Broward Chapter Staff: Chapter Staff: Michelle D’Aiuto- (941) 952-9293
www.FSPABroward.com / FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com
Thank you to all the FSPA members who attended the 2nd annual South Florida Water Safety Symposium on February 22. The event was held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, and had an attendance of more than 300 people. The attendees were a broad range of pool professionals, first responders, swim schools, doctors, nurses, as well as local government employees directly involved in recreational and educational swimming programs. Also, represented were several high schools who have swimming safety clubs at their schools.
The involvement from the FSPA Broward Chapter was twofold. FSPA Broward Chapter was one of the presenters of a session on safety products and codes and how a pool company presents them to the consumer. There was also discussion on what the consumer responses were to these safety laws, including the Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007.
The FSPA impressed upon all present the commitment our industry has to safety and the tools we use to impart this knowledge to our customer base. It was also stressed that all of the agencies and people present should and could use the FSPA as their resource for any product-related questions regarding safety and prevention products. Presenters for this session were: Gary Kaplan, Ike’s Carter Pool Companies, and assisting him was Rick Myers, Team Horner.
Second, the FSPA Broward provided financial support to the Broward County Drowning Prevention group in the amount of $6,500. This money was able to provide lunch for all attendees as well as pay for the travel and hotel expense for the keynote speaker, Dr. Julie Gilchrest, recently retired from the CDC and a board member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Her keynote address was excellent and hopefully will provide an impetus for all agencies, including the FSPA and the pool industry to work together to further the cause of drowning prevention and awareness. The opening remarks for the day were provided by United States Congressman Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
There will be a Board of Directors meeting from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 at Ruby Tuesday’s in Pompano Beach. All members interested in learning more about their Broward Chapter are encouraged to attend.
Get ready for a fun night at Top Golf Miami Gardens. Join the Chapter for golf, networking and dinner on Friday, April 27
from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tickets for members are $70 and non-members pay $90. Space is limited. Contact Michelle@FloridaPoolPro.com for tickets or call.
Special congratulations to Rick Myers, Team Horner, on receiving the award for Chapter Director of the Year. We thank Rick for his continued leadership, dedication and commitment to FSPA Broward Chapter. Thank you, Rick!
April 10: Board Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
April 27: Top Golf Event
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