This will cover a lot of business, so please read it carefully.
On Tuesday, March 6th, Harvey Stern was kind enough to come to our meeting and give a talk on the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy Program. It was very cool. If you want to learn more or get involved, please check out his blog here – http://lapurchasecypresslegacy.blogspot.com/p/louisiana-purchase-cypress-legacy-home.html
Prior to his talk, I announced that we would be taking nominations for officer positions for this coming year. Please see additional descriptions far below. The elected officers are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The non-elected chair positions are Conservation, Educational Outreach, Sustainability/Recycling, and Recruitment/volunteer. (Gwendolyn has been pre-assigned to Feral Cat Chair Extraordinaire).
To be an officer or to vote on officers, you must be a national member of SCB. It’s super easy, and makes your CV sparkly. Visit this website, http://www.conbio.org/join/ , and follow the instructions to join. National Membership is only $10 per year for students, which is extremely inexpensive for professional organizations. You will receive a receipt in your email, which you should forward to Cara (cbnighoh “at” uno.edu) and myself (jedward1 “at” uno.edu) for record keeping.
We will hold elections at the next meeting, Friday, March 23rd, at 11 AM. I will need all nominations for elected chair positions by Tuesday, March 20th (one week from now). Also, the UNO Federal Credit Union has agreed to sponsor this meeting with pizza and drinks and will entertain us with a very short 5 minute presentation.
Educational Outreach– Our educational outreach program will only be visiting one school this year as of right now. We will walk over to Benjamin Franklin (located on the UNO campus) on April 19th, Thursday afternoon. If you want to participate, please email Catie Policastro to get your name on the list. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just come to the meeting on the 23rd for more details.
Thank you, and don’t forget to get your nominations in ASAP.
Duties of Elected Officers
The President is responsible for organizing and presiding over meetings. Only the President may officially represent the Chapter on SCB business.
The Vice-President shall receive reports from Committees, arrange meetings and other activities, and perform the duties of the President when the latter is absent.
The Secretary records minutes, administers correspondence between the Chapter and SCB, oversees elections, and maintains historical records and a roster of members.
The Treasurer shall collect Chapter dues (if any), maintain accounts, and collect and distribute funds for Chapter activities. The Treasurer shall coordinate fundraising activities as per the policies and
guidelines outlined in the Chapter Handbook (Article X).
Along with the elected officers there are several committee chair positions that will need filled. The responsibilities of these positions include reporting all developments, progress or events by the committee to the President and Vice President. It is also the Chair person’s responsibility to organize all events and meetings for the given committee. If you are interested in being both an officer and a committee chair you may be nominated for both.
Conservation Chair –
As part of our mission for local Conservation related issues it is important that we lend our voice to local issues of Conservation concern. It is the responsibility of the Conservation Committee and the Conservation Chair to research these topics thoroughly and submit any required paperwork to national for any policy we want to participate in or support.
Educational Outreach Chair –
Our chapter is heavily involved in working with local schools spreading the message of Conservation. Once a year we make visits to various schools in the New Orleans area to talk about different conservation topics with various age groups. It will be the responsibility of this position to coordinate, plan and carry out these outreach visits.
Sustainability Chair –
The primary focus of the SCB is as an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. However in an emerging field of public concern grass roots promotion and work is extremely important. The lines between science and research and sustainability become blurred. As an organization we are involved in many “green” events and projects. It is the job on the sustainability chair to organize, coordinate and plan these events making sure they are a success.
Recruitment/Volunteer Coordination Chair –
As an organization we have increasingly become involved in more activities where members volunteer to aid and assist other organizations with similar goals. This is a new Committee and chair position created to help coordinate and streamline this process. This Chair’s position will include contacting and working closely with these other organizations so that our members will have all the required information in a timely manner in order to successfully volunteer if they choose too. * Now combined with recruiting duties.