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The Western Association of Food and Drug Officials is organized for the purpose of improving communication and cooperation with the respective local, state, and federal programs, and for promoting the development and enforcement of uniform food, drug, and consumer protection laws. WAFDO member affiliates are listed on the Links page. Job vacancies are listed under News on the Announcements page.

2014 Scholarship Recipient Thanks WAFDO

WAFDO 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann Award Winner

Welcome New Members

Recently Retired and Deceased Members (see WAFDO News)

Mark Roh, FDA Pacific Regional Food and Drug Director, retirement (see Announcements)

WAFDO 2015 Annual Educational Conference

Northern Mariana Islands - WAFDO Members

Purchase a WAFDO Polo Shirt

2015 Southwest Region Workshop and Annual Seminar

Message from the President - December 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 holds many mysteries.  What will Congress do?  How will we meet our fiscal needs and still allow our workforce to grow and stay educated in current and upcoming technological advancements?  How do we keep the millennials interested in the job itself and the knowledge therein, not just the money they could make at another agency? (After you training them, by the way!)

Creativity is an understatement.  Its new definition should be a plethora of words from the Thesaurus to include (but not be limited to), sharing, collaborating, leveraging, partnering, affiliate, associate, combine, interface.  Yes, these are kitschy words that we have heard repeatedly throughout our careers, while playing in many sandboxes (to be cliché), but they all mean one thing - bring us together.

WAFDO is one venue, but is limited in its outreach.  I would like to call on all of our members and affiliates to, as Ma Bell used to say, “Reach out and touch someone.”  If your organization has paid for training and you have slots available, call a local agency and offer the remaining slots to them.  Let’s say if someone identifies a training course that costs $2,000, and it might be of interest to 10 other agencies in your area, call them, discuss the possibility of splitting the cost of the course so your employees and those of the other agencies can gain the important knowledge, while minimizing the cost to $200 each.  Just think if all Public Health Agencies across the country changed their way of thinking from “Us” to “We”.  Oh what a wonderful world it would be!

We have begun this effort with Federal Agencies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California.  I would like to challenge all of you to do the same.  It CAN be done!

Onward toward the potential in the future.  Excitement awaits us.  There are good things to come!

Richelle S. Richter, WAFDO President
Special Assistant to the Branch Director
FDA/PRL-SW

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2014 Scholarship Recipient Thanks WAFDO

Ashley Brennan received the 2014 WAFDO J. Jos Campioni Scholarship. In her thank you letter she said:

Thank you so much for the 2014 J. Jos Campioni scholarship! My name is Ashley Brennan, and because of your generosity I am well on my way towards my goal of graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Food Science.

I come from Renton, WA and went to Liberty High School, but I had my eye on Washington State University since fifth grade. Back then, I wanted to be a general practice veterinarian, but after beginning school at WSU and taking an introductory food science course as a fun elective, I realized that working with food was what I really wanted to do. I am currently working towards a career in quality assurance, preferably in the dairy industry. My long term dream in the food industry is to create an agritourism dairy venture which allows people to see their preferred dairy product from start to finish, cow to cheese, because I believe that it is important for consumers to know where their food comes from and what it goes through.

Here is a link to Ashley's complete letter.

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WAFDO 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann Award Winner

Ballard Graham, Associate Board Member received the 2013 Orlen J. Wiemann award. He recently retired from Abbott Laboratories where he was employed as the Division Vice President of Compliance Oversight. Ballard and his wife Flo are shown in the photo to the right.

Ballard Weiman Award
Ballard Weiman Award

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Welcome New Members 2014

See the Membership page listing our new WAFDO members.

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WAFDO 2015 Annual Educational Conference

The WAFDO 2015 Annual Educational Conference will be held the week of September 20, 2015 at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, Montana. See the Events page for additional information.

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Northern Mariana Islands - WAFDO Members

The Northern Mariana Islands are a commonwealth in political union with the United States. These islands are located in the North Pacific Ocean about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. The territory is about 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC and has a population of 86,616 people. The self-governed commonwealth has an elected governor with the capital located in Saipan.

The photo above shows the Public Health Division office located in Saipan. John Togabuel is the Directory of Environmental Health and is a WAFDO member.

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WAFDO Polo Shirts

Order your WAFDO polo shirt today. They are $25 including shipping. Complete the order form and mail it with your check to the address on the form. If you have questions, contact Susan Parachini at 303-692-3646 or susan.parachini@state.co.us.

 

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2015 Southwest Region Workshop and Annual Seminar

Registration forms and a PayPal payment option is available on the Events page.

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WAFDO Contact Information

  Richelle S. Richter
Assistant to the Branch Director
FDA/PRL-SW
Microbiology Branch
Telephone:
949-608-2904
FAX:
949-608-2932
Postal address:

19701 Fairchild
Irvine, CA  92612-2506

Electronic mail:

Richelle.Richter@fda.hhs.gov

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