COCA Standing Committees

October 4, 2005

COCA Standing Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of co-chairs, secretary, (Board Members), and four (4) Council members who serve as alternates. The purpose of the Executive Committee shall be:

  1. To assist co-chairs in overseeing general operations of the Council;
  2. To assist co-chair in the selection of Liaison assignments to AUCD committees, work groups, and task forces based upon a consumer interest survey;
  3. To serve as a needs assessment committee for future training assistance;
  4. To make recommendations for appointments to vacancies in unexpired positions;
  5. To provide a formal mechanism through which recommendations regarding council business may be made to the Consumer Council membership.

Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall consist of a Chairperson appointed by the Co-Chairs and no more than four other Council members. The purpose of the Nominating Committee shall be to solicit, accept and review information from potential candidates and make recommendations to the Council regarding potential candidates.

Conference/Training Committee

The Conference/Training Committee shall consist of a Chairperson appointed by the Co-Chairs and no more than four other Council members. The purpose of this committee shall be to advise and assist co-chairs in:

  1. Planning the annual meeting;
  2. Setting the agenda for membership meetings;
  3. Identifying needed assistance and training by council membership;
  4. Facilitating Council involvement in plenary and workshop sessions at the Annual AUCD meeting; and
  5. Assisting co-chairs in development of materials and planning for such sessions and workshops.

Legislative Committee
The Legislative Committee shall consist of a Chairperson appointed by the Co-Chairs and council members. The purpose of this committee shall be to advise and assist Co-Chairs and the Liaison to AUCD Legislative Affairs Committee by:

  1. Developing a legislative agenda to be present to the Consumer Council at the Annual AUCD meeting;
  2. Voicing the Council's input into other legislative agendas; and
  3. Facilitating consumer advocacy in legislative affairs.

Guidelines for Standing Committee Activities

  • Meet as appropriate, but no less than two times a year in conjunction with AUCD meetings and/or via conference calls.
  • Submit brief minutes of committee meetings to Consumer Council Co-Chair at least 60 days prior to Spring and Fall Council meetings. Include meeting date, group members present, and major outcomes.
  • Develop plan to address committee purpose, including timelines; implement plan.
  • Whenever appropriate, obtain input into committee activities from general Consumer Council membership through meetings and/or written survey/response.
  • Coordinate dissemination of all written correspondence to general Consumer Council membership through Co-Chairs prior to distribution of material.
  • Submit formal committee recommendations, in writing, to Executive Committee at least 60 days prior to Spring and Fall Council meetings to distribute with meeting agenda. Present recommendations at Consumer Council meetings to obtain approval from general Consumer Council membership. When deadlines do not permit use of meetings to obtain approval of formal committee recommendations, alternative procedures for approval of recommendations will be determined by the Consumer Council Executive Committee.
  • Present an update of committee activities at each Council meeting.