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Now It’s Your Turn (and Personal Responsibility) PLUS Four Years. Gary German ( Retired!) Ocean City MD GEGinOC@aol.com. Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials May 2014. September 2013. CASA. Sure, I’d be honored. But what should I talk about?.

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Now It’s Your Turn

(and Personal

Responsibility)

PLUS Four Years

Gary German (Retired!)

Ocean City MD

GEGinOC@aol.com

Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials

May 2014

september 2013
September 2013

CASA

Sure, I’d be honored. But what should I talk about?

Would you like to give a talk at CASA in 2014? Share some wisdom...

Ted Veresink

Gary German

gary s gray hair
Gary’s Gray Hair...
  • 1969 - 1980 Sanitarian, County Supervisor

York, PA

  • 1980 - 1985 Director, Division of Food Protection Harrisburg, PA
  • 1985 - 2010 Director, State Training and Director, Division of Human Resource Development and ORA U Rockville, MD ______________________________________________
        • 2010 to Present—Retired, Ocean City MD
what i m going tell you
What I’m going tell you…
  • REVIEW what I said the last time
      • Still valid???
  • PLUS four years
      • What I’ve learned in retirement!

OR

      • what I wish I would have known when I was working
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Now It’s Your Turn

(and Personal

Responsibility)

Gary German

Director

Division of Human Resource Development

and ORA U

Food and Drug Administration

Office of Regulatory Affairs

GGerman@fda.hhs.gov ORAU@ora.fda.gov

Virginia Department of

Agriculture & Consumer Services

April 2008

Virginia Beach, Virginia

so much is on my mind note i m gonna ramble
So much is on my mind…(Note: I’m gonna ramble!)

Passion

Roots

CASA/AFDO

Mission

Ol’ friends

Worry

Food and Drug

Succession

Training

States/

Locals/

Feds

Public Health

Future

and retirement some day…

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Now it’s your turn. Now it’s your turn.

Now it’s your turn…

Note:

Knapsack of

Gary’s worries!

now it s your turn and the possibility of retirement
“Now it’s your turn” andthe possibility of retirement…

Not quite yet, but some day….

So, today is a good time to share some worries.

a little review
A little review…

What is your agency’s

vision/mission?

office of regulatory affairs vision
Office of Regulatory Affairs Vision
  • All food is safe; all medical products are safe and effective; and the public health is advanced and protected.
ora mission
ORA Mission

ORA protects consumers and enhances public health by maximizing compliance of FDA regulated products and minimizing risk associated with those products.

vdacs
VDACS

The Food Safety & Security Program (FSSP) works to ensure that food products and dietary supplements in the Commonwealth are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. The Food Safety Specialists provide consumer protection by inspecting food retail stores (supermarkets, convenience stores, bakeries, seafood markets, etc.), food warehouses, and food processors. They also respond to emergencies (natural and man-made), investigate standard and tampering complaints, participate in recalls, and provide educational presentations to the food industry.

remember
Remember…

They are counting on you and me and him

and her…

It’s got to be safe. THEY wouldn’t allow it otherwise.

Joe’s Diner

York, PA

1972

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Inspection

Report

Best

  • How good are you at what you do?
  • Do you take it seriously and do you always doyour best?
so what
So what?

It is the PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY of each individual for the success of the whole organization.

Doctor P.B. Dunbar

Denver District

May 1924

what is your personal responsibility investigators analysts
What is your personal responsibility? (Investigators/Analysts)
  • Care/Worry
  • Always remember the mission
  • Take your work seriously!
  • Be technically sound, accurate
  • Base decisions on facts/observations
  • Spend the time necessary
  • Make a decision
  • Do it right (the first time)
  • Don’t expect others to catch your mistakes
  • Your signature should mean something *

Report

what is your personal responsibility supervisor
What is your personal responsibility?(Supervisor)
  • Care/worry
  • Select the best staff
  • Take time/resources to train and mentor
  • Insist on the best work
  • Weed out the non-performers *
now in closing
Now… in closing
  • Someday I (and others in my generation) will retire
  • Maybe soon, maybe later
  • Just as Dr. Dunbar did in 1924.
      • Some Friday afternoon, with great confidence in you,I will walk out the FDA door and say to myself…

…now it’s your turn!

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AND NOW…

FOUR YEARS LATER…

SOME WISDOM…

From an ol’ retired guy…

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You’ve

Changed!

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Now it’s your turn. Now it’s your turn.

Now it’s your turn…

Note:

Knapsack of

Gary’s worries!

worry
Worry…
  • To TORMENT oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts
serenity prayer
Serenity prayer…
  • God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
  • Courage to the change the things I can;
  • and wisdom the know the difference
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And Abe Lincoln said…

  • “Everyday, each of us makes a decision…
  • …to be happy or NOT!”
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Worry

and

  • Happiness
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TODAY

IS

a

GIFT!!!

today is a gift
TODAY is a GIFT!!!
  • Look at your watch
today is a gift1
TODAY is a GIFT!!!
  • Focus on the “now”
today is a gift2
TODAY is a GIFT!!!
  • Cherish the people
today is a gift4
TODAY is a GIFT!!!
  • Do it with PASSION!!!
post meeting assignments
Post meeting assignments…
  • Look in the mirror…
  • Talk to your staff…
  • Look at your watch..
  • Think of the gift…
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Go forth and

do good!!!