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ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter Receives Prestigious Chapter of the Year Award

Posted in on Mon, Mar 22, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (March 22, 2010) — The 99-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) officials recently announced that the Greater Chicago Chapter has been awarded the ‘Medium Chapter of the Year’ award. The Greater Chicago Chapter will be honored with the award at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) to be held in Baltimore, MD, June 13 – June 16, 2010.

Since its inception in April of 1950, the Greater Chicago Chapter has significantly contributed to the mission of ASSE and has grown considerably over the past 60 years. With over 300 members and a commitment to protecting people, property and the environment, the Greater Chicago Chapter is continuously contributing to the field. The chapter is working locally to develop greening industry safety standards, a “Breakfast with OSHA” series geared toward small businesses in struggling neighborhoods and a graduate student mentoring program with the chapter’s University of Illinois at Chicago student section. The chapter also organizes community events such as food drives and continues to be an active force in the Northern Illinois area.

When asked what the ‘Medium Chapter of the Year’ award meant for Greater Chicago, chapter president Allen Borzych stated, “As a chapter, we did our best to represent what ASSE stands for. Receiving this award reflects a combined effort by everyone involved and we continue to work toward the common goal of protecting people, property and the environment. We share ideas and tasks to achieve our goals and it took some very special people and a lot of hard work to get where we are today.”

In addition, the Greater Chicago Chapter will be celebrating its 60th anniversary on April 13, 2010 at Cucina Biagio in Harwood Heights, IL. The celebration will honor past presidents, including Jim Smirles, who has been an ASSE member for 55 years. The Greater Chicago Chapter is also gearing up for ASSE’s 100th anniversary celebration, to be held in Chicago in June, 2011.

Other Greater Chicago Chapter officers include first vice president Tim Murphy, second vice president Linda Hiser, treasurer Neil Silins, secretary Mary Ciesluk, past presidents Linda Rhodes and Maribeth Anderson, as well as delegates Leslie Batterson and Marion Synowiec.

Each chapter of the year receives a $1,000 award, a $500 stipend to send a chapter representative to the annual ASSE PDC to receive the award and recognition on a plaque at ASSE headquarters.

The chapters are nominated by their ASSE Regional Vice President and are chosen based on their activities, application and information provided to the judging committee.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information about ASSE, please go to For more information about the Greater Chicago Chapter, please visit

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