Do Your Part to Help Protect Our Planet

Posted: Dec 15, 2018

200 million   600+   children   30-40 years

Central Florida ASSP/Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) are proud to sponsor our first sneaker drive. In the spirit of environmental and economic sustainability, we have partnered with the sneaker recycling organization GotSneakers, which will donate $1 for every pair of wearable athletic sneakers and $0.10 per pair for all other styles and conditions of footwear we collect.

GotSneakers will process and distribute the sneakers around the world, specifically within impoverished nations. It is estimated that over 200 million pairs of sneakers are discarded  in America’s landfills each year and that over 600 million adults and children worldwide live barefoot. We can touch the lives of thousands by simply cleaning out our closets and collecting our unwanted sneakers. The request is simple: donate all the unwanted pairs of sneakers that you have in your home.

Please bring them to the next Chapter meeting and we will take care of the rest. We aren’t in it for the fundraising, rather for the environmental impact – diverting our share of 200 million pairs of shoes from landfills. Any funds raised will go towards our Chapter grant/scholarship fund. We look forward to seeing how big of an impact we can make!

Central Florida Chapter Members Host Embry Riddle Student Section Members on Walt Disney World Technical Tours

Posted: Dec 12, 2018

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Student Section members recently visited Walt Disney World for an onsite technical tour hosted by Central Florida Chapter Members. Their first stop was Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park for a walk during the annual construction downtime consisting of a meet and greet with Walt Disney World Safety Professionals Krista Scarborough, Tiffany Belasco, and Gabbie Pace (also Central Florida ASSP Emerging Professionals Chair) along with Walt Disney World Waterparks operations leadership. The Safety Team covered occupational and construction safety aspects related to the waterpark operation and the associated downtime.

The students then headed over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Central Florida Chapter Vice President Emily Schoonover and Chapter Awards and Honors Chair Heather Earl presented Student Section President Matthew Lawson with the annual Chapter scholarship.

Heather, Emily and Daymond Hill then took the group to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular where the students were able to walk on the stage while Daymond discussed the in depth hazard analysis required for a stunt show and see mitigations resulting from that analysis. They were then able to view the show from the VIP viewing area, and one of the students was selected to join as an extra in the show!

Daymond, Heather and Emily were also able to spend time with the students providing career advice and interview preparation tips, and they were even able to squeeze in a quick walk through the new Toy Story Land.

The students were thrilled and the Central Florida Chapter looks forward to continued partnership with ERAU.

Marcus Rasberry – 2018/2019 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year

Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Congratulations to Chapter Member Marcus Rasberry (Senior Risk Control Consultant, Amerisure Mutual Insurance) on being nominated as the 2018-2019 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year Award.

Marcus has served as Chapter Public Relations Chair, Membership Chair, Government Affairs Chair, has attended the ASSP Leadership Conference four times and each time brings back invaluable information to help the Chapter continue to grow.  Marcus has served as Membership Chair since 2015 and under his leadership Chapter membership has grown from 275 members to more than 350 members, which is significant for the Chapter, Region and Society.  Marcus has also served as a monthly speaker for Chapter technical meetings, sharing his wealth of experience with Chapter membership.

The award was presented by Chapter President, Susan Tobin, at the Chapter’s annual Holiday Awards Luncheon.

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