Current Newsletter

January 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 1.2 

Safe-Wise Welcomes a New Partner. Safe-Wise Consulting is happy to announce Alan C. Mogridge as our newest Member / Partner & Senior Consultant.  Alan brings more than 20 years of YMCA practical knowledge and experience in aquatic safety & programming, wellness, day & resident camping and child care. In addition to his strong program background Alan has served as: Associate Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury YMCA, CT; Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Connecticut Coast – Valley Branch, CT; and as CEO for the Mount Desert Island YMCA, ME. In addition to his YMCA leadership roles, Alan has served as an Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Faculty Trainer for Y-USA, the American Red Cross and ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute). He also served on the YMCA of the USA’s Trainer Quality Team. Alan has already worked with numerous Safe-Wise clients helping improving their safety and risk management practices over the last two years and continues to stay focused on updating resources, the website and newsletter development. Please help us congratulate Alan on his new role at Safe-Wise Consulting. Click HERE to learn more about Alan. 

Preventing Unintended Chemical Injection. Each year dozens of visitors to aquatic facilities are accidentally exposed to chlorine gas due to a failure of the electrical interlock between the water circulation pump and chemical feed equipment. This video from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) presents steps that aquatic staff can take to reduce the risk of unintended exposure to chlorine gas. Visit our Safe-Wise Resource Library to access additional resources to help strengthen your aquatic safety programs.

 ACA and YMCA Announce New Partnership. This past fall, the YMCA of the USA (YUSA) and the American Camp Association (ACA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will drive their collaborative work. They are excited about this agreement and what it means for the future of both organizations. While the full details are being developed over the next several months, they want to make sure that their full membership is aware of the agreement. The overall objective is to strengthen and grow YMCA camping programs and, thus, the camping movement. While the framework of the agreement centers around five main points of collaboration, the agreement supports the overall goals of increasing quality, serving new and emerging audiences, and expanding the impact of camping across the Y movement. Over the next few months, the Y and ACA will work in collaborative teams to determine the specific actions required to support each of the main points of the agreement and to begin to outline the path forward to achieving them. Both organizations are very excited about the ways in which this partnership will strengthen their collective work serving youth and adults in camps across the country. They fully believe this agreement will be a model for the development of stronger partnerships with other youth serving organizations. Click HERE to view the full announcement.

 Register Now for #NDPA2019.  The National Drowning Prevention Association (NDPA) is going BIG on water safety in the Big Easy! Please join the NDPA in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 15 – 19, 2019 for the 18th Annual National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s Educational Conference. This conference promises to offer valuable insight on the best practices, latest research, newest technology, and critical knowledge covering all areas of water safety and drowning prevention. Early bird registration rates end on January 31st. Register Now & Save!!!

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 Retirement Announcement. Please join us in extending our best wishes to Christopher Mogridge, who, effective January 1, 2019, has retired from Safe-Wise Consulting. Chris is a founding member and has been an esteemed partner for over 11 years, and he will be greatly missed by our clients and colleagues alike. We have all benefited from his extensive experience, knowledge, and innovative style that helped Safe-Wise provide a realistic and intuitive approach as it strengthened the safety practices of organizations across the country. We know you will all join us in wishing Chris well as he starts a new chapter in his interesting life. He is eager to spend more time with family, especially with his three, soon to be four, grandchildren, as well as catch up on traveling, hiking, wilderness canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and helping others through his volunteer efforts with his local food pantry and as the Family Relations Chair on the board of the Monadnock Habitat for Humanity, which he loves so much. He will be joined on these adventures by his wife Helene who will also be retiring this spring. Congratulations, Chris, good luck and thank you for your decades of service to so many youth-serving organizations, improving the safety and health of so many. You have much to be proud of and we will miss you greatly! Please feel free to reach out to Chris personally, via e-mail, to extend your personal wishes.

 2019 Training Reminder. Safe-Wise offers a wide range of customized training programs that enhance your organization’s ability to operate effectively whether you need a small or large group format or a train-the-trainer session. With the 2019 Summer Camp and Aquatic seasons just around the corner, our most popular training dates are already filling up fast. Don’t miss out! Contact your Safe-Wise consultant or Safe-Wise Consulting HERE to schedule a training today.

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