For those of you who are AC members, or regularly attend the meeting, how often does your comm. meet? How often should an AC meet? Is there a minimum number of meetings an AC needs to do it's job? Is there any kind of responsibility for members to be informed? Who calls the meeting, only the chair?
The rural ACs, the ones that have members who must be flown in, have been told there is money for only one face to face meeting per year. We can have more meetings, but remote members will have to participate by teleconference.
My opinion is there needs to be a minimum of 2 meetings per year. ACs deal with both fish and wildlife issues. The Dept. needs at least 2 meetings to keep the members informed. One meeting per year piles on too much information to absorb and act upon.
Additionally, member terms expire and officers must be elected (chair, vice chair, etc.) so that adds to duties to perform during at least one meeting per year.
BoG and BoF proposals occur every 2 years for any area, so ACs have to be aware and active in that area.
What's happening out there?