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GACAA Committee Responsibilities

STATE COMMITTEES

ANNUAL MEETING COMMITTEE
This committee works with Extension administration in preparing for the Annual Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents' Meeting. Also it makes arrangements for committee meeting places and for the annual banquet including handling the sale of tickets.

ASSOCIATION POLICY COMMITTEE
This committee is to insure that all actions of the Association comply with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents. This committee should review the Constitution and By-Laws annually and recommend appointment of an ad hoc committee to draft amendments when changes are indicated. This committee should also review the National Association of County Agricultural Agents' Constitution and By-Laws to insure that GACAA is in compliance. The committee should review all committee reports to determine whether or not the reports are within the scope of the Constitution before any action is taken by the membership. It is recommended that the latest past district director in each GACAA District serve as district chair of this committee.

LIFE MEMBERS COMMITTEE
(OLD TIMERS)

This committee maintains contact with retired Extension Employees and keeps them informed of Association activities and meetings. In addition, the committee plans and conducts special programs for retired personnel.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
This committee conducts membership drives to seek 100% membership of all active professional agricultural Extension workers, contacts all retired members and attempts to enroll them as life members, and proposes honorary membership.

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PROGRAM RECOGNITION COMMITTEES

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
To recognize NACAA members who excel in communication programs and ideas to their clientele. This committee coordinates NACAA communications awards.

EXTENSION PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
This committee searches for worthwhile Extension Service programs, evaluates existing programs, makes recommendations concerning changes, and proposes initiation of additional programs.

4-H AND YOUTH COMMITTEE
This committee's responsibility is to review and evaluate existing 4-H programs and make recommendations concerning changes and the initiation of additional programs.

PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE
The purpose of the Professional Excellence Committee is to promote excellence in program efforts. Committee focus is on ways NACAA can assist members with their career promotion and professional evaluation. Responsible for "Search for Excellence Program" and the Poster Session Programs for applied Research Projects. These programs offer members of NACAA an opportunity to share with others throughout the country.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
While it is the responsibility of all members of the Association to promote good public and professional relations, the officers, directors, and this committee must assume the leadership. This committee shall be responsible for the GACAA Farm House Activity and should promote good relations:
1. Within and For the NACAA and GACAA.
2. Within and For the Extension Family at the county, state, and national levels.
3. With other agricultural agencies, and For them.
4. With Farm Organizations, Commodity Groups, and Agri-Businesses.
5. With and For farm people.
6. With businessmen and women, civic and business organizations, government, and society in general.

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
This committee is primarily concerned with the selection and presentation of candidates for Distinguished Service Awards, Achievement Awards and Young Professional Awards. This committee makes recommendations for other awards and recognition of members or non-members when appropriate and handles the preparation and submission of award nomination forms.
This committee coordinates the NACAA programs and GACAA programs as listed in Handbook, pages 21 & 22, and published in the December issue of the GACAA Magazine.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
This committee coordinates GACAA and NACAA scholarship activities and conducts the annual scholarship auction during the GACAA Annual Meeting.

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PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEES

AGRICULTURE ECONOMICS COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to agricultural economics.

AGRONOMY / PEST MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to agronomic crop production and pest management.

ANIMAL SCIENCE COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to animal science.

NATURAL RESOURCES / AQUACULTURE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to aquaculture and sea grant opportunities.

FORESTRY COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to forestry and wildlife.

HORTICULTURE COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to horticulture.

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EXTENSION DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, organize activities that will encourage GACAA members to work for professional improvement, advanced study and in-service training on topics and issues related to developing and improving administrative skills.

EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible for encouraging GACAA membership among new Extension employees. The committee should contact new employees to make them aware of benefits of GACAA membership and coordinate activities and recognition of new members.

HISTORICAL / MEMORIALS COMMITTEE
This committee's responsibility is to keep a permanent concise record of important events of the Association and honors or accomplishments of members noting those who retire, the voting delegates, Distinguished Service Award recipients, those who served in a national capacity and deaths of members during the year. It is suggested that this committee prepare an annual survey for listing the above items and any additional information of interest or significance. The state committee should prepare and submit an annual historical report to the GACAA Historian and to the General Membership. This committee coordinates all activities relating to memorials for GACAA members and immediate family.

PUBLIC RELATIONS / AGRICULTURAL ISSUES COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, develop, organize and conduct activities to keep GACAA members informed on public relation and agricultural issues that can impact NACAA, GACAA, Extension and Extension's clientele. The committee shall also develop activities to promote professional improvement and select participants to the Workshop for Consensus Building & Holistic Managment.

TEACHING & EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
This committee shall, in conjunction with NACAA, develop, organize and conduct activities to keep GACAA members abreast of the latest teaching and communication techniques, communications technology, and issues related to Extension's teaching and communication responsibilities.

RESOURCE AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Responsible for NACAA and GACAA programs as listed in Handbook, pages 21 & 22, and published in the December issue of the GACAA Magazine.

RETIREMENT / EXTENSION NEEDS COMMITTEE
The responsibility of this committee is to keep the membership informed of retirement benefits and to study the need for changes or improvements. This committee will also review personal and professional needs of Extension workers and to make realistic recommendations for the benefit of Extension personnel.


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