The Controller, after consulting with the President, shall impanel an Audit Committee of which the Controller shall be the chair. The Audit Committee shall include no directors and shall have access to all books and records of the Corporation, and shall check balances in the accounts of the Corporation with the statements of the Secretary-Treasurer. The result of the audit shall be reported at the closing session of each general meeting. The Controller may recommend to the general meeting of the Corporation any changes deemed by the Audit Committee to be necessary for safekeeping and accurate reporting of the resources of the Corporation, and, if the recommendations are adopted by vote of the active members present, they shall henceforward be binding on the Secretary-Treasurer and the Board of Directors.
The Awards Committee coordinates the distribution of information, solicitation of nominations, selection of recipients, and the awards presentations of all SWMOA awards including Operator of the Year and Plant of the Year.
The Bylaws Committee shall, as requested by the Board of Directors, the President, the membership, or on its own initiative, study problems concerning the Corporation’s Bylaws and Policies; interpret bylaw and policy questions; draft possible amendments to the Bylaws; and implement solutions to Bylaws-related problems. The Committee shall maintain an official text of the Bylaws incorporating all changes and shall verify as correct all published texts of the Bylaws.
The Finance Committee shall prepare and suggest for adoption by the Board of Directors plans for financing the activities of the Corporation and an annual budget to govern the operations of the Corporation. Modification of dues rates, alterations of financing plans, and budget amendments shall be reviewed by the Finance Committee, which shall submit them with accompanying recommendations to the Board of Directors for action.
The Legislative Committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors and, after obtaining the approval of the Board, institute programs (a) to disseminate information concerning legislation proposed for consideration in the Congress, in the State Legislatures, or by other governments affecting the interest of the Corporation; (b) prepare position papers on behalf of and for consideration by the Board and for presentation when appropriate to Legislative Committees on matters related to the interests and objectives of the Corporation; and (c) present legislative summaries to the general meetings.
The Membership Committee shall seek and review applications for membership in the three division of membership of the Corporation, and shall make membership recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Membership Committee shall seek to obtain the widest possible participation in the Corporation among qualified applicants.
At least three months prior to the annual meeting of the members for each year, a Nominating and Elections Committee shall be recommended by the Chairman for the approval of the Board of Directors. Such committee shall consist of at least one representative from each division of membership of the Corporation. At least one but no more than two members of this committee shall be appointed from the immediately preceding nominating committee. This committee shall remain as constituted until dissolved or until a new committee has been named as herein provided. The persons nominated may include any directors who have held or who currently hold office. If the Board of Directors fails for any reason to appoint the committee within the time specified, it shall be the duty of the President to appoint the committee. Prior to the annual organizational meeting of the Board, the committee shall meet and propose a slate of directors for the next year. The Nominating and Elections Committee shall solicit suggestions for candidates from the membership. The Committee shall propose a slate including at least one name of an active member who is qualified for each office known to be vacant and will provide for mail ballot and for a write-in mechanism to assure the broadest participation in the selection of the Board. The Nominating and Elections Committee shall conduct the election and close the polls, tally the votes, and announce the results of the election at an appropriate function of the Corporation, or if the election has been conducted by mail ballot, by publication of the certified results in the Corporation Newsletter.
OPERATOR CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE:
The Operator Certification Committee shall be responsible for developing and implementing programs for training of operators of membrane treatment facilities. The goal of this training program shall be certification of operators qualified in the desalination processes.
The Program Committee shall arrange for the general meetings as required of the Corporation, and the committee shall be responsible for the preparation of the programs. The Committee shall keep in mind the public interest in the objectives of the Corporation and the technical interests of the active members in the formulation of the programs. The Committee will collaborate with local officials as well as the in the coordination of general and international meetings and in presentation of reviews’ of ongoing activities of the Corporation.
The Publications/Newsletter Committee offers recommendations to the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of an association-wide publications program. The Publications Committee maintains a comprehensive and integrated view of SWMOA’s publications programs. Providing general oversight of the publications program on behalf of the Board of Directors, the committee makes recommendations on all programs related to the SWMOA Press, publishing and general communications at SWMOA.
The Publication/Newsletter Committee periodically publishes a newsletter through which the Board can inform members about Association affairs and provide notices as required in the governing documents. This committee is an extremely important. The newsletter can give either a good or bad impression to the homeowners about the neighborhood and its conduct of business. This is the face of the Association and of the Board. It may be the only interaction some homeowners will ever have with the Association. The Board reviews each issue of the newsletter before it is distributed. This helps to catch errors and language that could be misinterpreted, as well as less significant errors of grammar and punctuation.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE:
The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for developing and implementing programs which inform and educate the public as to the positive benefits of desalting and membrane processes.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER COMMITTEE:
The Technology Transfer Committee shall be responsible for generating and conducting programs of technology transfer designed to increase the knowledge of and interest in desalination, water reclamation and other fields of interest to the Corporation. The Committee may cooperate and collaborate with other corporations and organizations in its programs. The Committee shall endeavor to gain broad participation of members of the Corporation and any affiliated corporations in technology transfer activities.