President’s Message


October 24, 2016

Dear Animal Control Officers and Shelter Staff:

The 2017 Annual Conference will be held February 8th, 9th, and 10th of 2017 at the ABBY INN, St. George Utah. The Conference is Wednesday through Friday and is a full three days. The cost of the Conference is $250.00 which includes tuition for the conference, your U.A.C.O.A membership, a banquet held of February 9th. If you fail to pre-register and pay at the door the tuition is $300.00. The deadline for the tuition is January 5th 2017. If you do not pay tuition by this date you will not be able to attend the banquet as they need the exact head count at that time. We will be having a Prime Rib Banquet.

The silent auction is back this year!!!!!!!! Items must be turned in at registration either Tuesday night or by 8 AM Wednesday morning before conference begins. Entries will not be accepted after that time. One ticket will be given to the person who brings a silent auction item, regardless of how many items are submitted. If no one bids on the items they will then be door prizes for Friday.

A copy of the conference agenda is enclosed for your reference. The classes will be very interesting and applicable. This will also be a time for us to enjoy getting together once again.

We have implemented a new program, instead of offering 2 grants for the conference we are instead offering five $100.00 vouchers to take off the $250.00 tuition cost; you must apply for them by contacting Justin or Pam in writing. NO LATER THAN JANUARY 5, 2017. (If you have applied and received a $100.00 voucher in the past year your request will be put on hold unless not others have applied.)

We will be having the break out class for shelter employees on Feb. 9th, 2017. We are really excited about the classes that are being taught this year. The board has put a lot of thought and work into arranging speakers and instructors to take time out of their busy schedules to come and speak with us.

The earlier you confirm you’re attending the conference, the better prepared we can be for each of you. We ask that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to ensure you get the type of room you want. Abby Inn has asked that the rooms be booked by January 5, 2017. The cost per room this year is $85.00 per night…The phone number is (435) 652-1234. Let them know that you are with the Utah Animal Control Officers Association for this rate. (If you do not reserve your room by January 5, 2017 you will not get the rate of $85.00 per night.)

Remember to nominate a shelter worker or volunteer for the Civilian employee/Volunteer of the year award. Form is included in this information below.

Remember to send in nominations for Officer of the year and Civilian / Employee of the year. This is a great time to recognize someone that has gone above and beyond the job description. I enclosed the forms that need to be filled out below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Justin or Pam as the agency members listed below. We look forward to seeing you in February in St. George.

Justin Hatch


2017-conference-agenda 2017


President                   Vice President                                  Secretary
Justin Hatch             Pam Rasmussen                              Bryan Smith
301 S. Main St.        1600 W. Towne Center Dr.       1267 E. Hwy 193
Heber City,                South Jordan, Utah 84095       Layton, UT 84040
Utah  84032              (801) 254-4708                              (801) 444-2200
(801) 404-9931

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