July TEHA Meeting in Austin
by Renee Witherspoon, RS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, TEHA Panhandle/West Texas Chapter President (2015-2016) and ASSE South Plains Chapter President (2011-2014)
On July 15, 2016 I will have the opportunity to attend the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA) State Governing Council (GC) meeting in Austin to represent the Panhandle/West Texas Chapter and it’s members.
This has been a very active year so far for TEHA. We’ve had some excellent training programs, nominated members for awards and honors and are in the process of updating TEHA Chapter finances to QuickBooks with the help of our Chapter Treasurer and Immediate Past-President, Stevan Walker, REHS/RS, CPO. Thank you Stevan!
I’ve placed all of my recent Chapter updates in a two-page newsletter called, TEHA Handout 7-15-16 Update I hope you will be able to review it because talks about some of the most amazing people I know – our Chapter members! Kudo’s also too our Chapter Leadership as they have really stepped up this year to make my turn as President very rewarding. And I can say, challenging too.
If you’re involved in any organization like TEHA (or ASSE), you have to be a multi-tasker, being able to balance work and family with volunteer efforts. Talk to anyone in a volunteer leadership position and they will tell you that it can take many hours to complete the requirements of that office, but it’s worth it! It’s worth it because you know that you’re not working for yourself, you’re working to benefit the organization and its members. And when even one person is successful in something, we all benefit, our profession benefits and we contribute to the body of knowledge for future generations to stand on.
One of the requests our TEHA Executive Director, Jodie Halter, MS, RS, has asked the Presidents was to help find members that can write articles for the TEHA publication, The Beacon. When I spoke with TEHA Chapter member Chris Saxton, Sanitary Services Manager with the El Paso Department of Health, he said that he could write an article about the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) conference that was recently held in San Antonio.
He finished his article and it’s excellent. He brought up some excellent points about the importance of networking and building contacts and relationships. In that we can learn how other jurisdictions are tackling problems and then take that information back to use in our situations.
So thank you Chris for sharing your thoughts of the NEHA event, and it has been published to this site. I am looking forward to what you’ll have to say after you return from the next NEHA event in Michigan and am glad that your organization understands the value in sending professionals to conferences so that they can continue to expand their expertise.
Lot of things are happening right now in TEHA and if you’re a member, you might feel tired or discouraged. Think of it as a challenge, a test. You will only lose if you quit – so don’t quit (Phil. 4:13). Might actually learn something about yourself, that you’re tougher and stronger than you think. Persevere and you’ll make it through, and wave at me as you’re going by because I’m right there with you. It will turn out good (Rom. 8:28).
Now, I’m ready for my next adventure to Austin.
Additional handouts for TEHA Chapter Members are below and are also published at myteha.org: