PCOC - Summer 2015 - (Page 9)

martyn's Corner 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 of them: 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 www.pcoc.org / Summer 2015 9 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? http://pcoc.org/ http://pcoc.org/ http://pcoc.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Presidential Profile
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
Federal Update
Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
Advertiser.com

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