Chapter of the Year Awards

The Bakersfield Chapter was recognized for its innovative programming of meetings and educational sessions, for exceeding its goals of membership growth, and for effectively communicating with its local members. The chapter has the highest meeting participation rate in the country, averaging about 75 percent of chapter members attending the monthly meetings. Guy Waski of Fellows, CA, served as the chapter president during the award-winning 2003-04 chapter year.

The Orange County Chapter has a variety of programming and strong attendance for monthly meetings, in addition to establishing a continuing education award to help members cover costs for attending the chapter's annual Professional Development Conference. Christopher Gaylord of Sierra Madre, CA, served as the 2003-04 chapter president.

The Arizona Chapter was recognized for its continued efforts, which include establishing an alliance with Arizona OSHA officials, offering an extensive selection of OSHA training courses and helping members establish a construction best practices section. The chapter also partnered with Phoenix educators for a “Reach Out and Return” program, working with building trade instructors at Phoenix Metro Tech High School and providing guest instructors to discuss bloodborne pathogens, fire protection, electrical safety to teens at the Peopria School District. James G. Gallup of Prescott Valley, AZ, served as the 2003-04 chapter president.

Chapters are categorized by the number of members in each chapter or section; large have more than 350 members, medium have 201 to 349 members, and small have fewer than 200 members. Winning chapters receive a $1,000 chapter contribution, a $500 travel stipend and a commemorative plaque.