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ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Posted in on Thu, Mar 4, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (March 4, 2010) — WHAT: The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Greater Chicago Chapter will celebrate its 60th anniversary Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The celebration will be one of many for 2010, culminating in the 100th anniversary of ASSE as an organization in 2011. ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter was chartered April 15, 1950, making it the 45th chapter of ASSE. The event will take place at Cucina Biagio in Harwood Heights, Illinois.

WHEN: April 13, 2010, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Cucina Biagio
7313 W. Lawrence Ave.
Harwood Heights, IL.

WHY: Past presidents, including 55-year ASSE member Jim Smirles, will be honored and 60 years of chapter milestones will be celebrated. Smirles served as president of the Greater Chicago Chapter from 1977-1978 and has received the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award, as well as the Culbertson award during his 55 years as an ASSE member. He is both an author and a lecturer and serves ASSE as an active emeritus professional member of the Greater Chicago Chapter and is also a member of ASSE’s Risk Management/Insurance (RM/I) Practice Specialty. He is committed, as an occupational safety and health professional, to protecting people, property and the environment and has worked for years in the area of preventing workplace injuries and illness in the Chicago area.

Since its inception in 1950, the Greater Chicago Chapter has significantly contributed to the mission of ASSE and has grown considerably over the past 60 years. With a history spanning six decades, the chapter has been a part of historical safety milestones such as Eisenhower’s 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1969. The Greater Chicago Chapter’s first president, George W. Greenwood, served from 1950-1951 and was the safety director for Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works from 1944 to 1975. In addition to his many accomplishments in occupational safety and health, Greenwood also served as a safety officer for the historical Mercury Space Program, which successfully completed the U.S.’s’ first manned space flight project.

The Greater Chicago Chapter also recognizes the importance of community. Currently, the chapter is working locally to help develop greening industry safety standards, to develop a safety merit badge and on reaching out to area youth on the topic of on-the-job safety. The Greater Chicago Chapter has also organized community food drives and continues to be an active force in the Northern Illinois area.

The 60th Anniversary celebration will begin with a networking session from 11:30 to 12:00, a Luncheon from 12:00 to 1:00, and end with a 1:00 awards ceremony with guest speakers, including Region V vice president Maribeth Anderson and Greater Chicago Chapter president Al Borzych.

CONTACT: For more information please contact Al Borzych at

The ASSE Greater Chicago Chapter was chartered on April 15, 1950 and currently has 330 members. For information about the chapter, please visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society and 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 please go to

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