August 11, 2011 Chair Message

Hi Folks, Hope this communication finds everyone well as we enjoy this beautiful summer.  As our summer hiatus comes to an end I wanted to update everyone on what we have planned for the rest of this year. First, as you know we have been having some difficulties with keeping the information on our web site current and of value to our members.  I am happy to announce that Jeff Lerman of Cold Spring Design is redesigning our web site and we should be back up and running with a much improved and useful site soon.  I’ll be sure to let everyone know when we debut the site. Let’s talk about the remaining schedule of meetings for this year.  We have a value packed program to finish out this session. On September 7th, we have scheduled nationally known speaker and security consultant Bill Alford from the International Lighthouse Group.  Bill has long been involved with the security and loss prevention disciplines in the US and recently has been asked to speak and advise in both Mexico and China.  Bill will be speaking to “Managing the Media in a Crisis Situation”.  This presentation will qualify for CE credits for anyone holding certifications. On Wednesday, October 12th, our fellow Western Mass ASIS member Ted Curtain, CPP of Repworks will present on utilizing technology in the security field. On Wednesday November 16th, Jerry Hayes, Vice President of Administration & Finance at Westfield State University and current co-chair of the “Rebuild Springfield “ advisory committee will speak on disaster response and recovery and the challenges faced as a result of the Tornado damages suffered in June. Meeting times and locations will be communicated in a follow up e-mail as we confirm our host and speakers. On Wednesday, December 14th we will hold our annual Holiday Social at which time our new chapter officers will be sworn in.  Position descriptions follow on the next page. Our Chapter Board Member elections will be held at our October 12th meeting.  The ballot thus far is as follows: Elected Officer Positions:

  • Chapter Chair – Maureen Fuller
  • Chapter Vice Chair – Dave Oles
  • Secretary – Joe Cyr
  • Treasurer – John Debarge

Appointed Committee Positions:

  • Golf Tournament Chair – Joe Cyr
  • Scholarship Chair – Kirk McGee
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner Chair – Maureen Fuller
  • Law Enforcement Liaison – Chief Doug Mellis
  • Legislative Chair – John Debarge
  • Membership Chair – Open
  • Program Chair – Open
  • Chapter Newsletter Chair – Open
  • Certification Chair – Open

Anyone interested in serving as any of the elected or appointed positions listed above should e-mail me your interest no later than September 16th in order to be included on the ballot. I look forward to seeing everyone soon and a great finish to our year as well as a exciting future with a new group of volunteer leaders that will bring our chapter to new heights. Mark Gaudette, CPP, LPC Chapter Chair Western Massachusetts ASIS #212