The mission of OIR is to:
OIR is charged with optimizing interactions between APS and the diverse industries related to plant disease management. OIR will assist APS with regular review of the Sustaining Associates program, so as to optimize the benefits for both APS and the Sustaining Associates members. OIR shall provide interaction with OPRO, OIP, Public Policy Board and Foundation for issues where dialog among these Offices will benefit each other or APS. OIR shall provide a forum for discussion of Issues that impact commercial management of plant diseases.
To carry out its responsibilities, the OIR shall be comprised of the following:
The Director and each OIR member shall serve three-year terms. The director is appointed by Council. Members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The OIR Director shall convey to Council nominees for Director of the OIR based on input from the current committee members or from various constituencies within APS. The terms for OIR members should be staggered.
General Responsibilities of the Director
The Director shall lead the OIR and APS Headquarters staff with establishment of priority issues of mutual benefit or concern for APS and the diverse Industries associated with managing plant diseases. The Director shall serve as the primary contact for APS on issues relating to communications. The Director prepares and submits reports to the Internal Communications Officer of APS on request. Coordinates and submits reports from any sub committees as well.
The Director shall appoint an official note taker at each meeting of the OIR. That individual will provide their draft to the director to be disseminated, approved, and archived.
The Director shall represent OIR at APS Council meetings as requested and interact with the APS Executive Committee as necessary. The Director may appoint or disband subcommittees as needed to facilitate execution of OIR responsibilities. The OIR Director must be an APS member.
General Responsibilities of OIR Members
The OIR shall meet once at the APS annual meeting to make programmatic and financial decisions. However, planning, decision-making, and program execution occur on a daily, year-round basis. OIR members are expected to participate actively in regular discussions and to respond in a timely manner to requests for information or opinion by the OIR Director or APS staff.
OIR Members shall be proactive in bringing issues to the attention of the OIR and in pursuing opportunities to increase the positive interactions between of APS Membership and the diverse Industries that manage plant diseases. OIR members must be current APS members.
General Responsibilities of the Sustaining Associate Chair
The Sustaining Associates Chair will lead the development and fine-tune the Sustaining Associates Program as set forth in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the society and in the Bylaws of the Constitution, so that it benefits both the Sustaining Associates and APS. This chair will coordinate and ensure regular reporting of its activities to the Director of OIR.