IECA International Erosion Control Association News DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE YourAssociation —Where AreWeGoing? CHANGES ARE AFOOT IN THE AS-sociation. With the membership’s approv-al, and this is yet to be sought, we will be “regionalising” within two years. This message is a first step in bringing the possi-bility of this to your attention. We will con-sult with you in detail before any changes occur. Nothing will happen without your approval through a ballot. As long ago as the IECA Annual Con-ference in Atlanta, GA, in 1995, past IECA President Doug Wimble and I brought forward the idea that the associa-tion needed to do more to become truly international in nature. We led consider-able discussion in the following years. However, it was not until 2006, when the topic was taken up by the International Development Committee (IDC) under Julie Etra’s leadership as chair, that things really got moving. In short, we wanted to see a truly inter-national association that was all-inclusive of members, without the North American membership losing any of its current benefits. After all, North Americans com-prise the vast majority of the association members, and we do not wish to alienate any of them. Membership Survey Consequently, in June 2007, we surveyed the membership to see what they felt 8 EROSION CONTROL WWW.EROSIONCONTROL.COM about where we were at as an association and where we were going in this regard. Ten questions were canvassed. One of the questions had to do with whether you considered IECA as being “a North Amer-ican association with members outside North America whose unique needs are served through local chapters or develop-ing affiliate relationships with erosion and sediment control organizations in other countries.” Most of you who responded said “yes” to this key question. From other questions, it also became clear that you wanted to “expand mem-YOUR VOTE MATTERS! IECA members: Be sure to vote in the Board of Directors election by November 2010. You can read about the candidates and vote on-line at http://www.ieca.org or call 303-640-7554 to request a ballot. Your participation in this process is what makes it work. We need your help in identifying those IECA members whose extensive industry and volunteer experience, as well as outstanding leadership skills, would best enhance the IECA Board. Be sure to visit the web site by Novem-ber to cast your vote! Director's Message Annual Conference People& Programs Member Spotlight Rick Morse, CPESC, CPSS, is on the IECA Board of Directors, the International Development Committee, and serves as international associate editor for Environ-mental Connection magazine. bership around the world to have a greater network of colleagues” and to find “more ways for members to share expertise and network.” Most importantly, you said that the “IECA should be a global association with membership spread equally over many re-gions, with the board of directors made up of representatives of those regions, with each representative being elected from his or her region. Further, face-to-face meet-ings should be rotated between regions. The organization should have a preemi-nent brand and role in education, quality, and advocacy around the world.” The IDC has worked very hard to develop ideas as to how this might come to fruition since the results of the survey were released.