One of the fundamental strengths of our profession has been the vitality of strong, active state and regional
associations. These associations provide members with many professional development activities and opportunities
and generally are instrumental in forging the informal networks that exist throughout the country. State and
regional associations are enormously important for AACRAO and its members. AACRAO is committed to collaborating
with state and regional associations on all issues of mutual interest. Professional development activities are an
area of particular concern that are enhanced as a result of coordination and cooperation between AACRAO and state
and regional associations. AACRAO's Vice President for Leadership and Management Development and AACRAO's State
and Regional Relations Committee formulate and oversee AACRAO's linkages with state and regional associations.
The primary line of communication between AACRAO and the state and regional associations is through the
associations' presidents. Prior to each association's annual meeting the AACRAO Office will send a packet of
information for display, which will include the AACRAO Update, College and
University, publications catalogs, membership brochures, cups, pens, and a handful of new publications that
can be given away as door prizes. Presidents will be contacted several weeks before their meeting to determine
where and when the material should be sent.
Throughout the year, presidents may be asked to actively participate in AACRAO activities by:
- identifying regional or national issues or problems that may benefit from concentrated attention by AACRAO
through the Board of Directors, the AACRAO National Office, or the committee structure.
- responding to questions on policies and procedures posed to the associations by the AACRAO Board of
- recommending to the AACRAO Nominations and Elections Committee qualified members of their associations who
are interested in seeking election to AACRAO's Board of Directors or to the AACRAO Nominations and Election
- recommending qualified state and regional association members for appointment to AACRAO committees, task
forces, or other assignments.
- recommending outstanding state and regional program sessions, workshops, or other professional activities for
inclusion in a future AACRAO Annual Meeting, for export to other associations, or for consideration for the
AACRAO State/Regional Professional Activity Awards.
- participating in AACRAO government relations efforts.
The relationship between the state and regional association presidents and AACRAO is augmented by the Workshop
for State and Regional Association Officers that is scheduled in conjunction with the AACRAO Annual Meeting, by
visits to state and regional associations' annual meetings by individual members of AACRAO's Board of Directors
or professional staff of the AACRAO National Office, and by the activities of the State and Regional Relations
Committee. These and other formal and informal contacts between the officers of all of the associations are
intended to enhance communications between AACRAO and the state and regional associations and among the state and
regional associations themselves.
The basic goals of AACRAO and of the state and regional associations are the same:
- to enhance the profession, and
- to enhance the professional development of the individual members.
The associations and their members are well-served when strong cooperative and communicative links are developed
between and among all of the professional associations.