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A New Year!
Exciting Times Ahead!
By Martyn B. Hopper
Executive Vice President
We are beginning a new year at PCOC; our new fiscal year begins
July 1. We have a new President, who was sworn in at the banquet at
Expo 2015 in Monterey. We also have a set of brand new and exciting
challenges ahead of us...and I mean all of US. Let me explain a couple
On the legislative front, PCOC has
become a well-recognized lobbying force
in the Capitol. We have built up our lobbying team over the last several years to
be a powerful and credible source of information about the pest control industry in
California. We have very articulate members
who testify on issues affecting our industry.
Our Leg Day 2015 was the best attended,
at least within the last eight years that I've
been around. However, we have our work
cut out for us as we move forward. There
are interest groups lobbying legislators to
ban pesticides; there is a proposal to enact
a sales tax on services. We need to be ready,
and we need to be strong on the legislative
front which means building up our Political
Action Committee, PAC. In fact, it means
doubling its resources over the year ahead.
The PCOC website, PCOC.org, was
completely updated and reorganized last
year. It is now truly a valuable tool and a
useful source of information for our members, potential members, consumers and the
media. There is a huge amount of interactive
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content now on our website. This project was
years in the making, and it is now a huge
asset to our association. As we move forward, however, there is more to be done. We
are going to be rolling out a CE component
which will be trackable by your individual
membership. We are increasing the number
of CE classes that you can take online. Our
goal is to make PCOC.org THE go to place
for pest control in California!
My third example of a challenge we face
is securing the future of PCOC. Our association is built around 19 districts. We have a
very strong history of grassroots activism.
Some members participate in our committee meetings and chair these meetings on
a state level. Some members are elected to
one of our statewide offices, including to the
Executive Committee. We need to make sure
that the strength of this system is protected
over the next five to ten years. Our ongoing
challenge is to identify talented individuals
who can participate in the life of association.
Who can lead PCOC through the next five
to ten years?
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
PCOC - Summer 2015