Nationals has just released the region re-districting list. We are now apart of the Northeast Region, Region D, which encompasses the New England states, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and northern Virginia.
Congratulations to Catherine Schoenenberger for being voted in as the new NAWIC REGION 14 DIRECTOR and most recently the National NAWIC Member of the Year! We could not be more proud of this amazing Granite State Chapter Past President who has mentored us all in one way or another.
Catherine who became a NAWIC member in 2008, generously donates her time, energy and leadership to so many non-profit organizations. Her passion for construction and public works is evident in all that she does! She is currently Region 14's Chair of the PR & Marketing Committee and also chairs the National Diversity Committee for the American Public Works Association! She is the President-Elect for the NH Public Works Association and owns her own company (Stay Safe Traffic Products, Inc.) as a leading supplier of traffic control and safety products throughout New England.
She founded New Hampshire Construction Career Days in 2009, which has allowed over 3,700 students to experience careers in transportation and construction through hands on exhibits and activities. This woman does not stop! Her leadership, enthusiasm and positive attitude are truly infectious! If you don't know her....you should! She's one of those people that inspires you to be a better person. The Granite State Chapter could not be more proud of Catherine! Way to go - we love you!
Check out this great article in the APWA Reporter by NH NAWIC member, Catherine Schoenenberger. Catherine is the chair of the National Diversity Committee for American Public Works Association (APWA). In this article she talks about how "A key component to future success, is not just attracting the new, fresh and younger faces, it also involves retaining and including the seasoned individuals as well." Catherine who knows first hand what is means to be a mentor, is constantly encouraging younger members to join the local APWA and NAWIC Chapters. She has taken many of us under her wing, including myself, to share her knowledge and passion for the construction industry.
Please click here to read the full article.
Happy National Public Works Week to all men and women who provide services day in and out to communities across the nation!
Public Works is typically most well known for snow plowing, snow removal and pothole repair with the very aggressive New England winters around here. But they do so much more! You can thank them for keeping your cities and towns clean, maintaining and fixing roads, signs, drainage, sewerage, bridges, sidewalks, and guardrails to name a few. Many provide trash and recycling services, clean drinking water, proper treatment of sewerage, and operation of active or closed landfills. They are there when roads are impassable due to snow, ice or rain. They help get each and every one of you home safely while spending countless hours away from their families to work overtime when you need them most! They are the unsung heroes of each and every community!
I am proud to work for the Goffstown Public Works Department in New Hampshire! I thank each and every one of our crew for their dedication and pride while providing the most efficient service they can with the resources available to them!
To read more about National Public Works Week please go to the American Public Works page!
NAWIC's alliance with OSHA is making news in the construction industry. A recent article in the OSHA Compliance Advisor Magazine - Issue 727 (Page 3) talks all about the challenges women working in construction face when it comes to work place safety. Our very own chapter president, Patty Stagno, owner of Power Skills For Life, was featured in the article! Please click hear to read the full article.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
...Another hot issue for women in the building trades is chemical exposure. “Everybody is becoming more sensitized to chemicals because of the environment, the foods we’re eating, and other factors.” Stagno says that in addition to cancer, respiratory issues, and other health conditions, women also need to be concerned about reproductive hazards. One exposure that’s becoming more common is diesel particulates and fumes. These affect women more than in the past because women are more active in flagging and road construction work.
For many employers, ensuring that women are protected on the job is not a high priority, says Stagno. Having spent her share of time in manholes wielding heavy tools, Stagno is confident that women can do any job that needs to be done, but not necessarily in the same way men do it. “We may have to use ‘work-smarter, not harder’ techniques.”
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction to develop training resources to protect women in the construction industry. The alliance will focus on musculoskeletal and sanitation hazards and issues related to poorly-fitting personal protective equipment. Today OSHA announced a new OSHA-NAWIC web page that addresses these issues.
During the two-year agreement, the alliance intends to develop training programs, fact sheets and other outreach resources on musculoskeletal hazards, sanitation and PPE selection. The alliance will focus on these and other safety and health issues specific to female construction workers.
For the full article - please click here.
Visit OSHA’s Women in Construction Web page for more information about safety and health issues facing women in construction.
Congrats Patty Stagno, our current NAWIC NH Chapter President, for being selected as the 2013 NAWIC Member of the Year! Patty will receive her award at the 2013 National NAWIC Convention in Bellevue, WA in August. She will be joined by another Region 14 member, Joyce Newman, Maine Chapter #276, who will be recieving the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award! Well done ladies! Way to represent Region 14!!!
Patty continues to amaze us all with her long list of career achievements, fantastic leadership skills, dedicated community involvement wonderful personality, wit and amazing positive attidtude! To learn more about Patty and all her impressive accomplishments - click here to read her bio page. You can also see her featured volunteer involvements like Special Olympics of NH, Merrimack Friars and Goffstown CERT Team under our Community Involvement Page.
Just received this email over the weekend, which I thought was fantastic and worth sharing!!!
"Members of our National NAWIC BOD recently attended the United Rentals Supplier Show & Annual Leadership Meeting on January 6 & 7, 2013. They were asked to speak at their women’s leadership luncheon and received very positive feedback.
The most exciting thing that happened at that luncheon was that United Rentals told everyone there (about 120 women employees plus their Board of Directors) that they would pay for their employees’ memberships into NAWIC and for their participation in NAWIC!
This is a huge opportunity for new members in addition to continued support of existing United Rentals members. All and all, it was a very good trip for NAWIC!"
As many of you know there was a membership retention contest for all NAWIC chapters in an effort to increase our membership and retain those valuable members that are already a part of the NAWIC family.
Here are the final results of the retention contest:
Region 14 is in 1st place with 79.31%;
Region 6 is in 2nd place with 78.22%; and
Region 11 is in 3rd place with 76.32%
With regards to new members so far:
Region 7 is in 1st place with 43 new members;
Regions 4 and 12 are tied for 2nd with 39 new members; and
Region 8 is in 3rd with 33 new members
Congrats to all who made an effort in the contest and a big HOORAY to our very own Region 14 for coming in first place for membership retention!!!
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