AZTWS Annual Business Meeting
February 10, 2017
50th Joint Annual Meeting | Farmington, NM
Call to Order and Welcome from Scott Sprague; President of the AZTWS
TWS Retired Professional Wildlife Committee (Reed Sanderson Chairman)
Purpose-To involve retired wildlife professionals in the wildlife community.
Will be available on the national website.
Will be involved with state and student chapters.
Suggests presenting this in newsletter.
Women of Wildlife (WOW) Southwest Section (Leland Pierce chairman)
Need WOW at Southwest Section level.
Approval of 2016 JAM Business Minutes
Jon Hanna motioned and Carol seconded. Motion carried.
Outgoing President’s Report (Scott Sprague)
Use sound science in the management of resources.
Employment opportunities (online) and techniques workshop.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of AZTWS as a chapter; asking for volunteers for JAM planning.
National TWS is in Albuquerque, NM. NM and Texas are supporting.
Board member recognition.
Committees: Dean Pokrajac (webmaster), Callie Hartson (opportunities coordinator), Stan Cunningham (continuing education), Chris Carrillo (membership), Kay Nicholson (newsletter, election, and awards), Holly Hicks (student chapters, techniques workshop).
Written President’s Report available.
Treasurer’s Report (Dana Warnecke)
Report of 5 business accounts.
Continuing education and memorial garden.
$51,264 balance at end of year.
420 attendees at last years JAM in Flagstaff.
Paid for President-elect to go to national TWS
Written treasurer’s report available.
Membership Report (Chris Carrillo)
Increase in membership by 83%. 218 members this year.
Over 300 emails go out so there is potential for increased membership.
Exploring raffles for increasing membership.
Awards Nominations (Kay Nicholson)
Notifications of awards have been sent and will be presented on awards night.
Election Committee Report (Kay Nicholson)
One nomination per board position except board member-at-large which had two nominations.
Newsletter Report (Kay Nicholson)
Posted on website quarterly.
Wildlife and habitat restoration in the Chiricahuas, the public lands issue, San Pedro River wildlife, Oracle Road wildlife crossing.
Wildlife Memorial Garden
Nothing to report.
Wildlife Techniques Workshop (Holly Hicks)
This was the sixth year of the workshop.
Attendance good. Included veterinary students from Midwestern Veterinary School.
Capture techniques, necropsy, mobile apps, and tracking.
April 15, 2017
Student Chapter Updates (Holly Hicks)
NAU: weekly meetings, created a weekly newsletter, professionals as guest speakers, sent two students to the national meeting, volunteered with native fish surveys.
ASU: meetings with professionals as guest speakers, participated in national quiz bowl, black-footed ferret spotlighting, black-tailed prairie dog trapping, Grand Canyon trip, jackrabbit survey, net gun tutorial.
U of A: member photo contest, quiz bowl team, wash cleanups, pulled buffelgrass, built nest boxes for Lucy’s warblers, hosted net gun workshop, volunteered with bighorn sheep translocation, sent 3 members to nationals.
Outgoing- Mike Sorum (Recording Secretary, Dana Warnecke (Treasurer), Scott Sprague (President)
Incoming- Kay Nicholson (President), Tiffany Sprague (President-elect), Andrew Jones (Treasurer), Melanie Tluczek (Recording Secretary), Jessica Moreno (Corresponding Secretary), Holly Hicks (Board Member), Audrey Owens (Board Member), Scott Sprague (Past-president)
2018 JAM Planning
Volunteers, Carol Chambers, Tony Bush, Jon Hanna
National TWS (Caroline Murphy)
Journals complementary with membership.
Membership directory available soon.
Policy library will be available.
Burro and horse position statement.