North Central Branch Newsletter

June Newsletter from NCB President Andy Michel

OKC is OK with NCB! Planning for our upcoming Joint Annual Meeting with the Southwestern Branch is going incredibly smooth. We finalized the schedule, which will include some changes from our typical annual meeting, but our hope is to provide a seamless meeting with Branches. Some of these changes include:

  • Student presentation competitions will be held on Sunday afternoon instead of the typical Monday morning. 
  • We are planning a joint awards dinner on Tuesday night instead of a Tuesday awards lunch. 
  • An opportunity to help with SWB's Insect Expo, an outreach event for grades 3-5. 

Please continue to develop symposia ideas, especially ones relevant to shared research, extension, and advocacy interest to both the NCB and the SWB. Information on submission will be provided later, but if you have questions, contact our program chair, Kelley Tilmon.

ESA Annual Meeting Update. Registration and housing are open for our ESA Annual Meeting November 17-20. Make sure to register early and reserve your lodging as these fill up quickly. Online submissions for Virtual Posters, Virtual Infographics, Student Competition Virtual Posters, Student Competition Virtual Infographics, and Functions are also open. Submit today

USDA-AFRI Opportunities for NCB Members. USDA-AFRI has released their RFPs for Foundational and Applied Plant Science Proposals. For our students, USDA also has a pre- and post-doctoral fellowship program. Best of luck to all of our NCB members who are applying to these programs!

Constitution Change Corner. Most every newsletter, we will include some changes to the NCB Constitution and By-Laws that will be voted on at our 2020 Annual Meeting. The NCB Executive Committee has agreed to the changes below. Please email me with any comments.

Modification #1 - Article II Membership

Current Version:

SECTION 1.The classes of membership shall be the same as in the Entomological Society of America, namely, Member, Honorary Member, Emeritus Member and Student Member and subcategories as determined by the Governing Board. 

Proposed Change (in italics):

SECTION 1. The categories of membership shall be Regular Member, Honorary Member, Emeritus Member, Student Member, Student Transition, Early Professional and subcategories as determined by the Governing Board and codified in The Society Policy Manual.

Reason for Change: ECPs are now recognized membership categories in ESA. This updates NCB's constitution to recognize ECPs and to be consistent with ESA. 

Modification #2 - Article III Officers

Current Version:

SECTION 3.The term of office of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be three years. 
SECTION 4. The term of office of the Representative to the Governing Board shall be three years.

Proposed Changes (in italics):

SECTION 3.The term of office of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be three years. This position can only be re-elected for one additional term. 
SECTION 4. The term of office of the Representative to the Governing Board shall be three years. This position can only be re-elected for one additional term.  

Reason for Change:

This clarifies the constitution for term limits of these two offices. In the by-laws, the GB rep has a two-term limit (Section 4), but there is no limit for the Sec/Treas. We propose a 2 term limit similar to GB rep. Note: This change will also be added to the by-laws:

By-laws Section 3 Current Version:
The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve as business officer, keeping the accounts and records of the Branch; report annually to the Branch, having the accounts audited prior to the Branch meeting by a committee selected by the President; receive remuneration for personal expenses incurred in attending Branch meetings, subject to approval of the President; and be eligible for re-election to a second term. The election of the Secretary-Treasurer shall take place one year in advance of taking office.

By-laws Section 3 Proposed Change:
The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve as business officer, keeping the accounts and records of the Branch; report annually to the Branch, having the accounts audited prior to the Branch meeting by a committee selected by the President; receive remuneration for personal expenses incurred in attending Branch meetings, subject to approval of the President; and can only be elected for one additional term. The election of the Secretary-Treasurer shall take place one year in advance of taking office.

 

Andy Michel
NCB President, 2019-2020

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