Thank you for responding to the recent survey. We appreciate your time and input. We plan to address some of the key issues raised in the survey in our next few bi-weekly newsletter emails.
What is the plan is for the spring conferences that each association holds annually?
With NJHSA launching in early 2017 and with a new CEO coming on board around the same time, it was agreed that we will not be holding a spring conference in 2017. We are hoping to hold Regional Meetings in the fall of 2017. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the inaugural NJHSA conference in the spring of 2018.
What will happen with the existing activities and opportunities that currently exist in each of the associations?
The steering committee has been working through issues such as how best to communicate with members, managing the legal transition to the new entity, assessing the financial viability of the new entity and beginning to research alternative revenue streams. At this time, we plan to continue all of the activities and opportunities that member agencies currently receive. This includes activities such as networking, learning, professional development, best practices, sectoral issues, etc. We want to maintain the wealth of knowledge and sharing across the organizations. We will review all activities during our first year of operating the new association to determine what will stay, what will go, what will transition, what will be new. Your input along the way will be crucial.
What are the legalities of the process?
For legal purposes we are merging the two associations, however, what we are doing in practice is creating something brand new. We have a new name, a new vision and mission. We will be open to many other agencies besides members of IAJVS and AJFCA. Legally we are being practical, organizationally we are excited about our new beginning.