and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter
L.A. RIMS NEWS
The Newsletter for
Risk and Insurance Management Professionals
RIMS News December 2004
the holidays are upon us and I start to spend more time with my family and
friends, I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. As
I reflect back on last year, I’d like to share some of my thoughts about
the LA RIMS Chapter of 2004.
It is always difficult to choose just a few
events or individuals to write about because every 2004 Board member
deserves recognition. In looking at the Chapter’s accomplishments, I
extend my sincere appreciation to Becky Smith of Castle & Cook Inc., Paula
Ferrini of Los Angeles Times and Dennis Healy of L.A. Newspaper Group for
their enthusiastic efforts to increase our membership. Our membership
increased in all categories, which is something we have not accomplished
in several years.
The Chapter’s luncheon
programs have been quite diverse this year, thanks to our Program
Directors, Stacy Stevens of Lowes Corporation and Tanya Karn of Fox. Our
luncheon topics included “Workplace Violence” and how to protect your
employees against “Identity Theft” . We are lucky to have such talented
speakers in our membership. We would like to encourage your feedback and
appreciate any recommendations for future topics and speakers.
The Western Regional Conference was held in
Newport Beach this year. It was a tremendous success in part because of
the efforts of Kathy Merkovsky. This conference provided the ideal setting
for risk management professionals to gather and share knowledge, discuss
current trends and issues with experts and peers, provide motivation to
implement new techniques, and enhance your risk management career. The
conference was open to RIMS members only, which includes primary,
secondary, and additional deputies as well as those who qualify for
membership but have not yet joined.
Under the over-site of Scott Ritto, we
continued our education programs including 1) Scholarship program for
students participating in risk management programs. The Cal State
University students submitted papers on a risk management topic and were
awarded over $4,000 in scholarships; 2) Continued the reimbursement
programs for members studying for an ARM or CPCU. We will continue to
reward members who have earned their ARM and CPCU designations. We hope this entices you to continue your insurance
Finally the Chapter donated over $4,000 to
local charities to help those in need.
Well that is all.
Have a great and wonderful holiday season
and a happy new year.
Risk and Insurance
Los Angeles Chapter
HOLIDAY DINNER &
cordially invited to celebrate the holidays with the Los Angeles Chapter of
RIMS. There will be a welcoming reception, dinner, installation of the 2005
Officers, music, raffle prizes, and the holiday spirit.
would like to donate to Toys for Tots,
please bring a new unwrapped toy to this event. The
Marines will be there to accept your donation.
would like to make a monetary donation to the
Midnight Mission, please give your check to the
attendants at the registration table.
or your company like to sponsor a portion of this event? Do you
have a prize you would like to contribute to the raffle? Please contact
Kathy Merkovsky at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the RIMS office at
818-842-6096. Your contributions will be recognized at the event, in our
newsletter and on our website.
Some of the raffle prizes
so far include…
Two night stay for two persons
with a relaxing spa treatment at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa arranged by
Lowe Enterprises, Inc.
Four tickets to Lakers vs.
Grizzlies game on December 20th. Premium seating with parking included,
donated by American Technologies, Inc. and
The L.A. Chapter of RIMS limits its liability to only those events hosted by
the Chapter. The L.A. Chapter of RIMS is not sponsoring or hosting any event
prior to or after this event.
PRE-PARTY HOSTED BY MICHAEL L.
COATES, SR., ESQ. OF STREETER & NANGANO
work early on Wednesday, December 8th and interested in socializing
with your peers before attending the RIMS Holiday Party? Michael L. Coates Sr.,
Esq., of the law firm of Streeter & Nangano, is hosting a pre-party at the
Jonathan Club. The pre-party will be held in the impressive Yacht Club Room on
the 7th floor (Room 732). The pre-party will start at 4:00 p.m. and
continue until we adjourn to the reception downstairs which starts at 5:30 pm.
If interested in attending, please contact Mr. Coates at 626-432-7090 or
Health & Safety
Five Year Study Looks at Causes
of Carpal Tunnel
average cost when one of your workers suffers from carpal-tunnel syndrome:
That's why a five-year study will
try to pin down which employees are likely to be afflicted by this painful and
costly condition. For info about the study, go to:
St. Louis area businesses interested in participating in the study, email:
NIOSH Focuses on Exposure to
NIOSH has published an alert on
the risks of environmental occupational exposure of healthcare workers who
handle certain classes of drugs. An electronic draft of the document,
Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in
Health Care Settings, was published in March on the Institute's website.
It begins with this highlighted paragraph: "Warning! Working with or
near hazardous drugs in health care settings may cause skin rashes, infertility,
miscarriage, birth defects, and possibly leukemia or other cancers." The
document extensively reviews the research and findings related to the adverse
health effects from exposure. Among workers affected are those involved in
receiving and delivering manufacturers' drug vials, pharmacy employees who
prepare drugs for delivery, nurses who administer them, and environmental
services employees. The complete document is available on the NIOSH
For a Fresh Face in Training,
ask the Manufacturer
For a new wrinkle on familiar
training: The next time you're going to run workers through the paces of a
session, ask the manufacturer or the vendor to come to your workplace and
demonstrate the equipment.
The vendor might even have its
own expert who can lead the training session. That'll give employees a
fresh face to look at and a new perspective on the equipment. After all,
vendors are interested in selling the equipment, and you're the customer.