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June 2017


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By Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, NFSF Administrator

NFSF is No Longer NAWIC’s Biggest Secret!

NFSF, the NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation, is working to get the word out about the Foundation. We were contacted by for information about the Foundation and are in their education section in May. We have also been busy with fundraisers at some of the Forums this year to acquaint ourselves with members. We thank you for participating in our endeavors and hope you will keep us in mind throughout the year.

We have received our first corporate scholarship fund to administer. Thank you to STI Trucking for trusting us to administer its corporate scholarships. If you know of a company (they do not need to be a NAWIC member’s company) that needs an administrator for their scholarships, please let us know so we can contact them.

Want to get a jump on tax-deductible donations for this year? NFSF can help and we take one-time and recurring credit card payments through our website. Remember that NFSF is a 509(a)(3) designated organization so contributions are tax deductible as a charitable donation. Information regarding NFSF is on the NAWIC website under Careers & Education or simply click here.

From all of the trustees of NFSF, thank you for making this a great year for the Foundation. We are no longer NAWIC’s biggest secret! If we can be of service, please email us at

Strategic Planning

By Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, Strategic Planning Chair

When is it Time for a Status Review?

You have been working your strategic plan for the past six months. You can see movement towards your ultimate goal. Now it is time for a strategic plan status review meeting. This is not revising your strategic plan, but a formalized way to evaluate where the plan is and what the next steps will be.

I would recommend that you set up a time to do this status review with your whole chapter. Again, this is not the meeting to revise anything in the plan. You need to work the plan for a year to see if you really need any revisions. This meeting is to review the status of the plan by reviewing each goal and assessing its strategies. Is your plan moving forward or is it stuck? If it is stuck, why? Is clarification needed on any strategy for a committee to do their work? This is the time for discussion, making sure everyone is still on board with what they are doing. If anyone has questions, they need to be discussed so everyone can continue to move the plan forward.

If you follow this process for every goal, you will have a successful status review of your strategic plan. Strategic planning involves communication between everyone to keep it moving forward. Talk about where your chapter is today so you can see where you want to be in the future.

Wait! What if we know we need to make a change to the strategic plan? Table the discussion and save it for your formal annual review. Remember, you need to work the plan for a year to truly know if you need to change it since these are long-term goals, not annual tasks. Make notes about potential revisions to the plan so you can discuss it during the annual review. We will cover that process in a future article.

Need some help? Tecker International is consulting with the national board on their strategic plan and has on its website many videos on strategic planning and leadership development. I encourage you to go to and look at the video library and publications on strategic planning and leadership development. The videos are short, so take a few minutes to look at them. You can also contact me with any questions at


By Kathi Dobson, OSHA-NAWIC Alliance Chair, and Schelle Wood, OSHA-NAWIC Alliance Co-Chair

The OSHA-NAWIC Alliance wants to thank everyone for their participation in the OSHA Fall Prevention Stand Down activities the week of May 8-12. Please don’t forget to download an individual, company or chapter certificate by clicking here.

As we roll into the summer months, let’s not forget that thousands of workers may be exposed to heat stress. Here, from the North Carolina Department of Labor, is a series of webinars.

Free webinars on preventing heat stress scheduled for May and June

With summer fast approaching, the North Carolina Dept. of Labor is offering a series of free 90-minute webinars on the hazards of heat stress in construction and general industry. Topics to be discussed include key definitions, causal factors, heat disorders, health effects, prevention, control, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, administrative controls, acclimatization, re-acclimating, work monitoring and training. At the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of methods to prevent or minimize exposure to excessive heat to prevent heat stress. In addition, students will be able to recognize symptoms of heat stress along with tips on how to treat heat stress victims. The first webinar will be held on May 22, and six additional webinars are set for May and June. For more information or to register, click here.

National Safety Council makes free webinar on distracted driving available online

In April, the National Safety Council conducted a free webinar, "Driving Distraction-Free and Defensively" as part of its annual campaign for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of worker fatalities year after year, and distractions such as using a cell phone while driving dramatically increases the risk of such crashes. NSC's webinar offers recommendations not only on eliminating distractions in your own vehicle, but also on how to be alert and react to the actions of other distracted drivers on the road with you. The webinar is available online as a video and a PDF that you can download.

We also want to stress the importance of participating along with OSHA and NAWIC in the first OSHA Safe+Sound Week, June 12-18. It is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

Safe+ Sound refers to safe work sites and proactive practices, which equate to a sound return on investment for companies. The focus of the week is to identify management commitment and leadership, worker participation and ways to find and fix hazards. OSHA has loads of resources to use at This includes everything from planning an event to posters and more. AIHA, the National Safety Council, NIOSH and ASSE are all sharing leadership roles in this event. NAWIC was the first Alliance member to sign up and represent our Association. We have a poster available for any member or chapter to use to promote and encourage participation, simply click here.

As always, we are your source for all things OSHA. Please feel free to contact us with your questions related to standards, campaigns, special emphasis programs and so on. Email Kathi Dobson at or Schelle Wood at



U.S. Transportation

By Cari Durbin, U.S. Transportation Chair

Tragedy Inspires Safety Law

Jason’s Law aims to ensure safety for truckers and the traveling public. The bill was inspired by tragedy. In 2009, truck driver Jason Rivenburg was on the road in South Carolina with a fully loaded commercial truck. He was tired and so he did the responsible thing. He pulled over to take a nap. As there were no rest stations around, Rivenburg pulled into an abandoned roadside gas station for a nap. While he slept, he was tragically robbed for $7 and murdered.

After this devastating crime, Jason’s Law was drafted, and finally passed in late 2012 and included in the Transportation Reauthorization Bill. The law provides more than $6 million in federal funding toward the construction and restoration of safe roadside parking lots where truck drivers can rest.

The trucker rest stations will be placed along popular highways. This funding will allow defunct parking options to reopen, as well as create new, safe options within the coming months.

Jason’s Law projects include:

• New dedicated parking areas for commercial truck drivers.
• Opening existing facilities to CMV parking.
• Parking for CMVs adjacent to truck stops and plazas.
• Capital improvements to public CMV facilities, which are currently closed on a seasonal basis so that they can operate year-round.
• Better access to existing parking facilities.

From now on, truckers will have more safe options available, so that they can sleep and rest properly. They can do the right thing without having to compromise their own safety and the safety of the public.

Transportation Trivia
Pass the time around the fire at your campsite this summer with this transportation trivia.

What is the longest road in the U.S.?
The longest road in the United States was once the second longest: U.S. 20 from Boston, Mass. to Newport, Ore.

When did airmail start?
The first airmail was transported in 1870 by letters in free balloons. It is difficult to think of balloons as a form of transportation. However, on September 23, 1870, more than 500 pounds of mail was sent aloft. It is unknown to date if this mail has reached its destination. In 1911, demonstrations of airplane mail service were made in India, England and the United States.

Where was the first paved road built?
One of the first “tar” roads was laid in Paris. The famous Champs-Elysees of the 1600s was covered with asphalt in 1824, signifying it as the first modern road in Europe. By the late 1800s, America would be paving roads. One of the first was Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation,;

Membership and PR/Marketing

By Laurie Jimenez, PR/Marketing Chair and Angelina Sacco, Membership Chair


Don’t miss out on possible recognition for your chapter! The submission deadline is approaching soon. You have multiple ways where you can submit your entries. During the week of May 15, a Survey Monkey email was sent out asking for your submissions. If you already submitted via the Survey Monkey, we so appreciate your responses. If not, here is one last opportunity. Please don’t pass up this chance for your Chapter to compete for one of these awards.

• Did someone in your chapter take a great WIC Week, Block kids, Forum event photograph, or series of photographs? Use this link to describe the event depicted, and how your chapter is “Enhancing and Promoting” NAWIC.
• Consider submitting your chapter’s website for this new award: Best Website for Design and Content. Is it up to date? Does it include widgets for social media? Does it contain links to the national and regional sites? Does it roar NAWIC? Use this link to submit your website for this contest.
• What did your chapter do to make NAWIC shine? The NAWIC Innovation Award will require a short description of an activity or meeting that promotes NAWIC in such a way that NAWIC (your chapter) will attract new members and sponsors! Submit your entry to Angelina Sacco at or Jillian Penkin at

Want an easy way to submit for all three? Use this Survey Monkey link.
The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017. Winners will be announced at AMEC.

Legislation and Policy

By L’Tryce Slade, Legislation and Policy Chair

Workforce Development

NAWIC is a champion for many causes. One cause that is dear to my heart as a business owner is ensuring that I can find the talent I need to grow my business.

NAWIC is a well-respected organization that people listen to and follow. We, as NAWIC members, should ask ourselves, “How can we contribute to the initiatives to enhance the construction industry’s workforce development?”

One action that we can take is finding a way to share our stories of successful programs with others interested in adopting similar initiatives. NAWIC’s programs are strong. NAWIC must continue to show pride in the industry to help the general public better understand construction and how women are an influential part of the industry. As you know, each year every state receives workforce development funding. NAWIC should be aware of how those dollars are allocated and be a voice to encourage money to target women in construction. Many of our members own construction-related businesses or work for construction businesses that are making a large impact on the economy of each state. We have influence. Let’s become educated on the system and process, in order to strengthen our cause and mission.

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