NSPS - ACSM MERGER UPDATE
Since the meeting in Gaithersburg there have been some issues brought forth by the legal firm that is working on the merger between ACSM and NSPS that may push the merger past the desired date of December 31, 2011 and I wanted to keep everyone informed as to what is happening.
There are some issues that require action by the ACSM Congress before the merger process can be completed: (1) There are some differences between the ACSM Articles of Incorporation and the ACSM Bylaws that must be addressed, (2) ACSM needs to accept the 1962 DC Nonprofit Corporations Act that was never adopted by previous ACSM Boards, and (3) have the Congress vote on a merger resolution and approve a Plan of Merger.
After the ACSM Congress completes its work the Plan of Merger will be submitted for NSPS approval. Their issues can most likely be completed through a telephone conference meeting but it is unlikely that they will meet before the desired date of December 31, 2011.
As the proposed merger of ACSM and NSPS has had the desired date of December 31, 2011 for completion, NSPS has already filed some of the documents required to move staff from the ACSM corporation to the NSPS corporation. Since it appears that the merger will not be completed as expected, NSPS has agreed to become the employer of the current staff on January 1, 2012.
Also, NSPS has agreed to ”pay the normal monthly operating costs of ACSM and bill AAGS and GLIS for their respective portions of the costs, and will pay such normal operating costs until such time as we reach the April 2012 withdrawal deadline, or until the merger/dissolution of ACSM is achieved, and such monies paid would be considered an advance on monies owed by NSPS to ACSM for any services provided.”
NSPS hopes that the merger process with ACSM will be completed quickly. NSPS has also offered affiliation agreements to AAGS and GLIS, and has offered to continue to provide services to those organizations as ACSM has done in the past.
This is where we are with the process to create our unified geospatial organization. Sometimes we have to slow down to get to our goal but the final result will be worth our efforts.
Bill Coleman, PLS GISP