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ASIS Rochester Chapter Update

From Co-Chairpersons, Bob Lukasiewicz and Barb Wood

Dear ASIS Rochester Chapter Members and Friends:

We sincerely hope you are staying safe and healthy in these challenging and unprecedented times.

Our chapter Board of Directors recently convened and we have several updates to share with you. Given that we are unable to meet in person in the near-term and then recognizing that as the virus breaks, everyone is likely to be quite busy getting back to normal, we have decided to:

  • Cancel monthly meetings until September.
  • Postpone the Active Shooter Management special session originally planned for this Spring-time until the Fall or later pending availability of the nationally known speaker.
  • Cancel the ASIS Rochester Golf Tournament planned for early August. (We will look for other means to raise funds to support the Crime Stoppers scholarships.)

During these times, we know most of you are still very active. We hope that you are able to takes some time for education. There are many good programs offered through ASIS International and other organizations. This may also be a good time to work on your PSP, PCI, or CPP. In addition, we suggest looking for ways to network with other Security Professional peers in the area. Let us know if we can help facilitate contacts with other members.

If you have some valuable educational content or other tips, we are happy to use our chapter website, blog, and communications system to facilitate sharing with other members.

Once we are in the clear, we will announce our September meeting. Be well – we look forward to seeing you soon.

Bob Lukasiewicz         Barb Wood

ASIS Rochester BoD and Positions/Liaisons for 2020

ASIS Rochester is pleased to welcome Victor Wainwright, Owner/CEO of Security 101, and Joshua Phillips, Principal/Client Success Owner of Orbital, to its Board of Directors for 2020. Victor will serve as the Vice-Chairperson and Josh as Secretary.

Additionally, Barbara Wood, Genetec, has moved from Secretary to Co-Chairperson joining Robert (Bob) Lukasiewicz in this role. Angela Caruso continues as Chapter Treasurer. Click https://asisrochester.org/board.php for contact details.

In other positions, Joe Giorgione who served the chapter as Vice-Chairperson for the last two years will now serve as Chapter Advisor helping with the BoD transition. Tony Barbeau continues as Webmaster and Star Chapter System Administrator.

Finally, there are several open ASIS Rochester Liaison positions that connect our chapter and members to other chapters and the ASIS International organization. This includes the Young Professionals Liaison and the Women in Security Liaison. If you are interested in learning more about these roles or want to help in another capacity, please contact Co-Chairpersons, Bob Lukasiewicz and Barb Wood at [email protected]

2019 Recap – Message from Chapter Chairperson

The year 2019 was an overwhelming success for the chapter. We remained focused on monthly meetings, brought in engaging and informative speakers, blended a mix of lunch and dinner meetings, welcomed 7 new members, and greatly increased attendance. Additionally we overhauled our website and implemented a chapter management system called Star Chapter to help with member management, meetings, communications, website, and payments/processing. I am also pleased to report we improved our financial solvency. We ended 2019 with positive account balances totaling almost $5000 in our operating fund, golf tournament fund, and savings accounts.

In 2019 we again collaborated with the Rochester Area Crime Stoppers, (R.A.C.S.) providing support from our golf outing proceeds, for the Crime Stoppers initiative to supply 3 first responder $ 1000 scholarship for local students.  This is the second year we worked with R.A.C.S. and provided $2500 each year for the scholarships.  The students receiving the scholarships are local so our ASIS Chapter support will pay dividends to the Rochester community for years to come. Thank you for your support.

On a personal note, as I enter by 40th consecutive year as a member of ASIS, I have to recognize the enviable certainty that I will retire….someday. I am beginning that transition with the assistance of my fellow ASIS Chapter Officers.   For the year 2020 we will have co-chairpersons, Barb Wood, who served as the chapter secretary for the past two years, and did an OUTSTANDING job, will join me as chapter co-chairperson.   She is responsible for most of our success.  Joe Giorgione is stepping down as chapter vice-chairperson but is transitioning this role to Victor Wainwright. Joe will continue as a Chapter Advisor. Josh Phillips has assumed the role of chapter secretary and Angelo Caruso will continue as the chapter treasurer.

We have some exciting meetings planned for later in the year.  I hope to see you all as the year progresses, and as always, I appreciate you support and friendship.

Robert (Bob) Lukasiewicz, CPP

ASIS Young Professional Liaison

ASIS Rochester is seeking an individual to be the Young Professional (YP) Liaison for the chapter. This role is needed to help ensure that the benefits, collaborations and opportunities available through ASIS are communicated to new entrants in the security profession. This person will interface with the Regional Young Professional Council and the ASIS Rochester board. 

The Young Professional Liaison should be a young professional, defined as under 40 or less than 5 years of experience in the security industry. The role is intended to lead outreach to local universities, engage new members, help foster a local chapter mentorship program, support student members, and promote credential achievement for YP's such as the APP.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in the Chapter and expand your network of security professionals.

If you are interested, contact Bob Lukaciewicz ([email protected]).

Chapter Elections for 2020

ASIS Rochester will hold elections for Chapter Officers at the December meeting (Thursday, Dec 5). Officers typically serve a one or two-year term. Becoming a chapter officer is a great opportunity to meet and work with colleagues in the Security Management profession and enhance your leadership and professional skills.

Job descriptions for each of the officer positions can be found on our About Us page:  https://asisrochester.org/Chapter_Job_Descriptions

At the beginning of 2019, the Chapter engaged in a management tool (Star Chapter) that has simplified much of the operational work of the officers.

If you are interested in any of the chapter officer positions, please contact Chapter Chairperson, Bob Lukasiewicz at [email protected] or [email protected] 

Bob or any of the current officers can provide more information (no commitment assumed by asking for more information). 

Scholarship Award to Angelo Caruso

Congratulations to Angelo Caruso of ESL as the ASIS Rochester recipient of the 2019 CPP/PSP Scholarship!   

This scholarship is provided through the ASIS International Foundation to encourage candidates to study for and attain CPP or PSP certification.

Good luck Angelo in preparing for and achieving certification.

Crime Stoppers Announce First Responder Scholarships at MCC

CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS $1000 FIRST RESPONDERS SCHOLARSHIP AT MCC Police, Fire and EMT Students Eligible.

Rochester, New York, September 4, 2019: Applications are being accepted at Monroe Community College for the Rochester Area Crime Stoppers $1000 First Responders Scholarship. Full-time students enrolled in Law and Criminal Justice; Fire Protection Technology; or Emergency Services Training are eligible to apply. The $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in each of the three disciplines. 

A selection committee comprised of Crime Stoppers board members and Monroe Community College professors will select the award recipients in each discipline. 

This is the third year that the scholarship is being offered through a partnership with the Monroe Community College Foundation. 

“The generous support from the MCC Foundation allows us to offer a unique and much-needed award,” said Paul Hawkins, Crime Stoppers Chairperson.  “It is a true First Responders Scholarship in that it covers all three disciplines -- police, fire and EMT-- the first of its kind at the college.”

Application deadline is October 31, 2019.  Interested students are encouraged to apply on-line at www.monroecc.edu or contact their Monroe Community College advisor or professor.

Proceeds from the ASIS Rochester Golf Tournament helped to sponsor these scholarships.

 

Successful Golf Tournament Raises $2,500 for Crime Stoppers Scholarship Fund

Golfers and guests enjoyed a beautiful day at Mill Creek Golf Club, including a fantastic meal after golf and the awarding on many prizes. Most importantly, $2,500 was raised for the Crime Stoppers Scholarship Fund.

       

Two teams tied with a winning score of 63 (-8). The team of Siegelman, Stanberry, Mulhern and Barbeau edged out the team of Parker, Velencort, Aldridge and Wiesner on the first tie breaker hole.

Thanks to all the golfers and guests who participated in the event as well as our prize and corporate sponsors.

  • Axis Communications
  • Capstone IT
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Doyle Security Systems
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • FrontRunner Network Systems
  • Genetec
  • Octeum (a DD2 Company)
  • Rochester Brain and Spine Group PLLC
  • Securitas
  • Technical Systems Group (TSG Security)
  • Wegmans

 

        

And a special thanks goes to our event organizers: Joe Giorgione (Event Chair), Laurie Schreib, Barb Wood, Bob Lusaciewicz, Angelo Caruso, and Paul Hawkins & Joyce Palumbo of Crime Stoppers.

Osmanovic Attains CPP

ASIS Rochester congratulates Adem Osmanovic on achieving Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification.

     

Adem is the Director of Security at The Strong National Museum of Play. Adem received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Oswego. His 10 years of experience include the following roles in addition to his current position:

  • Assistant Director of Security at Destiny USA
  • Public Safety Officer, Dispatcher and Sergeant at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • 2 years of multi-store loss prevention experience

Adem is a NYS Security Guard Instructor and American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor.

Adem offers the following advice to those contemplating and preparing for CPP Certification “Studying will help but you should rely on your experience and knowledge. If you are at the point in your career that you are considering taking the exam, you are probably ready. Brush up on a few things you don't deal with daily (using CPP FLASHCARDS) and the knowledge you have gathered over the years should do the rest....  JUST DO IT.”

Next time you see Adem, give him a “high 5” for this great achievement.