Executive Committee Meeting Minutes July 2020

AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

July 10, 2020

Attendees: Rebecca Krogman, Paul Venturelli, Tiffany Hopper, Kayla Key, Dan Weaver

  • Virtual AFS meeting
    • Big Data symposium (Dan)
      • 9 presentations
      • Pre-recorded talks with live discussion talks. Still unclear on process and waiting for further information from AFS leadership.
    • CEC workshop (Paul)
      • Meeting organizers have indicated that we will still be holding CE classes; however, they are not sure at this point what the format will be. Information is expected in the coming weeks. Action item: Paul will email Keith to see if there is interest in participating if pre-recorded or live.
    • CFTC online (Rebecca)
      • Rebecca has received many inquiries from different types of vendors. She is working with those venders to help them understand the process and how they fit within the site.
      • Currently populating the system and working on issues.
      • FITS would be responsible for moderating comments. We may be asking the membership for volunteers to take on this responsibility.
      • Jason Doll is working in parallel to build software solutions into the system (for analyses, visualization, GIS, etc.).
    • Travel award
      • We have decided to delay the July announcement/invitation until early fall because we do not yet know if fall and/or winter meetings will be face to face.
      • If Excom has any additional comments on the revised application, send those to Rebecca.
    • By-law amendment to 4-year election cycle (Paul)
      • Feedback was received from various members of FITS. Some agreeing and disagreeing with the proposed changes.
      • After discussion, the ExCom has a revised proposal. We would like to update and revise officer roles of the Past President and President Elect to include specific responsibilities pertaining to the 1st and 2nd years of these positions.
      • The President Elect’s 1st year will serve as a “learning year” while responsibilities will increase in 2nd year with guidance from the Past President.
      • The Past President’s role in the 2nd year will have fewer responsibilities and will focus on mentoring the President Elect.
      • Next steps
        • Thank members for feedback, propose redefining roles for officers and send out for second round of feedback. Action item: Paul will draft message to membership .
      • Other business
        • FITS articles in Fisheries (Sarah).
          • No updates
        • Rep on the Resource Policy Committee (to replace Jodi Whittier)
          • Action item: Paul will draft message to membership about this role and what to do if interested in this position.

Next Meeting is August 14th


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