For the first time, many of the 2009-2010 APECS council had the chance to meet in person, get to know each other, and talk about APECS. The first major topic of conversation was communication within APECS; new/improved initiatives (simple email addresses, revised newsletter, frequently posted meeting minutes) were noted to have been beneficial. But, there is still more that can be done to foster a closer community within the Council, for example by establishing/revitalizing some national committees and establish a “Council Rep.” This will be discussed in the next Council call. We also discussed how to make involvement within APECS more accessible to individual members, how to keep the website vital, and a couple promising future projects such as a new members’ guide to APECS, more opportunities to publish a variety of work, and APECS funding opportunities. The full meeting minutes are available on the Council page – don’t hesitate contact us with comments/questions or to get more involved.