Happy Holidays AIFRB Membership! This is my first message since our recent two-day BOC meeting in Kansas City. We accomplished quite a bit in those two days; the meeting minutes are about to be published on our website, so please take a moment to review them. In summary, our action plans include growing new districts, nominating new district directors, increasing membership, dealing with budgetary issues, and planning for an upcoming AIFRB Conference. As always, I remind our members to please ensure that dues payments are current so that we can continue to support our district activities and awards program. And please be sure to submit your current email address to our membership chair, so that you will continue to receive our newsletter, Briefs, which is now in digital format.
I am most excited to report our new member recruitment for 2016, which turned out to be the highest recruitment since 1980—72 new members! Our Membership Chair, Todd Chapman, reports that overall recruitment in 2016 was widely distributed among 13 districts districts within six regions, and four states that currently do not have established organizational districts. Thanks to his excellent work in increasing AIFRB membership over the past few years, the AIFRB BOC has awarded Todd this year’s Distinguished Service Award! Congratulations Todd for a job very well done.
The other good news is that we have two excellent nominees for our next President—William Michaels, NOAA Fisheries, and Kim Anthony, Southern California Edison Company and current Southern California district director. Please read their bio sketches in this issue and do not forget to vote right away.
We are also planning for our next BOC meeting in Tampa, Florida. We are excited to announce our newly-elected Florida district director, Bonnie Ahr. Bonnie will be contacting the existing Florida district membership, as well as generating new membership, to make plans for a Florida district meeting, as well as other activities, during the August 2017 AFS and AIFRB BOC meeting, in Tampa, Florida.
I also remind the membership to provide reports of your current research for publication in Briefs and on our website. Please submit any copy to our new Executive Editor, Sarah Harrison, at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we continue to update the focus of our website to report on membership news and member research.
Of particular importance to me is to get the word out on our Clark Hubbs Research Assistance Award program. Travel assistance is provided for qualified graduate students and other associate members either to present a research paper at a scientific research meeting of their choice, to conduct field research, or for training courses or other educational activities. We typically award at least six awards each year. So, if you have grad students that need funding assistance, please have them send a letter to our Hubbs Research Award Chair, Dr. Jerry Ault, at email@example.com. I also remind our membership that nominations are open for our annual W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award, currently for publication year 2015.fran Please send your nominee’s name to our WF Thompson award chair, Dr. Frank Panek, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to instructions for submitting to both award programs on our website at aifrb.org.