Hope your Holidays were filled with good cheer and hope for the New Year. There are a couple of conferences coming up for consideration. On January 25
the Fresno State GME Conference.
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. This conference is put on by the students and always has a great program with good topics and of course, on Friday night they have the traditional Bull Dog Race and GME auction. My personal favorite for that night is handing out CLSA Foundation Scholarships. it is not uncommon for the Foundation to give over $50,000 throughout the evening thanks to wonderful support from our surveying community.
The other conference you won’t want to miss is our joint conference with NALS on March 23rd to the 26th at the Silver Legacy in Reno. Our traditional Bowling tournament will be on Saturday after the workshop which never requires expert bowlers to participate. The important thing is to have fun and fellowship. Monday evening there will be a live auction with Lightning Williams where the proceeds go to the Foundation to support scholarships.
If you are a victim of the fires then be sure to apply for the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WFPS) Scholarship and Relief Fund. This fund is set up to assist those in the land surveying community that have been affected by natural disasters. Remember you only need to be employed or associated with the profession. Also, please consider contributing to this fund.
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Also, National Surveyors Week 2019 is March 17-23 so its time to begin requesting proclamations within your City and County. Don’t forget to reach out to your Service Clubs, Chambers, Scout Groups, etc. Write articles in your local papers and newsletters.
What a year as your President! It was filled with ups and downs but overall, I enjoyed the ride. Thank you for allowing me to serve in this capacity. It was a privilege to give back to a wonderful profession that has given me so much. During this time I was able to meet many dedicated individuals while participating with other organizations at their functions. I have gained so much from the experience.
Before I conclude, I would be remiss for not thanking all those who served as Chairs and Liaisons who volunteered their time and efforts for this organization. If I started listing I know I will forget somebody but I have to give a huge shout out to John Tosto who was the point man for organizing a successful campaign to occupy benchmarks in California. To Kevin Hills and Bill Hofferber for heading up our participation at the California Schools Counselors Conference in Riverside -- this should pay huge dividends in the future and hopefully we will continue the effort. Also to Roger Hanlin who has begun the groundwork for the foundation of establishing e-Chapters.
I look forward in anticipation as Annette Hovorka becomes this year’s President knowing that we will advance in a positive direction, doing what is best for our Membership, Association, and the Profession.
CLSA President 2018