Programs of the International Cockatiel Association
International Cockatiel Association Structure
- Why was the ICA Formed?
- The ICA was formed out of a need to educate pet, breeders, and exhibitors both nationally in the United States and abroad on the continent of Europe. The biggest experts of the ICA have joined together to make broad statements regarding the care of the cockatiel. The ICA in the United States has started a pilot program for educational certification. The certification program will grow as the Association grows.
- Is the ICA just like the other American Cockatiel Societies?
- The ICA supports all organizations who educate their members and the public on the education of cockatiels. Many of the societies before ICA were born out of the exhibition of the cockatiel. The ICA supports the ethical exhibition of the cockatiel but wishes to support all bird owners. We also hope to find a standard of the cockatiel that emphasizes a well proportioned bird that can be obtained through careful breeding of breeding stock without the absolute need to compare our birds against others. The ICA holds themselves as an education association, not a cockatiel society. We also are an international group with experts spanning the globe. Our experts not are picked for their work with the cockatiel, not a status within any society or association. The ICA stands for the education of the cockatiel by any organization and we hope to facilitate this education by using traditional and emerging technologies. We thrive to be a society based on a House of Delegates who will start the dialog to become the oversight organization of other societies around the world.
- How does the ICA function?
- The United States Executive Committee was form and then, for one time only, the House of Delegates was assigned by the Executive Committee. The Executive Commitee works at the pleasure of the House of Delegates who meets twice a year to discuss the direction of the Association. Unlike membership societies that have general eletions, members elect their delegates for their states which then choose the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The committee assigns a Chairman of the Board each year to run the meetings of the executive committee. Each committee member has a four year term.
- How does the House of Delegates meet?
- The House of Delegates will meet online virtually through a series of technologies that will encourage discussions of not only the direction of the ICA but the direction of education of the cockatiels into the future.
- Can anyone join the ICA? What are member benefits?
- Yes, anyone can join the International Cockatiel Association. Anyone from any country from any state or province. Members can join in a variety of ways and have a variety of benefits. Membership dues is low because we don’t hold expensive meetings and shows that drain our treasury. Our treasury is used exclusively to run the administrative end of the ICA, give to worthwhile non profit causes, and build our educational programs. Members will get a members only section to our website, discounts on certification and educational programs, and access to high quality bird bands.