September 2014

As chief elected officer of the Society, ASSE's president promotes the advancement of the Society and the safety profession, and represents ASSE before members, other relevant professional societies and various governmental agencies. Professional Safety shares his latest thoughts on the Society, the profession and its practice.

Read past messages in the President's Message Archive.

President's Message - August 2006

Sharing our pride about belonging to ASSE will help advance our profession and will amplify the fact that safety has a positive impact on lives and business each day.

2006-2007 ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., MBA, PE, CSP

Part of the Group

My involvement with ASSE began with a simple phone call. A member I knew called and said, “How about coming to our chapter meeting next week?” After a brief discussion and a couple of questions, I agreed. At the meeting, the member greeted me warmly, then introduced me to several other members. I immediately felt like I was part of the group. I still feel that way, some 15 years after I joined ASSE.

Like many of you, I was introduced to ASSE by someone who took great pride in participating in the Society. I quickly realized why. No matter how much you put into being a member, you get so much more in return. And, like my colleague all those years ago, each of us can reach out to prospective members, current members and new professionals to welcome them, engage them and make them feel part of the group.

When our colleagues ask about joining ASSE, we can tell them we are proud to be members of an organization whose mission is to promote this profession. We can show them that in the SH&E arena “strength in numbers” means that expert guidance and counsel is always at hand—and readily shared. And we can make sure they recognize the value ASSE delivers across the broad spectrum of its activities— from standards development and technical books, to continuing education, professional development, Professional Safety and the practice specialty newsletters. You probably know a few people who would benefit from being an ASSE member. Invite them to join—and be the member they talk about in 15 years.

As for current members, we can continue to make you feel part of the group by engaging you and providing you with opportunities to participate and contribute. We want you to get involved—take leadership roles, volunteer for committees and task forces, write articles and make presentations. Your fresh ideas, new perspectives and differing opinions will help us make better decisions and build a stronger community.

We can also help those of you new to the profession and to ASSE feel at home by finding ways to share our wisdom, insight and experiences. Mentoring is a great way to strengthen the profession. We can help new members map career paths. We can nurture future leaders. And there is something truly gratifying about helping others recognize—then reach—their potential. We all have stories and tricks of the trade to share. Ask your chapter leaders to identify some of your chapter’s newest members and extend a helping hand. Or reach out to one of ASSE’s student sections and offer your expertise and counsel.

Sharing our pride about belonging to ASSE will help advance our profession and will amplify the fact that safety has a positive impact on lives and business each day. It’s a message that needs to be heard.

Donald S. Jones, Sr., MBA, PE, CSP