Region 3 Update
Dear Region 3 Members:
Wow! I can hardly believe that 2017 and my second term is almost over. Seems the older I get the faster time goes. Whew! What a fast four years. It has been a wonderful time of getting to know many of you and being able to serve you on the national level.
For an ASHE update, several things have been going on this year:
ASHE Volunteer Opportunities
ASHE is has created several additional opportunities for volunteers to serve on task forces and other projects that help advance ASHE’s mission of optimizing the health care physical environment. If you are interested in volunteering, please access the link below that will take you to the ASHE volunteer page. I am hoping to see a big response from Region 3 members so that we can get you involved in our ASHE national work. Volunteering can be a great way to contribute to ASHE while networking and learning from your peers. Click here to volunteer.
ASHE has several new educational offerings such as the E-Learning Application of NFPA 99 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, the E-Learning: CHFM Exam Prep, the E-Learning HC Facility Managers Guide to Finance, and the E-Learning: 2012 Managing Life Safety as well as 15 new on demand learning opportunities.
ASHE published a new monograph, Succession Planning: Planning for the Future of Your Facility and Your Career in July 2017. It contains information regarding organizational career planning as well as personal career planning. The monograph is available as a free download to ASHE members, and is available for purchase by others. There are also many tools added to the ASHE website for succession planning. Check them out at http://www.ashe.org/resources/succession-planning-tools.shtml
Listserv renovation (Coming soon!)
In December ASHE will be transitioning its existing LISTSERV® to a new members-only online community platform called My ASHE. The new system will have additional features such as: Listserv functionality through My ASHE for those who prefer email communications, online message board functionality for those who prefer visiting a website to browse topics and respond, flexibility to personalize email digest frequencies, the ability to include attachments directly to posts/emails, greater search/tagging functionality, a searchable member-to-member resource library, the ability for members to contact each other without releasing emails, moderated posts (similar to the current Listserv moderation process), as well as flexibility for future additional functions. My ASHE will also house volunteer opportunities for members who want to get more involved with ASHE.
CHFM and CHC Waivers are Still Available
Congratulations to those of you who have taken and passed the CHFM and/or the CHC exam. Have you been thinking about taking the CHFM or CHC exam? Trust me, there is never a perfect time, but I hope to make the decision easier for you. I still have a limited number of exam fee waivers available on a first come, first serve basis before December 31, 2017. In order to qualify you have to be an ASHE member in good standing, you must have been a member for at least a year, you must be eligible to sit for the exam, and you cannot have used a waiver for an exam in the past. I encourage you to take this very important step in your personal and professional development. If you would like an exam waiver, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
ASHE provided 52 scholarships through the Ilse B. Almanza Scholarship Fund for attendance at the ASHE Annual Conference. Twenty-three college or university students received scholarships as well as four educators. As a comparison, 11 scholarships were offered in 2015 and 12 scholarships were offered in 2016.
Finally, I just want to express what an honor and privilege it has been to represent and work with you over the last four years as your ASHE Region 3 Board Representative. Thank you for believing in me and trusting me to lead or be a part of the many changes that ASHE has been through in that time. Now that I am rolling off the boards and committees, I am able to reflect on all that we have accomplished together and it is amazing.
During my service to the region, we had our first ever regional meeting in Bristol, Tennessee for the barrier management symposium in 2015. Two of our chapters have reached Platinum Elite and one has gained awards status that had not been previously. It is my sincere hope that we will reach out to all of our chapters so we can all attain Platinum Elite chapter award status and all be a part of the chapter challenge program for energy efficiency.
I am delighted and proud of all we have accomplished and look forward to watching each of your chapters and regional leaders lead us to even higher heights of accomplishments and excellence. Please support my friend and colleague Michael Roberts as he begins his term as your Region 3 ASHE Board member.
Thank you all of you for your support and encouragement. I truly appreciate the positive feedback that I have received from so many of you. If ever I can be of service again, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I will always welcome any opportunity to work with you again.
Shay Rankhorn, SASHE, CHFM, CHC
ASHE 2014-2017 Region 3 Director