday evening as previously planned. Please accept my humble regrets and have a great meeting in my absence. We are blessed to have Vincent as our “go to guy” for all things ASSP and he’ll be there to lead us in my absence.

   I really enjoyed seeing a lot of you at the Governor’s Conference and will hate to miss any conversations that may take place in my absence concerning the event. We’re in the process of scheduling a planning committee meeting to review the previous conference as well as to begin setting the planning team for next year. If you have an interest in serving on the planning committee please shoot me an email, call, or text to briefly discuss.

     This is our September meeting this week. We will be hearing from our good friend and fellow member Frank Wampol of BL Harbert International. He will be introducing us to a new and recently proven program called P.A.U.S.E. If you attended the Alabama Governor’s Conference, you’ll remember Frank was the rockstar that closed us out on Wednesday morning.

   I know it’s easier and somewhat more convenient to dial in, but the ASSP is about networking in addition to education. Please RSVP if you haven’t already. I’ll make every effort to dial in on Friday if my schedule allows.

         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
paul@everguard.ai
334-247-5170

Message From the President August ’22

Greetings from Washington DC.

I just never know where this journey called “LIFE” is taking me these days. This week I find myself working in our Nation’s Capital City and next week I’ll be in Canada – who knows where is next. Exciting times for sure.

Before I forget, I hope to see everyone at the upcoming Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Orange Beach. Reach out to me to let me know if you’re attending, I’d love to grab a beverage and/or a bite together. It’s not too late to sign up if you’re interested.

Also in August (next week) is OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week and we’ve all received an invite from our friends at UA SafeState to participate in two free webinars. Details and registration links are below.

   First Webinar: How Soon We Forget

   Date: August 17, 2022 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST

   Description: How many important things have you forgotten? That’s a great set-up to the punch-line, “I don’t know – I forgot!” But what if it’s a critical new skill set that mitigates specific risks like those experienced during a pandemic? How do we avoid Complacency Drift’s trap and develop skills which become habitual?

   Presenter: Danny Smith, SMS, CIT

   Second Webinar: Safe and Sound Week: Work Zone Management

   Date: August 19, 2022 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CST

   Description: Join Melissa Bonds-Wilkins and Katie Aune as they discuss the management of work zones and the current trends in reflective materials.

   Presenters: Melissa Bonds-Wilkins and Katie Aune

Our August meeting is next week and it’s the same speaker and topic that was held in our Auburn Section last month. It’s focused on Medical Marijuana and the whole employment issues it has brought and will continue to bring in the coming months/years. We will be meeting on Friday the 19th at our normal time and location. (AGC Building at 5000 Grantswood Road, Irondale) Our speaker will be Melisa Zwilling with Carr, Allison. This session is a must for all Safety, HR, and Operations leadership personnel.

Let’s come together if our schedules permit. I know it’s easier and somewhat more convenient to dial in, but the ASSP is about networking in addition to education. Please RSVP if you haven’t already. I’ll look forward to seeing all of you on Friday the 19th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

– Paul

Paul Thurber