Michigan Mosquito Control Association
PO Box 366, Bay City, MI 48707
office (989) 894-4555 | fax (989) 894-0526
Happy New Year to all! As we say goodbye to 2016, I am hopeful that 2017 will be a year of great progress for the MMCA. It has been 30 years since the MMCA was founded, and the organization continues moving in a great direction. However, I am not leaving the organization in any better shape than it was in before I took the president’s position. You might be thinking, “what? is he saying he didn’t do a good job? Did he do anything at all?” Please let me explain. “I” am not the reason for the success of the organization. The success of the MMCA is completely dependent upon an active membership, and the dedicated professionals that volunteer to serve as officers, board members, and committee members. Many of the professionals serving in these positions volunteer to help every year, and have a great passion for promoting advancements in mosquito control, educating the future mosquito control workforce, and making the public aware of the critical importance of mosquito control. I have personally learned a great deal about mosquito control, IMM, and the challenges faced by both public and private mosquito control providers through this great group of people. This is my final president’s message and I would like to extend thanks to all of you for helping to make the MMCA one of the best mosquito control associations in the country.
This past year had its challenges and successes. 2016 brought another long field season, stretching our budgets, and straining our staff. These long field seasons also bring about greater risk for arbovirus transmission much later in the year, which we saw unfortunately with West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2016. Longer field seasons also bring about discussions about the potential impacts of climate change. Will Michigan’s climate be more conducive to emerging mosquito species or emerging arboviruses in the U.S.? To that end, the MMCA has partnered with local and state public health organizations to help train and guide them in conducting surveillance for potential Zika virus vectors. This partnership has been extremely successful, with eight county health departments participating in 2016, and IMM being practiced in several new jurisdictions based upon the surveillance data. This partnership will continue in 2017, with an expansion to 20+ counties conducting surveillance.
The MMCA 7F Training Committee and many volunteers went above and beyond this year with another successful event. This training is a huge endeavor, and has been important in helping to grow the MMCA. Over 80 people attended the training this year, which promotes IMM and gives hands-on examples for experienced and inexperienced 7F applicators. Various other committees have been busy planning the annual MMCA Conference in Port Huron, February 1-2, and it’s bound to be another great year of networking and the newest science. Other successes include MMCA’s participation in the Michigan Pollinator Protection Plan drafting process, and in the American Mosquito Control Association’s Washington Day Conference. Both of these endeavors help the MMCA to engage policy makers in promoting mosquito control as a science-based practice that positively impacts communities, and protects the public health in an environmentally sensitive way.
One more thing, please get involved! If you haven’t ever
volunteered for a MMCA committee, give it a shot, there will be
opportunity to sign-up at the annual conference. You’ll find
that the experience and networking it provides are invaluable,
and you’ll also be helping out a great organization. I want to
thank all of you for the support you’ve provided me over the
past year, and the opportunity to serve as president. I am
confident that 2017 will be another year of progress and
achievements for the MMCA. Best of luck to the incoming board
and the new President Bill Stanuszek, he’s been there before and
we are in good hands.