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Monday, April 1, 2013

President's Letter

We are already one month into spring, however, we are off to a slow start in the Pacific Northwest. On the other hand, ARPAS is off to a fast start on several major projects. I’ll take the chance to briefly highlight the membership on just some of these but ask that you read the other newsletter reports to get more details about the many other things going on with ARPAS. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Treasurer's Report

It is my pleasure to present this report on the financial status of ARPAS as of March 31, 2013; three month into our fiscal year. ARPAS continues on a healthy fiscal course. Year-to-date revenues from the Professional Animal Scientist exceed expenses by a comfortable margin. The other primary category of revenue for ARPAS is Membership Services which includes regular member dues and corporate sponsorship. To date revenues to our Membership Services lags behind our expectation as it stands at 88 percent our 2013 budget projection. This reduced membership revenue has become a trend over at least the last three years and the ARPAS Executive Council has attempted to contact those members who have unpaid dues for 2013. We understand that we currently have fewer animal science professionals throughout the various career fields than even just a few years ago, therefore we need your help to expand our membership. Please make certain that your 2013 dues have been paid and recruit a colleague to join our organization – certification exams can be arranged by contacting the ARPAS office.
Reserve funds for investment in both the ARPAS general account and the ARPAS Foundation account at Morgan Stanley are devoted approximately 75% for fixed income and 25% equity investments. Net portfolio values of assets in our Morgan Stanley accounts on March 31st were $312 K. This asset value remains approximately equal to our expenses for a one year period of time. After a sluggish investment climate over the last four years, it is a relief to report that our investments are reporting growth and healthy returns on asset value. I feel that ARPAS is blessed with a financial advisor who understands our investment goals and is able to make the most of our invested reserves. 
In all, we are in a very good financial position and are poised to maintain and expand our missions.

Carl Hunt, Treasurer

Monday, April 1, 2013

ARPAS Symposium – 2013 JAM Meeting

This year’s ARPAS Symposium at the ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Details on the meeting room will be available with the JAM program is published. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Important Notice – Schedule Change for Joint Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

The 2013 Joint ADSA-ASAS Annual Meeting will be held July 8-12, 2013 (Monday through Friday). The opening session will be held on Monday evening, July 8 and Sessions will kick off Tuesday morning, July 9, and run through Friday at Noon, July 12. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Did you know?

Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is made simple through the ARPAS website. Just log onto the site at www.arpas.org and click on "Submit CEUs." Not only is your CEU record instantly updated when you enter your meetings online, but the system also keeps a convenient submission history in case you wish to check your past entries. Don't see a meeting you want to report on the approved list? No problem! You can submit any meeting to be approved and posted on the list before you enter it online. Remember, sixteen (16) CEUs are required each year to maintain your registration and up to 16 CEUs can be carried over to the following year.

Categories: Reports, April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Please Renew Your ARPAS Membership for 2013

We are 1/3 of the way into 2013 and dues for this year are past due for approximately 136 members who have not renewed.

If you have retired and want to continue as an active member, you can establish an Emeritus Membership. It is available for ARPAS members who have retired and who are no longer practicing professional activities in Animal Science. CEUs are not required for Emeritus members. The annual membership fee for Emeritus members is $42.50 per year. 

Life Emeritus members may also elect to pay a one-time fee of only $255. 

Renew your emeritus membership online today at: https://secure.fass.org/dues.asp 

or download the printable form at:
http://www.arpas.org/EmeritusForm

Categories: Announcements, April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

ACAS Elections

Dr. Randy Shaver will be staying on for an extra year to fill the incoming President slot vacated by President-Elect Richard Reynnells.

The current nominations are as follows:

President-Elect:
Frank Owsley
Marit Arana

Secretary:
Dale Hill

Ballots will be going out to all ACAS members soon and you are encouraged to participate.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Report of the Washington DC Area Chapter of ARPAS

For the second half of 2012/2013, the Washington DC Area Chapter of ARPAS held three monthly luncheon meetings and the dates, speakers, and titles of their presentations were as follows:
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