Chairman's Message

I just wanted to take a moment and send out a huge ‘GREAT JOB!’ to everyone for an absolutely awesome Southwest Security Conference and Golf Outing.  Do to the efforts of many, from those on the SWSC  and Golf Committees, to the many others on this Board who support them, to those outside of our Chapter who support us, both events were a great success.  I had many people approach me and tell me that it was one of, if not the best conferences they’d ever been to.  It was very well attended and everything seemed to go off without a hitch.  And the golf outing was, as always, a very fun event.  The weather couldn’t be better, the course was beautiful (and quite challenging), and everyone had a great time golfing and having lunch after.  It was also a pleasure being able to support the Sojourner Center and their efforts (and don’t forget – they still need volunteers this Friday and Saturday – Steve Norris has details).

 And in another way, the events proved themselves even more beneficial.  Peter O’Neil, our ASIS Int’l Chairman and luncheon speaker, was very impressed.  He commented how much he enjoyed himself and how impressed he was with the events and the work we were doing within our Chapter.  I believe that due to your efforts, our relationship and stature with Mr. O’Neil and the ASIS community has been heightened significantly.

 A special thank you goes to Dave Toon, CPP – SWSC Committee Chair, Steve Norris – Golf Outing Chair, and of course Tasha Stelljes (Uhl), who consistently amazes me with her dedication, work ethic, and thoughtfulness.  And many thanks also to Paul Schaaf, Bill Tippett, and Todd Kopcha, their partner organizations, and to all the sponsors and vendors who made the show possible.

 Finally – How can I not thank the friend of ours who brought the ultimate ‘fun’ to the party?  I think I speak for many when I say that watching Stephen Oliva, CPP PSP get ‘tasered’ was one of the greatest times ever.  Thank you Stephen, for not only your painful sacrifice, but for bringing awareness to domestic violence and for bringing the ultimate ‘fun’ to the conference.  We’ll be talking about that for a very long time…

 Great job, and thanks again, everyone!

 

 


 

Community Outreach

On July 29th the Community Outreach Committee organized a volunteer day at the Sojourner Center. Sojourner is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States. They provide secure shelter along with a multitude of services to women, children and their pets who are victims of domestic violence.  The Sojourner Center recently named the ASIS Phoenix Chapter as their Volunteer Group of the year.  This was the fourth volunteer day that the Chapter has organized in 2017 with Sojourner Center.

On this day 16 volunteers worked under the direction of Melissa DiCesare and Carla Landwerth from Sojourner.  Volunteers included ASIS Phoenix Chapter members, family members and friends.  Volunteers spent time cleaning, organizing, restocking shelves, moving stock, etc. in their Donation Center. The Donation Center is where program participants shop for necessities like clothing and toiletries, as well as other items that make them feel at home in their new environment.   Volunteers worked over 3 hours making significant progress in the center’s goal of reorganizing the donation center over the summer.  At the end of the event the chapter bought pizza for all the volunteers and the residents of the shelter.

Chapter members who participated in the event included Stephen Oliva, Nathan Boberg , Rich Wilson, Ken Fauth, Bob Jackson, Neftali Lizarraga, Ken Collins, Amy Naccari, Sam Fullam and Steve Norris.  Ken Collins, who is with Cox Communications, especially deserves applause as he drove up from Tucson to help out.

The Sojourner Center and the ASIS Phoenix Chapter have been long time community partners and the center is one of the beneficiaries of the Chapter’s annual golf outing. This year’s golf outing is September 15th at The Legacy Golf Club.  Those who are interested in playing, sponsorships and raffle prize donations can contact Steve Norris at 602-501-1594 or at wnorris6@cox.net.  More information can be found on the chapter’s website here.