Executive Director Report to CRRA Members
Website Consolidation and Redesign Project Underway
We are well underway with our long-awaited website consolidation and redesign project. Board member Monica Devincenzi and I have been working with the firm of M3iworks, headquartered in Santa Cruz. We are looking at designs to make our site more visually attractive and easier for members to access information, renew membership and sign up for events such as the annual conference.
In addition to refreshed design work, we want to better integrate our systems using Drupal , the open source content management system, and retaining Wild Apricot, our member management software. This project will create a full one-stop- shop for our members, combine two sites - crra.com and crra.us- and make significant improvements in website security.
We expect to launch the redesigned site in mid-May.
March – Another Busy Sponsorship Contact Month
March is another big month for sponsorship solicitation. I am making the lead calls to potential 2014 CRRA while Patty Morgan, our Administrative Manager, follows up on invoicing and allocating funds into our accounting system.
We have implemented a policy change to assure that our valued sponsors (all of them!) receive a full year of acknowledgment for their generous participation in our sponsorship program. Sponsorship is now acknowledged from the sponsor’s invoice date assure early and maximum exposure on-line and in other venues.
Please feel free to contact me with any CRRA sponsorship leads at email@example.com.
CRRA Members Volunteer for Board-Appointed Ad Hoc Certification Committee
Over the past three months the Board of Directors has reviewed our previous certification programs and assessed how CRRA should best address certification moving forward. On January 30, the Board approved the implementation of a new program leading to a Certificate of Sustainable Resource Management Professional (CSRMP).
One early step in developing a new CSRMP program will be the selection and appointment of an Ad Hoc Certification Committee. By February 28, 2014 we had developed a full list of very enthusiastic CRRA members who want to be part of this new initiative. The next step will be Board approval of the Ad Hoc Committee members followed by developing an Ad Hoc Committee work program for 2014.
Cal Recycle – CRRA Leadership Meeting Set – April 1, 2014
Board President Tracie Bills, Board Treasurer Rob Hilton and I are schedule to meet with Caroll Mortensen and other senior Cal Recycle leaders on April 1 to discuss a range of topics including 1) CRRA’s vision and organizational direction, 2) participation and sponsorship in our annual conference , 3) our partnership with Cal Recycle in several regulatory and legislative initiatives including the Air Resources Board AB 32 Scoping Plan/Waste Sector and our efforts to assist with AB 341 – the 75% recycling plan, and 4) progress on our CSRMP certification program.
Member Meeting Scheduled for Thursday March 20, 2014
Our Spring membership meeting will be conducted Thursday, March 20, time to be announced. Board Advisor Bob Hollis has agreed to set up the webinar. Notice to members and an agenda will be sent to the listserv and posted on our website on March 11.
Board member Colleen Foster and I will work with Board President Tracie Bills to manage this year’s election process.