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Below you will find the proposed changes to the by-laws, please look them over. We will be reviewing them at our annual conference and getting the approval of all members in attendance. Thanks

UTAH ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
Constitution and By-Laws

ARTICLE I

Name

Section I               This organization shall be known as the Utah Animal Control Officers’ Association or U.A.C.O.A.

Section II             Its officers hereinafter described shall comply with the laws of the United States and of the laws of the State of Utah in the performance of their duties for the Association.

Section III            It shall be a non-profit organization.

ARTICLE II

Objectives and Purposes

  1. Education and training of Utah Animal Control personnel.
  2. Education of the public in responsibilities of animal ownership and promotion of understanding and cooperation between animal control personnel and the public.
  3. Exchange of information regarding animal control programs.
  4. Provide expertise and guidance on animal control problems to officials at city, county, and state levels.
  5. Develop standards and certification procedures for animal control personnel.
  6. Identify and make recommendations on problems requiring further research.
  7. Provide liaison with other professional organizations and groups having related interests.
  8. Lend support and aid to Association members in attaining the goals and objectives of the Association within their individual jurisdiction.

ARTICLE III

Membership

The general membership of this Association shall consist of Active, Honorary and Life
members.

  1. Active membership shall be open to Utah Animal Control Officers, Public Health Veterinarians, Health Officers, Government Officials, Humane Field Officers and others active in the Animal Control field.

 

 

Article IV
Dues

Section I               Dues shall be payable  on or before January 1 of each at the association conference at each calendar year.

Section II             The amount of annual dues for active members shall be $25.00 $35.00 and can be changed only by the majority vote of the Association.

Section III            No member shall be permitted to exercise any right or privilege of membership while his dues are delinquent.

Section IV            The fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.

Section V             Life membership dues will be paid by the Association.

ARTICLE V

Officers and Board of Directors

Section I               OFFICERS of this Association shall be President,(NACA Representative), Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Training Coordinator.

Section II             BOARD OF DIRECTORS shall consist of the officers of the Association and four (4) members, Elected by the Members of the Association. Duties shall be directed by the President. President, Vice President & Secretary, need to be active Animal Control Officers.

Section III            QUORUM a simple majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VI

Duties of Officers

Section I               PRESIDENT shall be the presiding officer of the Association and shall serve as the state representative. at the NACA Convention .  The President shall have general supervision, direction and control of the business and affairs of the Association and shall be chairman ex-officio of all committees and shall appoint all the committees and the chairman of each.  In the case of a tie, the President shall cast the deciding vote.

Section II             VICE-PRESIDENT shall assist the president in the performance of his or her duties and act in his or her stead in the event of an absence.  Shall assist the coordinator of the annual workshop.  Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Section III            SECRETARY-TREASURER shall issue all notices of meetings and record minutes of same.  Shall be responsible for the maintenance of all records and correspondence.

It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to have all charge and custody of, and be responsible for all funds of the Association, receive and give receipts for all monies due and payable to the Association from any source whatsoever, to pay by check, countersigned by the President, Vice-President, or Chairman of the Board of Directors, all warrants drawn.
The deposit of all such monies in the name of the Association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of the By-Laws; and in general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary-Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time, be assigned to him or her by the President or Board of Directors.  Also to deliver to his or her legally elected and qualified successor, or such person or persons as the members may direct, all books, papers, monies and effects in hand belonging to the Association. An independent audit will be conducted at the beginning of a new term of Secretary-Treasurer

ARTICLE VI

Section IV  TRAINING COORDINATOR shall facilitate various appropriate training sessions in accordance with the association objectives. Cooperate with various agencies and individuals with scheduling, organizing and presenting applicable, practical training activities with the goal of educating and enhancing their professionalism of Animal Control Officers. The Officers and Board of Directors may appoint a Training Coordinator as needed. 

ARTICLE VII

Election of Board of Directors

Section I               Election of the Board of Directors shall take place biannually.  A simple majority vote of those active members present and voting shall be decisive.

Section II             Election of the Board of Directors shall take place biannually. A simple majority vote of those active members present and voting shall be decisive.

Section II             The nominating  committee shall submit nominees for each vacancy on the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Association. The President shall also accept nominations from the floor for each vacancy. Each nomination from the floor shall have a second before the nominee is placed on the official list of candidates

To become a nominee, a candidate shall inform the president or Vice-President in writing that they will serve if elected and they understand and will abide by the by-laws and rules of the Utah Animal Control Officers Association. In addition, the nominee shall provide the President or Vice-President with a current photograph in electronic format of themselves, along with their resume of 100 words or less included as part of their completed application. This must be received at least 60 days prior to the annual Conference. The nominee’s information will be available for review by  the membership at www.uacoa.org website at least 45 days prior to the annual meeting. Candidates receiving a majority vote of those present and voting shall be duly elected. 

Section III            In the event that any Board of Directors member shall miss two (2) consecutive meetings at which he or she was not represented by an alternate appointed in writing, the President shall declare the position vacant and shall appoint, with approval of the remaining members of the Board of Directors, an active member of the Association to complete the term of office.

ARTICLE VIII

Board of Directors Duties

Section I               The Board of Directors shall conduct all business of the Association.

Section II             The Board of Directors shall act on all matters presented to it by the President or any member of the Association after presentation for the agenda, in writing, at least thirty days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting.  The vote of the Board of Directors, carried out in accordance with customary parliamentary procedure shall be final.

Section III            The President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, plus a majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX

Election of Officers

Section I               Officers of the Association shall be elected biannually, at the Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting and the Training Program shall be held jointly each year at a time and place to be decided upon by a majority vote of the Board.

Section II             To become a nominee, a candidate shall inform the President or Vice President in writing that they will serve if elected and they understand and will abide by the Bylaws and rules of the Utah Animal Control Officers Association. In addition, the nominee shall provide the President or Vice President with a current photograph in electronic format of themselves, along with their resume of 100 words or less included as part of their completed application. This must be received at least 60 days prior to the annual Conference. The nominee’s information will be available for review by the membership at www.UACOA.org website at least 45 days prior to the annual meeting. Candidates receiving a majority vote of those present and voting shall be duly elected.

ARTICLE X

Expulsion of Members

Any member of this organization may be expelled for flagrant violation of the objectives of this Association or personal conduct which would bring discredit to the organization.  Any member accused of such action shall be entitled to a fair and impartial hearing at the accused’s request.  Should the committee concur in the move to expel, a majority vote of the active members present at the hearing shall constitute expulsion.  The committee should consist of President, Vice- President, Secretary-Treasurer, two (2) Board members and two (2) active members.

ARTICLE XI

Amendments                                                  Section VII

Section I               Election of the Board of Directors shall take place biannually. A simple majority vote of those active members present and voting shall be decisive.

Section II             The nominating  committee shall submit nominees for each vacancy on the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Associations. The President shall also accept nominations from the floor for each vacancy. Each nomination from the floor shall have a second before the nominee is placed on the officiallist of candidates

 

.Article IX

Section II             To become a nominee, a candidate shall inform the President or Vice President in writing that they will serve if elected and they understand and will abide by the Bylaws and rules of the Utah Animal Control Officers Association. In addition, the nominee shall provide the President or Vice President with a current photograph in electronic format of themselves, along with their resume of 100 words or less included as part of their completed application. This must be received at least 60 days prior to the annual Conference. The nominee’s information will be available for review by the membership at www.UACOA.org website at least 45 days prior to the annual meeting. Candidates receiving a majority vote of those present and voting shall be duly elected.

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PASSED AND ADOPTED on this    20   day of      February         , 2013 in Moab , Utah.

 

                 ___________________________________                                                         

Jim Barker, President

 

                ____________________________________                                                          

Pam Rasmussen, Vice-President

 

                ____________________________________                                                          

Justin Hatch, Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this     20      day of        February             , 2013.

 

 

 

Notary Public

APRIL NEWSLETTER
With the April snow showers and rain, I hope your May flowers are prospering. I know my weeds are healthy and green! I hope this little article finds you all doing well.

Did you know and were you aware there is an actual Animal Control Officer Appreciation week? We always hear of “Police Appreciation” week. Well kids, here is the proof in the pudding…

Animal Control appreciation week

(Taken from a website) – “Quote”: Animal Control officer Appreciation Weeks is the second full week of April every year. We encourage all Animal Control agencies to have a special week for their own to show off their pride and receive recognition for the important services they provide to their communities.

This week of appreciation is designed to give recognition to the hard working men and women of Animal Control who risk their lives and devote huge amounts of personal time and resources, while they serve the public like other public safety and law enforcement agencies empowered with the same duties.

This is the week that these hard working and dedicated Animal Control Officers can be honored by having the whole community say, “Thank You”, for helping when no one else could, or would even know how to.” (close quote)

I don’t think employers are aware of this and obviously I’m a month late in Thanking all of you that work in the Animal Control Profession myself. Who doesn’t like to be recognized and especially appreciated for what we do in this profession?

The reason I bring this up is because our Police Department will be celebrating the “Police Appreciation” week here shortly with a big old banquet and awards for jobs well done during the year by officers that have gone above and beyond.

I hear citizens say they appreciate what we do once in a while, but we see more on the flip side of the coin. We deal with dogs belonging to that same drug dealer, or an abused animal wondering if there is a human abuse inside the home. We deal with sharp teeth, claws, hooves, horns, etc. Animals that have bee hit by a vehicle or impelled on a fence struggling to break free. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are not immune from becoming a target.

I was cleaning out some old files, and I mean old. You could call me a hoarder of sorts. I ran across this letter that was sitting around when I was first hired on as an Animal Control Officer. It hit home for me in what our job is all about. See if some of you seasoned officers remember this when we were better known by the public as the “dog catcher”.

AUTHOR UNKNOWN: “I Am Your Animal Control Officer”

I am your Animal Control Officer. I am not the dreaded “dog catcher” or the “murderer” you call me.

I’m not the one who allows your pets to breed, then dumps the unwanted puppies and kittens on roadsides and in shelters. I’m the one that must find the tiny animals before they die of starvation, exposure or disease and, as an act of mercy, exterminate them.

It hurts me to be forced to kill hundreds of thousands of animals each year, but because of your irresponsibility, I have no choice.

I’m not the one who abandons unwanted animals on the farm roads, telling myself that some friendly farmer will surely take them in and give them a good home. But I am the one who picks up the frightened animal who waits in vain for its beloved master, wondering why it has been abandoned.

I am not the one who breeds and fights dogs in the name of “sport.” But I am the one who fights the breeders and participants, and must pick up the dead and dying animals that have been left behind.

So, remember, the next time a stray dog bites your child, your trash is dumped and scattered, your pet is lost, stolen, poisoned, or hit by a car, and it is the Animal Control Officer you call, not the “dog catcher.”

The next time your pet is picked up, or you are cited for neglecting or abusing it, remember that I am only trying to get you to fulfill your responsibility to your pet, your neighbor, and yourself. Do not scorn me, for I am the product of your irresponsibility.

I love animals and I care.”

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(my own added touch)

Thank heaven for great rescues and other programs out there that help us in this day and age to reduce the euthanasia and increase adoptions!

With all sincerity, “THANK YOU” to all animal control officers, and I’m going to add shelter techs out there in the state of Utah. It does seem ours is a thankless job like any enforcement job. You all have a big heart, a passion and love for animals, and the desire to break the trend of being called the old proverbial “dog catcher”. I recognize you and we, as an association recognize you! You are a needed and valuable service to your community. You are my heroes and heroines! I know you all go above and beyond what is asked of you.

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We should just throw a big huge party in April next year to celebrate National Animal Control Officer Appreciation week. I’ll see what the board thinks.

Please be safe out there and as usual, please let me know if there is someone deserving of an award for our conference in 2016.

Sincerely,

Your vice president – Pam       smile

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