Message from the 2015-16 TEHA President Monty McGuffin
Greetings Texas Environmental Health Association Members…
I want to take this time to say thank you for allowing me to be the President of TEHA this year. It’s such an honor to serve our members in this capacity. I want to thank all of our members who attended the 60th TEHA AEC in Austin, Texas this year. We had a phenomenal program with some great speakers that really energized the hundreds of members that attended the program. I also want to give a big Thank You to all the Governing Council, Chapter Officers, Program Chair and Our Executive Director for all their hard work in making the 60th TEHA AEC such a special event.
During my reign as President of our organization I have laid out some “To Do” items for us as an organization. These items do not just pertain to the mother chapter of TEHA, but to all the chapters in the organization.
First and foremost I want to make sure we are all managing our budgets appropriately. We are entrusted with these funds by our members, so we need to make the best use of them as possible.
Secondly, we need to improve upon our participation by our membership at the local and state level of the organization. TEHA will not exist as an organization without the commitment of our members to step-up and play an active role. It is vital that we encourage members from all backgrounds and job functions to participate so we can have a diverse spectrum of ideas as all times. We need to think of TEHA as more than an organization of just providing CEU’s, but as a place we can all come together and improve ourselves as professionals and to promote the environmental abilities we possess.
Finally, we need to bring a new generation of professionals into the Public Health Field. I want to challenge each chapter to hold recruiting events at two college campuses during 2016. We need do our best to reach out to these young professionals and show them this exciting career option is available for them. I would like for all of us to work together and encourage each other to strive to be the best we can be. I want the public to look to us a leaders and experts in our various fields. I want us to no longer be “the silent solider” behind the scenes. I want people to know what we do and that we make a difference in society every single day!
Monty J. McGuffin