July 2022 Executive Director’s Blog

Hello CSSGA membership.  I hope everyone is off to a great summer.  Hey, before I go any further, how about the Colorado Avalanche???!!!!!!!!  Not sure if you are all hockey fans, but at the Ohlheiser residence, it was the best of times!  Several months of gut-wrenching games, with an outcome of hoisting the Stanley Cup.  This means right in here, in Denver, we have the reigning National Champion of college hockey AND the Stanley Cup Champions!  A rare accomplishment indeed.  Now with the 4th of July Holiday upon us, it is a great time of year in Colorado!!!  Hope you are enjoying it.

I believe you have heard by now but, if not, we will be going through some changes at the association.  Annelise Shepherd has chosen to depart CSSGA and CRMCA to take some time off with her family, while pursuing future endeavors in expanding her career.  Fortunately, she will be helping with a transition and remained with us through June 30. It is no secret that she has been a huge part of the success both CSSGA and CRMCA have enjoyed. On that note, I am very pleased to announce the Emma Dolan will be expanding her roles within the 2 associations.  In her promotion and new role as CRMCA and CSSGA Communications and Administrative Manager, she will assume many of the roles Annelise was responsible for.  We are currently hiring an Engineering Coordinate to split duties and time between the CRMCA and ACPA.  See the job posting and please share with your networks!  While we wish Annelise the best, we are in great hands as we move forward with our associations.

Here are updates for this month’s blog:

  • Governmental Affairs
    • Legislative Review and Primary Election Recap: CSSGA Lobbyist, Totsy Rees, provides an update of the 2022 Legislative Session and the Primary Election Recap ßADDED
    • ROCK PAC Contributions: Also, as this is an election year, we must be active regarding the candidates and the upcoming elections. To do so, I urge everyone to contribute to the ROCK PAC that we have established. Companies and individuals can contribute up the $550 towards the PAC, which enables us to support candidates that support our industry. Members are also encouraged to be part of the process by helping us decided on which candidates to support, and even personally deliver checks to them. For more information contact me.
  • Safety
    • Many of our associate members operate within OSHA guidelines and this agency has launched a National Emphasis Program on Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards. Much of this is modeled after CAL OSHA’s program and operators may find this resource, Sample Procedures for Heat Prevention and Illness Plan, helpful. Info on and resources from OSHA’s national emphasis program can be found here.
  • Past Events:
    • CSSGA and CRMCA members enjoyed a great Networking Event in the West Slope earlier this month.  For the first time, we hosted a river raft trip.  Well, OK, more of a river float than a rafting trip, but fun, nonetheless.  Afterwards, members enjoyed a BBQ dinner on the riverbank.  Thanks to all those that participated and especially to Vince Hagan for their generous sponsorship.
  • Future Events:
  • Summer Conference in Steamboat on July 21-22. Details, sponsorship, and registration using this link, room reservations can be made here.
  • The Annual Conference will take place December 6 – 7 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Look for details and registration this fall.

Thanks, and I hope you’re enjoying your summer. Please reach out if we can be of assistance.  GO AVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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