NSPS ACSM Separation or Merger?
At the ACSM Congress meeting on July 13, 2011, the representatives to the Congress approved the following motion:
It is moved that in the interests of leading toward a viable single organization, the ACSM Congress be disbanded and the dissolution of ACSM begin and in conjunction with the process, ACSM turn over all operation, control, assets and liabilities to NSPS.
That the NSPS immediately proceed with a realignment into a unified organization made up of individual members with equitable representation that encompasses the broader definition of surveying to include professional surveyors, geodesists and other geospatial professionals; that the realigned organization adopt the following mission statement: “The mission of the organization shall be to represent and advance the sciences and disciplines of surveying, geodesy, cartography, and related fields through education and communication, in furtherance of public good.”; that the realigned organization adopt a structure similar to that of NSPS; that the realigned organization take immediate action(s) to reduce administrative costs; that the realigned organization immediately develop a plan to attract new members in all of the disciplines of surveying, geodesy, cartography and related fields, and develop a marketing strategy.
In response to this motion, the Presidents of the three Member Organizations are prepared to work diligently to create this new “unified organization”. Already the process has begun to appoint members from all MO’s to a new Strategic Planning Committee to conduct a Financial Operational Analysis of the organization, including review and recommendation of Membership Categories and Rates. Shortly, we will charge committees to review and recommend member benefits, and develop a marketing plan for our “new” organization.
There are going to be unknown challenges in creating this new organization, but with each other’s trust and determination we can succeed and create an organization that will reach out to all members of what is called the “geospatial” community: Licensed and non-licensed, boundary surveyors and construction surveyors, geodetic surveyors and mapping surveyors, GIS specialists and photogrammetrists, machine control and LiDAR specialists, cartographers and drafters, and any other related disciplines.
We ask your support and continued involvement in making this an organization that will grow and represent all of us in the future.
William R. Coleman, President - NSPS
Curtis L. Smith, President - AAGS
Coleen M. Johnson, President - GLIS