Aaron Cameron, CSP – Region VIII Vice President

Posted: Aug 09, 2016

Hello – my name is Aaron Cameron and I serve Region 8 as your RVP.  I put together some guidance in the attached slide deck that may be helpful to you. region8.assewp.org/…/ASSE-Region-VIII-President-Orientation.pptx It outlines all the resources ASSE Region VIII President Orientation you have available, introduces you to the team and what responsibilities you have (and hopefully understand).

As part of the Regional Operating Committee (ROC), all Chapter Presidents and Area Directors must attend the semi-annual ROC meetings.  These are held in the Fall and Spring and offer us an opportunity to take care of regional, area, chapter and section business, to report out our best practices and up-to-date standings and to network as safety professionals.  We’ll be holding our Fall ROC on September 30, 2016 from 9-11am in webinar format.  All the materials you’ll need to prepare for the meeting will be sent to you to share with your exec board in advance of the meeting so you can review.  We can then discuss your commentary during the actual meeting.  This will not one of those ‘hit-the-mute-button-and-work’ kind of meetings.  That’s why it’ll short, to the point and should be mutual beneficial.  You can sit on the call yourself and have other members of your exec board present (though they will not be voting members).   Our goal is 100% Region 8 participation.

As with myself and my Area Directors, who will all engage in monthly half hour calibration calls, I’d like to propose a quarterly ROC call to take care of any upcoming and ongoing business and just to keep in touch.  These would be 1 hour calls to balance out the chapter year (Summer and Winter), with in-person or telephonic ROC calls in the Fall and Spring.

A few things to think about:

(1) Deputy RVP:  I have a need to fill an open position as Deputy RVP.  If you’re interested, please reach out prior to the ROC to discuss time commitments and roles/responsibilities.  Frankly, there’s not much….it’s basically backing me up if I’m unable to attend.  This term is a 2-year term and is elected at the ROC meeting.  The Deputy RVP must come from the ranks of the ROC (Chapter Presidents).

(2) CoRA Committees:  The larger organization is CoRA (Council on Regional Affairs), which consists of a VP (as Chair) and the 9 RVPs.  CoRA’s responsible for the policies and operating procedures for the Regions, Areas, Chapters and Sections. There are opportunities to be involved on one of their 3 committees:  Education and Training; Chapter Operations; Membership Development.  You can find out more info on the position descriptions and time commitments at www.asse.org/membership/leadership-connection.  Email me with questions.

(3) ARVPs:  Check out the other open positions in the Region 8 Cabinet (Assistant RVPs).  They are appointed positions and dedicated to specific areas of regional affairs.  The other ARVPs would be happy to have some help as a committee member if that’s what you’d like to do.  The open positions include:

  • (A) ARVP – Succession Planning (helps build our bench and tools for position succession; formerly the Nominations and Elections Chair).
  • (B) ARVP – Students and Young Professionals (building mentoring opportunities with our 6 student sections and supports those members with 3-5 years experience in the field that may not see the continued benefit of ASSE membership).

(4) Leadership Conference:  Please do not forget to sign up for this event.  The region reimburses the 1st chapter representative that attends $750 and the 2nd rep $250.  It totals $1000 in reimbursements back to the chapter to attend something you can bring back help it improve chapter operations.  Those who should attend are those who are interested in exec board participation or are already on the exec board but need additional education.  It’s held in Oak Brooks, IL (Chicago area) on October 13-15 and more info can be obtained on the ASSE website.  We also need to decide what we’re going to do as a networking event at the conference, which is traditionally picked up by the region.  We’ve already been given bowling and golfing challenges by other regions.  Our goal is 100% Region 8 participation, meaning a representative from each chapter in attendance.

So, if you do nothing else but serve as your chapter’s President…and believe me, that can be lots of work, you’ll be involved in the following activities this chapter year:

Fall ROC meeting (web-based) – September 30 9-11am (2 hours)

Winter ROC meeting (telephonic/web-based) – Dec 2016 (1 hour)

Spring ROC meeting (in-person) – March/April 2017 (1.5 days) – New England

Summer ROC meeting (telephonic/web-based) – June 2017 (1 hour)

Fall ROC meeting (in-person) – September 2017 (1.5 days) – Pittsburgh

Aaron, Region 8 RVP

Thanks again for your volunteerism and your leadership.  I look forward to working with you.  Reach out if you have questions.