GREETING ASIS PHOENIX CHAPTER MEMBERS!

As our chapter enters the year 2020, I would first like to thank the many committee chairs, volunteers, participants and sponsors that made 2019 such a success. Moving into 2020 we look forward to providing a line-up of great speakers at our bi-monthly meetings, with the first taking place on February, 20, 2020. We will continue to meet in The Gladly’s elegant Whiskey Room for a happy setting and enjoy their signature appetizers and hear from some very compelling security practitioners and researchers. We also look forward to working with our resurging Eagle Chapter at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Twenty of their students attended the 2019 Southwest Security Conference helping to make the event as much multigenerational as it was multidisciplinary.

Our committee chairs are busily coordinating this year’s events, outings and community service projects and the website will be updated with hold the dates and additional details as they become available. Speaking of the website, you can expect to see a new look launched in the coming months. Our platform software providers offered some new layout designs that we had hoped to have up and running by now, but due to high demand, support for the transition is backlogged. Our new webmaster, Max Laios, is working diligently on the transition as well as some of the great graphic art you may have noticed on our announcements and invitations. Additionally, you will see that our payment portal has switched from PayPal and now routes directly to our financial institution.

I would also like to welcome aboard our newest board member, Dan Hermann, who was elected to the position of Chapter Secretary. We have also had a change at the regional level. Our long-time ASIS International Regional Vice-President, Dave Toon, has decided to take a well-deserved breather and pass those duties on to Jordan Cote. Many of you know Jordan as the immediate past Chapter Chair and a vigorous advocate of all things ASIS. We thank Dave for the work he has done with the Chapter, the Region and the prestige he has earned with ASIS International that reflects so positively upon us all.

Thank you again for your support in 2019. We invite you to  join us this year to take advantage of the many social activities, professional development opportunities and community service events we have lined up for 2020.

RICH WILSON, CPP

Chapter Chair

ASIS Phoenix Chapter

VOLUNTEER DAY

On January 25, 2020 the Community Outreach Committee of the ASIS Phoenix Chapter held a volunteer day at the Sojourner Center. The Sojourner Center 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 ASIS Phoenix Chapter and Sojourner have been long time partners with the chapter holding multiple charitable events over the last two decades.

On this day volunteers worked under the direction of Cheryl Hurd who is the Volunteer Program Manager at Sojourner. Volunteers included ASIS Phoenix Chapter Members, family, friends and co-workers. This day the volunteer crew was divided into three teams working in the donations center.

One team was tasked with assembly IKEA dressers which will be used by the residents in the transitional housing program. Members were able to assemble several dressers during the event. A second team was task with organizing the household product section of the donation center. In this area household items are stored and available for residents to furnish their transitional apartments with. This includes dishes, cookware, utensils, etc. Sets of these items were organized so they could easily be pulled to furnish apartments. Those items which did not fit these criteria were cleaned and moved to the center’s store.

The third team was tasked with creating welcome bags called “Night Night” bags. These bags are given to children when they arrive at the center. These bags contain essential items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and other toiletries but also includes stuffed animals and toys.

In total 14 volunteers worked throughout the morning contributing over 50 hours of labor to the center. In addition, several of our volunteers worked tirelessly prior to the event to gather donations of clothing, household goods and personal hygiene items. BreAnna Chandler of VetSec Security lead this effort. In total two full carloads and one truck load of items were donated to Sojourner that day.

After working all morning at the center, the group all met at Lil Miss BBQ to enjoy a great meal. Chairman Rich Wilson braved the two hour wait in line to order some of the best BBQ in Phoenix for the crew.

On the following Wednesday, January 29 th Chapter Chairman Rich Wilson and Community Outreach Chairman Steve Norris returned to Sojourner Center and presented them with a donation of $1750. The donation represented proceeds from the annual charity golf outing and funds the Chapter received from ASIS International. The funds from ASIS International were the reward for our Chapter winning the 2019 Community Service Award. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Chapter received this award.

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. The Sojourner Center named the ASIS Phoenix Chapter as their Volunteer Group of the year in 2017. The Chapter has won the Community Service Award from ASIS International for its’ volunteer work with Sojourner in 2016,2017, 2018 and 2019.