Government Affairs Chair
Region VIII Government Affairs Chair
- Communicate legislative and regulatory issues to Council members.
- Mentor and assist State GAC chairs within the region to communicate legislative and regulatory issues to their members.
- May serve as a member of the national GAC committee, and as a communication link between the state GAC chairs and the national GAC committee. If not a member of the national GAC, communicates regional legislative issues with member on national GAC assigned to Region VIII.
TERM OF OFFICE
- 3 years, beginning in the second year of the term of the Regional Director
- Maximum number of terms allowed: n/a
- ASCLS Professional or Emeritus membership and reside in Region VIII
- Recommended experience that would be helpful to someone holding this office:
- Previous state GAC chair experience is very helpful.
- Mentor state GACs in all states in the region to carry out their position.
- Provide resources developed by the national GAC or Executive Office to assist the state GACs in legislative affairs.
- Provide feedback to the national GAC about state and regional GAC activities and issues.
- Establish contact network and respond promptly to legislative alerts.
- Reports to: Region VIII Director, National GAC Chair or GAC representative assigned to Region VIII
- Other duties performed:
- Attendance at National Legislative Symposium.
- Give updates at state and regional meetings if requested.
- Participate in Council activities
- Meeting attendance & travel requirements: Attend at least two (out of three) Region VIII Council meetings per year – Jackson (during IMSS), spring conference call, and national meeting site (summer)
- Reports: Fall, Spring, Final reports to Regional Director
- Deadlines: as assigned by Regional Director
- Average time commitment: Approximately 4-6 hours per month
- Financial considerations: Travel expenses and registration costs to IMSS, national meeting, and Legislative Symposium are not covered by Region VIII. These are the responsibility of the Chair.
- Mentors: National GAC committee members, Regional Director, other regional or national leaders
- Materials: Region VIII Guidelines, GAC committee materials, GAC Manual
- Helpful Hints & suggestions: Computer, e-mail very helpful.
- Contributions to the profession: Increase awareness of legislative issues in the Society and increase awareness of the Society among lawmakers
- Skills developed/enhanced: Mentoring, communication, marketing, understanding of legislative process, leadership
- Contacts / networking opportunities: Meet and develop relationships with colleagues throughout Region VIII and at the national level
- Travel opportunities: Jackson, Washington D.C., and site of national meeting.