ASSE’s Chapters of the Year

Each year, ASSE identifies chapters for their commitment to providing an outstanding experience to their members with the Chapter Star Award. While many chapters achieve Chapter Star status, only three earn the Chapter of the Year awards. The awards are presented in three categories (small, medium and large), and recognize the top performer in each category.

The Chapters of the Year for 2011-12 are:

Audubon Chapter (small): The Audubon Chapter in Evansville, IN, provided its members with monthly meetings, training sessions, leadership building and networking opportunities. In addition to providing members with an opportunity to discuss important topics relating to the SH&E field, the chapter holds an annual golf scramble to network, raise money for student scholarships and to cover operating costs to further enhance membership benefits.

Alaska Chapter (medium): Starting this year, the Alaska Chapter began recording luncheons to allow remote access to sessions through the chapter website, and even hosted a free seminar for all Alaska ASSE members. In addition, the chapter partnered with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals for its national conference in Anchorage, allowing members to attend the conference at a discounted rate, and this year’s Crane Symposium—which had nearly 200 attendees— gained the support of AGC, which now continues to support safety efforts throughout Alaska.

Orange County Chapter (large): One of the biggest accomplishments this year for the Orange County Chapter was the addition of the OCASSE Student Section, which will continue to enhance professional development, offer networking opportunities and build leadership for student members. The chapter also focused on introducing technical presentations at the monthly meetings and professional certification classes, and rolled out a new format for its annual professional development conference, which drew in more than 60 registrants and 5 exhibitors.