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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Terry Childers2

Dear SMSHE Membership:

It has been another fantastic year for SMSHE. The Educational meetings have been stellar and our events, including the Vegas Casino Night in January and the Golf Outing in August, have been second to none. We also worked with MISHE to bring in CHFM training and testing for those in Facilities that are looking to further their credentials. I can’t thank our Board of Directors and volunteers enough for putting in the time and effort necessary to bring all these events together time and time again.

We’re in the process of putting our 2017 schedule together and it looks promising. Our Educational Meetings will continue in February, followed in March by the 50th Annual Health Facilities Planning Seminar, presented by AIA Michigan and the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). This year’s event will take place March 30-31 and will, once again, be in Grand Rapids. The seminar will be preceded by the Annual SMSHE Schmooze on Wednesday, March 29, most likely at the B.O.B.

As the year progresses, we’ll be bringing in local and national speakers with varying backgrounds to discuss different aspects of codes and compliance. On June 14, 2017, we will be hosting a full day symposium at the Detroit Medical Center. Details will follow, but for now, Save the Date!

Our Annual Golf Outing will be on Friday, August 4, 2017. Keep an eye on your Inbox for more details as we get closer. The 2016 Golf Outing was a huge success, selling all 216 spots, and we’re anticipating another sellout for the 2017 outing as well.

Hot on the heels of our Golf Outing comes the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, which will be held in August this year (August 6 – 9, 2017) in Indianapolis. We expect to have quite a few SMSHE members attending and hope you can join us there!

At this point, I have to say something about the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, which has been our charity of choice for the last few years. If you’re not aware, Penrickton Center is a private, non-profit five day residential and day care agency that serves blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve. They are located in Taylor, MI.

The great work they do at Penrickton can only be understood by taking a tour of the facility, which they (and I) strongly encourage. It’s obvious after a few minutes in the building that the people working there are a special breed. Janet Ames, who has joined us (and helped us considerably) at our Golf Outing and Holiday Luncheon, has helped us so much to understand what it takes to make it happen behind the scenes. If you do decide to take a tour, I promise you will not walk out the same as you walked in.

On that note, I will leave you with wishes for a fantastic holiday season. May you and your family enjoy the warmth and love this time of year brings. Until next time…

Terry Childers
SMSHE President