January 2021 – President’s Message

Greetings and Happy New Year from NJAIHA!  As always, I hope this message finds you all well as we look forward to a better year than 2020.

First off, I wanted to give a quick update on virtual meetings.  When COVID-19 first hit and we scrambled to postpone meetings, I don’t think any of us expected this would become a new way of life for an extended period of time.  I know many of you have reached out asking about meetings and when we are having the next one.  I can say we are working hard to get virtual speakers to put together a February meeting, so please be on the lookout for that.  As always if you have an interesting topic you’d like to present on please email Brian Feury (bfeury@lagan.com) or myself (dpreisler@kleinfelder.com).

Second, I’d like to congratulate Brian Feury and Jack Zybura for the elections into NJAIHA board positions of President-Elect and Secretary respectively.  Both Brian and Jack have been active members of the board for some time now and have stepped up to fill the positions to keep the legacy of this group going.  I look forward to continuing to work with both of them to improve the chapter.  Along the same lines of that note, a special thank you to former Secretary Hank Shotwell for his years of service to the NJAIHA and the community.  Thank you Hank for all you have done!

We have open positions for board members in the roles of Director of Administration and Outreach Coordinator.  If interested or would like to hear more about what these roles entail, please send an email to myself at dpreisler@kleinfelder.com.

Lastly, I’d like to remind those who have not paid their 2021 dues to please do so as soon as possible.  You should have received a reminder email from NJAIHA on January 8th with a reminder.  Not only is membership cheap ($30 for the year) and a great way to stay active in your local community, it also grants you access to the AIHA’s eLearning Subscription through NJAIHA.  We should be up to date on all of those that paid their local section dues through national, but please reach out to njaiha@ptd.net if you believe you have already paid and are still receiving reminder emails.

Again, I am hopeful we can all get back together having our in person meetings sometime in 2021.  Our former meeting venue (Snuffy’s Pantagis in Scotch Plains) has closed it’s doors for good so if you have any recommendations for meeting locations in the central NJ area please let us know as we look forward to finding a new location for our in person meetings.  Until we can meet again best wishes and stay safe everyone.

Daniel Preisler, CIH
President NJAIHA