Technical Conference Committee

The Technical Conference Committee oversees the education conference at the Irrigation Show. The committee:

  • Develops policies related to the annual technical sessions.
  • Solicits and reviews presentation abstracts.
  • Works to add value for conference attendees.

Members of this committee serve a maximum of a two-year term; the chair and vice-chair serve one year in each leadership position.

Role of committee members:
  • Understand the nature and scope of work assigned by the board of directors.
  • Learn committee objectives and goals.
  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Offer unbiased recommendations and work for the good of the organization and membership.
  • Respond to communications from chair and staff liaison in a timely manner.
  • Provide input to IA staff and committee leadership upon request.
  • Recuse themselves when their company’s mission is in direct conflict with the focus of the committee.
  • Review supplied materials for discussion (if any) prior to meetings or conference calls.
  • Seek guidance and direction from committee chair.
  • Report to committee chair.
  • Responsible for expenses to attend meetings.
Vice-chair responsibilities:
  • Provide assistance to committee chair.
  • Take notes during committee meetings.
  • Provide leadership and direction to committee on area of expertise (agricultural or landscape irrigation).
  • Participate in monthly call with chair, staff liaison and board liaison.
Chair responsibilities:
  • Lead all meetings of the government affairs committee.
  • Set agenda for committee meetings, with the assistance of vice-chair and staff liaison.
  • Participate in monthly call with vice-chair, staff liaison and board liaison.
Desired skills and characteristics:
  • High ethical standards
  • Willingness to share opinions openly with colleagues
  • Makes a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work
  • Familiarity with best management practices
  • Attention to deadlines
  • Experience on a volunteer board or committee such as a civic association, PTA, homeowners’ association, etc. preferred