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Dear ACE Members,

The ACE Board of Directors has unanimously approved important changes to the ACE Constitution. These changes now require a vote of the ACE membership. This notice is required to provide you with a 30-day notice before voting opens on Wednesday, December 16. It will remain open for one week.

While there are some minor editorial corrections in the document, found here, there are three other important changes, one which you have already learned about, changing the name of our Special Interest Groups to Learning Communities.

A second change is adding a Development Fund Officer to the ACE Board of Directors. This ex-officio, non-voting member of the board stems from the board’s discussion that dates back to our last vote on constitutional changes – in February, 2012 – changing our director positions to those which fit the needs of you, our members, better. Even then, the board felt strongly that a development director was an important asset to the organization, and this addition now will help strengthen our professional development offerings. This new position would be for a three-year term.

The development fund officer will chair the development fund committee, advise the annual conference committee, and set guidelines and recommendations for sponsorship, grants, and giving opportunities.

The final change focuses on preserving our archives. The board approved changing the name from archivist to curator, and the ACE board will recruit and appoint an ACE curator whose duty it will be to maintain and share with the membership the archives of ACE. This position would be for a three-year term.

During this required 30-day notice before asking for a vote, I would welcome questions or comments on behalf of the ACE Board of Directors. Please contact me at by Friday, December 11.


Brad Beckman
ACE President

Communications Director, Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has a job opening for a Communications Director. The Communications Director supports both the research and professional development aspects of the program. The Communications Program is developed and operated under the direction of the WSARE Administrative Council and will report to the WSARE Administrative Council. However, the Communication Director operates independently and maintains programmatic control and discretion over how the work is carried out.

Please find the complete description here.

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