August 2009 Minutes


Quinton Simison, BASF, West Memphis

Mark Howell, Frito Lay, Jonesboro

Denise Dorton, Frito Lay, Jonesboro

Denise Whitaker, Siplast,  Arkadelphia

Chris Beason,ZeroMountain, Ft.Smith

Lea Ann Shivers, GP Studmill, Crossett

Angelia Hogan, GP Fordyce, Fordyce

Deanna Dykes, Calion Lumber Company, Calion

Charles Clay, Nucoryamato, Blytheville

Clark Thomas, ADOL, Little Rock

Tonia Cooper, ADOL, Little Rock

Carlos Reynolds, OSHA, Little Rock

Nita Matlock, ADOL, Little Rock


Friday August 7, 2009 10:00 am SHARP/VPP Meeting


Opening remarks by: Quinton Simison


Welcome by: Jamie Salkeld


Carlos Reynolds, with Federal OSHA talked briefly about VPP he assured everyone that VPP is here to stay, which was great news. He informed us that we have sixty (60) sites inArkansas.


The minutes from the last meeting were approved. Quinton Simison begin the meeting discussing the upcoming SHARP/VPP conference which is scheduled for September 17, 2009 at the 4H center inLittle Rock.


Lea Ann Shivers will introduce the Little Debbie of McKee Foods spokes person as the mutational speaker for the conference. Chris Beason will be the SHARP site spokes person and Mark Howell will represent the VPP sites.


It was suggested that a list of all contributors be given to Kim Fischer they are:



Calion Lumber Company, Calion

Dassault Falcon Jet,Little Rock

Cintas, Searcy

Frito Lay,Jonesboro

Georgia Pacific, Fordyce

Georgia Pacific Studmil, Corssettl

ITW Shippers, Fordyce

McBride Distribution,Fayetteville

Riceland Foods,Stuttgart

Siplast, Arkadelphia

Zero Mountain,Ft.Smith



It was suggested that Nita Matlock contact the caterer and ask if the Fish and Chicken for the conference is going to fried together or separate. This is to avoid issues to anyone that can not have fish. Nita stated that the caterer for the conference is Deaton Trout line ofBenton.


Lea Ann is going to take orders for anyone that would like to order SHARP/VPP shirts for the SHARP/VPP conference. Quinton said he would send out an e-mail to members informing them about the shirts. Lea Ann stated that the deadline for ordering shirts will be September 1st. She need at least six (6) orders the shirts will cost no more than $30 per person.


Letters are to be sent out to Deputy Regional Administrator Bill Burke and Assistant Regional Administrator Dean Wingo to attend the SHARP/VPP conference for September 17th as well as the meet and greet reception which will be September 16th held here that the Department of Labor from 6p-7p.


Arkansas Department of Labor Consultants will attend the meet and greet as well as the conference and will assist in directing participates to classes and answering questions.


The SHARP/VPP Association Group would like to recognize companies that submitted statics to apply for the Sharley Pettit Excellent Award. Which is been donated by Lea Ann Shivers, with Georgia Pacific of Crossett. It was stated that Kim Fischer should display a list of companies that participated striving for the Sharley Pettit Excellent Award.


The Association also wants a listing of all SHARP/VPP sites in Arkansas. The listing would be shared with other members and posted on the Web site.


Denise Whittaker did an update about the SHARP/VPP website that is been maintained by her niece inIllinois. She suggested that after the meeting to bring up the website so everyone that wanted to look at what is going to could view it at that time. It was mention that the minutes from each meeting be placed on the website.


On September 29, 2009 Tulsa Oklahoma Consultation Program will be hosting a meeting that will include other states. The purpose of this meeting is to provide assistance and guidance on organizing a SHARP/VPP Association.


The Tulsa Association meeting participants would share details on how the Arkansas SHARP/VPP started the implantation development and how the Association operates. Members that indicated interests in attending the meeting on September 29th included:

Lea Ann Shivers, Quniton Simison, Ben Thompson, Chris Beason and Denise Whittaker. Deanna Dykes (will try to attend the meeting as well)


Meeting was adjourned.



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