Annual General Meeting
By Betty Jo Pritchett
This week is Alaska Conservation Alliance’s ‘Annual General Meeting’. As the umbrella group of approximately 40 conservation groups around the state, we are the powerful voice for the conservation community to decision makers around the state. However, in order to be the powerful voice, we have to have our finger on the pulse of what the conservation community in Alaska wants. We ‘take their pulse’ at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At this year’s AGM, our member groups will vote on the common agenda priorities for 2011. The common agenda priorities serve to unite our member groups and to focus our work for the upcoming year.
This year, as in previous years, it is no easy task. The member groups themselves submit proposals and present them at the AGM. The body, made up of representatives from all of our member groups, asks questions and really digs into the bones of the proposals, then, they vote to decide which proposals will become the common agenda priorities. Many criteria are taken into consideration such as the viability of proposals and the timeliness of the issue. The member groups try to pick conservation issues that are important to Alaskans and that have to be acted on soon.
There are a number of really strong proposals up for consideration this year, issues that affect all Alaskans. Keep watching our website to see what the common agenda priorities for 2011 will be and click here to read more about last year’s common agenda priorities.