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Message from ARNOVA President, Angela Eikenberry

Friday, August 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
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ARNOVA Board of Directors Update

Dear ARNOVA members,


It’s been an interesting and challenging past few months to say the least. I hope you are staying well. When I started as ARNOVA’s president a year and a half ago, I never imagined I’d be part of a process to find a new executive director in year one, and then respond to a pandemic in year two. I am extremely grateful to the ARNOVA Executive Director, staff, Board, and many, many volunteers who have helped to keep ARNOVA not only surviving, but thriving, during this time.


Not being able to meet in person this summer, the board adapted our typical summer planning retreat into a set of virtual meetings and online discussions to address business and do a bit of planning and brainstorming. I wanted to share with you some highlights and key decisions:


·As you are well aware of by now, we voted to move the November conference to be entirely virtual this year. We’re excited at the opportunities a virtual conference holds and experimenting with virtual components we might be able to maintain into the future. I am looking forward to seeing you all online!


·The Board reviewed and accepted the 2019 audit. The auditors gave an unqualified audit opinion that ARNOVA follows generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are free of material error. There were no problems or corrections. Further, there were no adjustments to the financial statements, which is rare. Overall, even with a significant transition in 2019, the auditors were very pleased with the operations and management of the audit process.


·We are in the process of re-negotiating the NVSQ contract with Sage this year. The Board received an update on this process, which is being led by our esteemed Executive Director, Lynnette Cook, with support from the Publications Committee and a publications contract consultant.


·The Board considered and discussed multiple drafts of an Anti-Harassment Policy prepared by the Anti-Harassment Task Force. My hope is that after review by legal counsel, the Board will be able vote to approve this policy in the coming months.


·The Board voted to adopt a report submitted by the Environmental Sustainability Task Force, which provides guidance on sustainability practices for the association and reducing carbon emissions, particularly as it relates to the November annual conference.  In fact, many of their short-term suggestions were already made necessary due to our transition to a virtual conference.  We will be working further on ways for ARNOVA to be more environmentally sustainable.


· The Board approved a new section: Data and Analytics. We also had a lengthy discussion of the role of Sections and CIGs, particularly in the context of growth of ARNOVA. The Membership Committee will be considering this discussion in upcoming committee deliberations and possibly bringing back recommendations for changes to the ARNOVA Board Policy Manual .


· The Board discussed its continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ways to further help ARNOVA to become an anti-racist organization. We discussed ongoing steps towards this goal and will be working further on this in the coming months. See our statement about reaffirming our values in response to the murder of George Floyd and recent protests.


·Finally, we have made good progress on organizing for the 50th Anniversary, taking place next year, but have now slowed down a bit due to COVID-19. The Board discussed the following timeline for 50th Anniversary celebrations: We will kick off the 50th Anniversary year in November 2021 in Atlanta, hold events/recognize the 50th throughout the following year, and culminate with a celebration at the November 2022 conference in Raleigh. Stay tuned for more on the 50th Anniversary in the coming months.


Stay safe and see you in November!


Angela Eikenberry
Board President, ARNOVA

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