2019 Call for Committee VolunteersSeptember 20, 2019
Attention all ZRA Members!
Committees are where the REAL action of the Association happens. We are looking for members to take an active interest in their Association, and to put their knowledge, experiences, and passion to good use! Become more involved in ZRA and help us to develop into a better, more professional, more resourceful organization. Remember that all members in good standing may serve on a Committee (or Committees!)
If you want to know more about any particular Committee, please contact the current Chair for more information – contact information can be found on our website, www.zooregistrars.org, on the Leadership page. If you know you want to serve on a Committee(s) as a new member, please contact Stephanie Eller (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up! There will also be sign-up sheets at the conference if you want to wait until after the Z-CAP meeting to decide which Committee(s) you would like to be involved in.
A “snapshot” of each Committee is provided below:
- Annual Conference is responsible for planning and executing the annual conference. There are only 5 members and each person has a distinct and important role. This committee is filled for 2020, but please let us know if you are interested in planning future conferences! (Chair: Jennifer Wilson, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo)
- Bylaws reviews all proposals for amendments to ZRA’s Bylaws and presents them to the voting members. The committee continues to streamline the Association’s Bylaws for added flexibility as the Association grows. (Chair: Barbara Outerbridge, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo)
- Ethics – this important committee is charged with upholding the ZRA Code of Professional Ethics. It reviews any proposals or amendments to the Code. Only Professional members who are not officers, Chairmen, or Vice-Chairmen may be on this committee. (Chair: Giselle Alverson, Tulsa Zoo)
- History coordinates and documents historical events and the professional evolution of ZRA and manages its archives. The committee is starting to establish protocols for archiving the Association’s digital history. (Chair: Aletha Kinser, Sedgwick County Zoo
- Marketing and PR serves as ZRA’s “outreach.” Committee members work on ways to spread the word about ZRA and our programs. This Committee needs creative, welcoming folks to help design marketing documents and reach new audiences. In particular, this Committee is in need of a new Vice-Chair! (Chair: Ashley Arimborgo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)
- Membership Services processes membership renewals, approves new members, and maintains membership records for all ZRA members (past and present). Be a part of the growth of ZRA! (Chair: Matt Seguin, MOTE Aquarium)
- Newsletter writes and designs the ZRA quarterly newsletter, For the Record. This is a fun committee that requires creativity and excellent writing and editing skills. (Chair: Deanna Snell, Calgary Zoo)
- Nominations & Elections – this practical committee works to find nominees for each position up for election and assists nominees through the process to prepare for voting. The committee also oversees the election itself. This committee is currently full, but contact the Chair if you are interested for the future. (Chair: Jessica Grote, Denver Zoo)
- Professional Development – this committee looks for ways to help members develop professionally in this career: for example, it supports members who are pursuing their Certified Records Manager (CRM) or Certified Records Analyst (CRA) certification and has lead the development of Training Certificate Program. (Chair: Peter Grimm, Oregon Zoo)
- Standards evaluates the need for industry standards and provides for their development, sometimes working in concert with AZA’s IDMAG. (Chair: Mary Noell, Cincinnati Zoo)
- Strategic Planning – are you good at seeing the big picture? Would you like to help steer the Association into the future? Members on this committee are term-limited, so SPC really needs some new members! (Chair: Deanna Snell, Calgary Zoo)
- Training works to increase institutional awareness of the importance of animal record keeping in zoos and aquariums. It manages the yearly scholarship to AZA’s Institutional Records Keeping course and oversees the ZRA Mentorship Program. (Co-Chairs: Donna Bear, Jacksonville Zoo, and Gloria Rivera, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
We look forward to working with all of you in the coming year!
ZRA Board of Directors