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Message from the
IEHA President
P.O. Box 7505
Rockford, Illinois 61126
Phone (815) 977-5884
Fax (866) 760-6873
Email: iehaoffice@gmail.com
June 15, 2018
Greetings Members!

News, news and more news…At the end of March, Central Chapter held its conference at UIS. One of the classes dealt with intergenerational management-mentoring millennials. It was so well-received that there is a good chance we will offer it at the AEC in November. North Chapter held their conference in April at Elgin Community College. I don't want to say we are a profession of procrastinators but we had more walk-ins (60) than pre-registered (55). It was great to see familiar faces and reconnect. Thanks to Lenore Killam and Kathi Landow for putting on the shows!

I was awestruck at the generosity of our membership in regards to our 50/50 raffles. One of our members, Carl Caneva, is going through a rough battle with osteosarcoma. IEHA is donating the proceeds of these raffles at the AEC to his family. I have had many members donate without even taking the tickets for the share. All three members that won the raffles donated the money back to the Caneva family. A big thank you goes to Sharron LaFollette, Doug Toole and Christine Czernecki! You can donate online at http://ieha.coffeecup.com/awards.html or at the AEC November 5-6 at Starved Rock Lodge. So far membership has donated over a thousand dollars!

Speaking of the annual education conference…Your opinions from the poll have been heard loud and clear. There will be an onsite mock restaurant inspection based on the FDA Food Code. There will be an onsite mock public pool inspection. There will be a blood drive. There will be a falconry demonstration. There will be a guided hike of the canyons. There will be a s'mores bonfire. There will be a beer/wine tasting offered. And of course there will at least 3 hours of water, 3 hours of sewage and 5 hours of food CEU's provided. Come for the CEU's, stay for the fun!

As of this writing, the LEHP Renewal Act is awaiting the Governor's signature. The third reading of the Senate bill passed the house with 101 yeas and O nay votes. Thanks to all who helped shepherd the Act through to this point.

Lenore Killam and I attended the Environmental Lobby Day on April 26th at the capitol. We were able to meet with several legislators (Crespo, Skillicorn, Reick, etc.) in order to drive home SB2618. I also attended a stakeholders meeting with Senator Althoff, IDFPR and several other professionally licensed associations in regards to changes to CEU requirements and who would be responsible for paying for them.

In totem, things are moving along the way most of us want them to. I will do my best to keep membership informed. I hope that this message finds you and yours in good spirits and as usual…

Thanks!

David Banaszynski
IEHA President