Do you want to increase your
exposure at WSTDA’s Mid Year Meeting? Are you unable to attend
the meeting, but want to make sure you’re still represented? In
either case, WSTDA sponsorship opportunities will help you to
demonstrate your support and commitment to the industry.
Each sponsor will be highlighted
in the program and acknowledged at the meeting. Signage will be
displayed throughout the meeting, identifying your company and
your sponsorship level.
Three level of sponsorships are
Platinum - $500
Gold - $400
Silver - $300
If you are interested in
sponsoring a particular event, such as the Welcome Reception or
Member Outing, please contact Fred Stringfellow at 443-640-1070
x102 a.s.a.p. as these event sponsorships will be granted on a
to download the registration/sponsorship form.
WSTDA has a great line up of
destinations in store for its members. After the Mid-Year
Meeting in Washington, DC, we will be in the charming resort
community of Niagara-on-the-Lake, in Ontario, Canada, for the
Annual Meeting, May 15-18, 2005.
WSTDA Use of Insignia Policy
The WSTDA logo on such things as warning labels,
standards, and corporate materials carries a great deal
of legitimacy within the industry. The logo instills a
sense of confidence among end-users.
In order to ensure that this logo is being used legally
and appropriately, the WSTDA Board requested that our
Committee look very closely at our “Use of Insignia” policy to
assure members that we are doing everything within our means to
monitor the use of our logo. The Committee, chaired by Henry
Reyna, closely scrutinized the policy and presented a modified
draft for the Board’s consideration.
Board of Directors has adopted the
attached policy concerning the use of the WSTDA insignia.
The purpose of this policy is to both promote the appropriate
use of and protect against misuse of the WSTDA insignia.
Legal Resource Committee
Seeking Interested Volunteers
In July, the WSTDA Board of
Directors approved the formation of a new committee of the WSTDA.
Mike Gelskey, of Lift-It Mfg, has been appointed the Chairman of
WSTDA’s Legal Resource Committee (LRC).
Our first step is to solicit for
membership on this Committee. The LRC will work electronically
throughout the year, outside of the spring and fall conferences.
Chairman Gelskey has outlined his
plan in part as follows:
Survey WSTDA membership and
tabulate results to determine interest, vulnerability, prior
litigation, insurance, use of warnings, etc.
Seek out warning experts to
review and develop defensible warnings for synthetic
Create a "dream team" of
expert witnesses, relative to product warnings and defense
The key to a great defense is a
better offense. For more information become part of the team.
Contact Chairman Gelskey at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Fred Stringfellow at
express your interest in serving on the LRC. Please respond by
September 30, 2004.
WSTDA Wins Apex Award
for Electronic Newsletter
WSTDA was recently honored with an
APEX 2004 Award for Publication Excellence for its
newly-created Uplifting News electronic newsletter by
APEX 2004 awards are based
on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the
success of the entry – in the opinion of the judges – in
achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.
5,462 entries were evaluated, including 793 in the “Newsletter”
Joining WSTDA as winners in the
“Newsletters: Web & Electronic” category were Kraft Foods, Sony
Electronics and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Communications Concepts is an
organization that helps publishing, PR and marketing
professionals improve publications and communications programs
through its services.
Traffic Up Substantially at www.wstda.com
Since the redesign of WSTDA’s
website last December, traffic has been up substantially, both
in hits and number of unique visitors. On average for the year,
the number of visitors is up 17% while the number of hits is up
This means that not only are more
users visiting our site, but they’re spending more time moving
from page to page once they arrive.
If you have comments or
suggestions for things you would like to see on our site, please
send your feedback to
Welcome New Members
welcomes six new members to the association.
Spring Golf Results
Belated congratulations to the
winners of the Spring Golf Tournament, held at the Steele Canyon
Golf Club, in San Diego:
Longest Putt honors to Dan
Perkins; Women’s Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive honors to
Susi Dolezych; Men’s Longest Drive honors to Mike Lindler.
The first place team (-8)
consisted of: Jim Calico, Bill Silverson, Udo and Susi Dolezych.
The second place team (-4)
consisted of Mike Davies, Frank Kulik and Bob Downs.
Many thanks to Golf Chair, Bob
Downs, for coordinating the Spring outing.
Golf enthusiasts can look forward
to golfing the Ussher’s Creek course in Niagara Falls, Canada,
May 17th during WSTDA’s Spring Meeting. Ussher’s
Creek is a Thomas McBroom designed course, carved out of
historic terrain along the Niagara River.