First of all, I wanted to start by expressing my appreciation for our former Chairperson Maureen Fuller and the wonderful job she has done over recent years. Having begun my tenure, I have a better understanding of how much skill she must have had to make running the chapter look as easy as she did.
The board and I have started the process of making some much needed updates to the Western Mass Chapter website. Our initial investment will make the site “mobile-friendly”. In the future, as more funding becomes available, we hope to create a member’s only area with chapter financial information and a link to pay for events via PayPal or credit cards.
As far as the up and coming events, we are finalizing the details of the March meeting. It will be held at Pelican Products in South Deerfield on March 23, 2016 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM. Chad Brower, Pelican’s new Security Manager, will be giving us his take on the challenges he faces in securing the facility as well as taking us for a tour. Also, while we are still ironing out the details it looks like lunch will be catered by The Magic Spoon. I will be sending out invitations with more information next week.
Our April event is planned to occur on or around April 20th. While there are several options either in Springfield or to the North and West, we are working on finding a location on the eastern end of our geographic area. If anyone has any ideas for good locations or contacts that you feel may be interested, please let me know.
The Annual Western Mass ASIS Golf Tournament will be held at Oak Ridge in Feeding Hills. We have a date set for Tuesday, May 17th. We are pleased to announce that we have negotiated a deal with the country club that will allow us to maintain the low costs of admission that we have had in years past while still providing the same level of quality with some new twists.
The last event before our summer hiatus, and certainly one I am not planning on changing, is the June Barbeque Bash. As always, it will be held at Theodore’s Restaurant in Springfield. We have not set a date yet but are looking at the third week in June.
Lastly, I would like to ask that if any of you have any suggestions, questions or comments to please feel free to send them to me. I will do my best to continue the tradition of making this chapter the best investment it can be for all of the members of our chapter.
See you in a few weeks,
John DeBarge Jr.