Spring is in the Air
Spring in the Valley of the Sun. What a beautiful time of the year to live and work here. As I write this, it is a warm 88 degrees outside. Meanwhile a long distance friend of mine tells me that he doesn’t mind the frigid, 10 degree temperature in Bloomington, Minnesota. I wonder if he secretly hopes he lived here. The smell of freshly cut grass permeates the air. Baseball spring training has started. There is new hope within each of us that our team may actually go all the way this year.
A new administration is in the White House. A new administration is in the headquarters of ASIS International. Our nation and our association hopes for the success of each. With the beginning of Spring, every one of us can find at least a little hope in something that can positively affect our lives.
It’s nice to have hope. Hope makes us feel good. Hope makes us optimistic. But by itself, hope doesn’t get the job done.
As my father repeatedly told me – “Ya gotta show up.” And how right he was. It doesn’t really matter the effort it takes to get there. Or whether or not you ‘feel’ like going. If you want to see actual, positive change in anything - your team, your nation, or your life, then the most important thing is, quite simply, to show up.
I hope that the warm weather and the smell of freshly cut grass stay forever.
I hope the Diamondbacks win the World Series.
I hope that our new leaders in Washington and in our Society one day leave us better than they found us.
And I hope that each of us can find that desire within - to improve ourselves and support the causes and ideals we believe in – and then, most importantly, show up.
Jordan Coté, CPP
Chairman – ASIS Phoenix Chapter
The Sojourner Center and the ASIS Phoenix Chapter have been long time community partners and the center is one of the beneficiaries of the Chapter’s annual golf outing. Sojourner is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States. They provide secure shelter along with a multitude of services to women, children and their pets who are victims of domestic violence.
In the last year the ASIS Phoenix Chapter has been actively involved in volunteering at the center. Chapter members have participated in organized events to repair and upgrade CCTV equipment along with volunteering for cleanup and organizing in their donation center. In January, Melissa DiCesare, Corporate Relations Manager for Sojourner, reached out to our Community Outreach Committee to seek assistance with another project at the center. She related that the Sojourner Center was organizing a volunteer weekend February 18th, 19th and 20th to clean up and organize their donation center. She requested that we cover one of the shifts schedule for that weekend. The Community Outreach Committee immediately began recruiting volunteers to work Saturday, February 18th from 9am to noon.
When February 18th arrived approximately 30 volunteers reported to the Sojourner Center’s donation center. Volunteers included ASIS Phoenix Chapter members, family members and co-workers. Lesley Moore, Volunteer Program Manager at Sojourner, directed volunteers in cleaning, organizing, restocking shelves, moving stock, etc. Volunteers worked over 3 hours making significant progress in the center’s goal of reorganizing the donation center over the weekend. After completing their shift many members of the volunteer team gathered at Carolina’s for food, drink and networking.
The following week chapter members assisted the center again. Continuing the CCTV project from 2016, Dave Toon of Enterprise Security and Stephen Oliva of Axis Communications installed a new video storage device for their CCTV system. Toon and Oliva were able to provide the device to Sojourner at a deeply reduced price.
The Community Outreach Committee would like to thank all of those who volunteered to assist the Sojourner Center. Over 100 hours of time was spent by chapter members and their associates in helping the center.
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