ASA-AZ continued with their round of chapter meetings and events in November as the year wound down and the association began preparing for 2016.
On November 3, the Yuma Chapter held their monthly roundtable at Chretin’s Restaurant. The chapter’s roundtables are held on the first Tuesday of each month.
Luz Rubio, Executive Director of ASA-AZ, noted, “This roundtable is fairly new, and attendance is growing slowly, but we invite shops in the area to contact Jeff McCloud, Yuma Chapter President, at 928-305-0767. Join us for dinner and open discussion on local industry issues. Come and discover the value of being a member of an association!”
Continuing its roundtable rotation, the Phoenix Chapter met at Tech 1 Auto in Peoria on November 5. In attendance was Ian Bingham of the AZ Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) who invited shops to apply for the Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP). In addition to complementing existing programs with new tools and strategies to protect people and the environment, ADEQ strives to recognize opportunities for reducing cost and encouraging technological innovation. The VESP identifies and rewards organizations with a good history of compliance that go above and beyond legal requirements.
Rubio recounted, “Organizations and businesses are invited to join VESP to work together on environmental quality issues and support ADEQ’s mission – to protect and enhance public health and the environment in AZ. Membership incentives for joining VESP include recognition, reduced inspection frequency, conferences, early notice of enforcement rulings, advance inspection notice, reduced reporting requirements, and coordination of multiple on-site inspections. Members will be invited to participate in discussions about incentives that might be added to the program.”
For more information on VESP, visit www.azdeq.gov/vesp.html
The Central Phoenix and East Valley Chapters also held open discussion roundtables in November, and both plan to host Bingham early in 2016 for members to learn about VESP.
On November 11, the Tucson Chapter held their dinner meeting with guest speaker Frank Leutz, President of the Phoenix Chapter.
According to Rubio, “Frank shared the benefits he has received from being an active member of the association. He also facilitated a great discussion regarding benefits and participation in our affiliate. A great exchange of resources and information followed Frank’s presentation.”