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Fall 2018 RVP Report
Region V
Tom Vyles
AEC:
Next year’s AEC is in Nashville Tn. July 9 -12. This one is a little closer to home for region 5, and I would love to see more faces next year. I know next year’s budget has already been done. For future planning, the AEC in 2020 is in New York City.
Membership:
September is a busy month for Environmental Health. It is Food Safety Awareness month and also contains Septic Smart week. NEHA was busy on social media promoting both activities.
The new membership levels and dues are coming out. NEHA remains one of the less expensive professional organizations. We are also continuously looking for ways to offer value for our members. Be sure to check out your own member page at NEHA.org and see what you receive for your dues.
Conferences:
Oklahoma just put on a great conference. It was well attended and well run. Marijuana for medicinal use and edibles remains a hot topic. This will be a topic of interest for the environmental health professional for years to come.
My next scheduled conference is Missouri in the spring.
I am here to serve you, the affiliates in region 5. If there is anything you need, please let me
know. I would love to attend your next educational conference and present a NEHA update.
New Grant:
NEHA was recently awarded a 4.7 million dollar grant to help develop Environmental Health
capacity in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This is a very exciting development for NEHA
and it shows our profession is important and continues to grow. As things develop along this
front, I’ll keep talking about it.
Finally, our prayers go out to our colleagues in the Carolinas as they deal with the cleanup from
Hurricane Florence.
I wish you all the warmth of the coming holiday season.
Tom Vyles REHS/RS
NEHA Region 5 RVP


For further information, please contact: 

Tom Vyles, tom.vyles@flower-mound.com , 972.874.6332

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