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ASSE’s Snake River Chapter Receives Prestigious Chapter of the Year Award

Posted in on Tue, Mar 23, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (March 23, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce that the Snake River Chapter of Boise, ID, has been awarded the Small Chapter of the Year award. The chapter will be honored with the award at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Baltimore, MD, June 13 – June 16, 2010.

The Chapter began in November of 1976, when a group of ten safety professionals from the Boise area started holding monthly meetings. By July 29, 1977, section membership had grown to 64 members. The Snake River Chapter was granted a charter on February 2, 1978, and has a current membership of approximately 100 occupational safety and health professionals.

In its 32-year history as a chapter, Snake River has produced a Society President, two ASSE Society Fellows, a Region II Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) and serving regional officers. Members have served on society boards and committees, National Standards-setting committees such as ANSI/ASSE and have been part of the Society Foundation leadership. Professional members have lectured at national safety conferences and also at universities.

Members of the Snake River Chapter work for both large Fortune 500 companies and small corporations, insurance companies, hospitals, local, state and federal governments, universities, and as private consultants. Membership is open to individuals who live within the chapter’s geographical area and who meet ASSE’s membership standards, as specified in the Society By-Laws .

The Snake River Chapter earned this national honor by consistently providing superior technical education sessions for its members, while reaching out to environmental, health and safety partners including city, state and federal officials, OSHA, EPA and fire and rescue professionals. In partnership with Boise State University, the chapter has created a number of advanced and professional continuing education workshops. The chapter has also annually co-sponsored a local, week-long, free safety training event, Safety Fest of the Great Northwest, which is attended by hundreds of professionals. The Snake River Chapter publishes a monthly local newsletter in addition to the very successful quarterly, eight-state regional newsletter and maintains a chapter website to provide information and resources for its members.

Snake River Chapter officers for the award year of 2008-2009 were president Michelle McMullen, president-elect Wendy Campbell, secretary Brent Smith, treasurer Cynthia Freeman, past president Ernie Harper and delegate Michelle Steeler.

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 please go to For more information about the Snake River Chapter, please visit

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