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The Role of Branch Committees

Every committee established under the branch by-laws should include among its membership one (1) member of the branch executive who shall be the chairperson of the committee and shall be responsible for submitting a written report of the activities thereof to the executive at such time and in such manner as the executive may from time to time decide. Following are some suggested duties for specific branch committees.

Communications Committee

1. Membership

  1. President (ex officio);
  2. one (1) executive member to act as chairperson;
  3. at least three (3) other members of the branch.

2. Purpose

  1. to conduct public relations activities as directed by the executive or membership;
  2. to publish branch newsletters;
  3. to publicize general meetings of the membership;
  4. to compile reports to be distributed to all teachers for the Convention;
  5. to assist the communications officer in carrying out his/her duties in accordance with the branch by-laws.

Political Action Committee

1. Membership

  1. President (ex officio);
  2. one (1) member of the executive, appointed by the executive, to serve as chairperson;
  3. at least three (3) other members of the branch.

2. Purpose

  1. to organize programs and activities designed to encourage the branch to think and act politically on behalf of teachers and education;
  2. to establish ongoing contact with your MHA(s) and arrange opportunities to keep them informed on teachers’ concerns;
  3. to establish a school board monitoring system;
  4. to develop close liaison with like-minded groups in the community (Home and School Associations, service clubs, etc.).

Professional Development Committee

1. Membership

  1. President (ex officio);
  2. one (1) member of the executive, appointed by the executive, to serve as chairperson;
  3. at least three (3) other members of the branch.

2. Purpose

  1. to provide leadership to the branch in the area of professional development;
  2. to organize branch in-service day(s) in cooperation with other appropriate groups;
  3. to develop and maintain a professional development file at the branch level;
  4. to maintain liaison with NLTA head office and communicate through such channels the professional development needs of the branch;
  5. to maintain liaison with the school boards operating within the branch boundaries and become familiar with the in-service programs of the boards;
  6. to maintain liaison with special interest councils under the jurisdiction of the branch to develop avenues of co-operation and avoid possible duplication when serving the professional development needs of teachers;
  7. to assist in developing and organizing in-service sessions at workshops and/or branch meeting level;
  8. to contribute to the branch/board liaison on matters of professional interest.

Resolutions Committee

1. Membership

  1. President (ex officio);
  2. one (1) member of the executive, appointed by the executive, to serve as chairperson;
  3. at least three (3) other members of the branch.

Purpose

  1. to process resolutions to be submitted to a general branch meeting for ratification for submission by the branch to the Biennial General Meeting of the Association;
  2. to inform all branch members of the process for submitting resolutions to the BGM;
  3. to process resolutions to be submitted to the annual (or biennial) general meeting of the branch, if necessary.

Social Committee

1. Membership

  1. President (ex officio);
  2. one (1) member of the executive, appointed by the executive, to serve as chairperson;
  3. at least three (3) other members of the branch.

Purpose

  1. to provide refreshments at meetings as directed by the executive;
  2. to organize social events for the branch membership.

Other Committees

  1. Education Week
  2. Audit Committee
  3. Other Committees as required