SAMSOG Education Foundation

A 501c3 Charitable Organization
Operated by the Surveying and Mapping
Society of Georgia

P.O. Box 778 - Douglasville, GA  30133
(770) 947-1767

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The SAMSOG Education Foundation, Inc. exists to provide financial and other types of support to land surveying students and land surveying education programs throughout the State of Georgia and to enhance and promote the profession of Land Surveying by educating students and the general public about the profession. 


Foundation News

April 2019 - SAMSOG President, Dan Collins, announces the appointment of additional trustees to the board of directors for SAMSEF.  We welcome the following new members to the board (subject to SAMSOG Board approval) :

March 2019 - SAMSEF announces the creation of a dedicated email account for the foundation.  In order to prevent confusion going forward, all correspondence with the foundation should be directed to .   This email address will be monitored by our executive director, Ginger Jones, as well as trustee members.  You will responded to by the appropriate party based on your request.

March 2019 - SAMSEF holds a quarterly meeting at the offices of GeoSurvey, Ltd. in Marietta, GA.  Many topics were discussed at this meeting, including the addition of new board members and other important topics.

February 2019 - SAMSEF announces that SAMSOG sustaining member Construction Laser ( has generously agreed to donate an item for our 2019 fundraiser raffle. Construction Laser will be donating a GeoMax Zenith 35 GPS Rover and Carlson Tablet loaded with SurveyCE software valued at $ 15,000.00.

January 2019 - SAMSEF concludes another successful fundraiser raffle at the 2019 SAMSOG Annual Technical Seminar.  Thanks to Deaton Geo-Tronics ( for their generous donation of a Sokkia GCS-3 Network Rover Kit and HC-5000 Tablet Computer.   This donation enabled SAMSEF to raise almost $ 5,000.00 to go towards our scholarship programs!

April 2015 -  SAMSEF held its first annual fundraiser event - the 1st Annual SAMSEF Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Ocmulgee River Gun Club in Macon GA.  The event was a great success and proved that many land surveyors throughout our state support the efforts of our foundation.   All proceeds after expenses went to benefit the foundation.

Jan 2015 - Champion Instruments donates new total station surveying instrument to the foundation for fundraising efforts.  The foundation plans to sell tickets for $20.00 each and hold a drawing at the 2015 Annual Summer Meeting for SAMSOG in Jekyll Island.

Oct 2014 - After years of meetings, paperwork, and determination, the SAMSOG Education Foundation finally gained status as a 501c3 charitable organization.   Those wishing to support education for future land surveyors and land surveying programs finally can make tax deductible donations!

Jan 2014 - The SAMSOG Education Foundation holds its inaugural meeting of the initial board of trustees.  Many issues were handled during this meeting, including hiring Ginger Jones as Executive Director, adopting by-laws, and electing officers.



The SAMSOG Education Foundation as created by The Surveying and Mapping Society of GA to provide a tax deductible mechanism for donations of money and other gifts to support the land surveying profession in GA.   The SAMSOG Education Foundation is an approved 501c3 foundation and is directly managed by a board of trustees that are also members of the Surveying and Mapping Society of GA.   Your contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible and will go directly to assist students and education programs related to land surveying in Georgia.

Help SAMSEF spread the word about or organization by downloading this printable brochure to share with your land surveying constituents..



Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for The SAMSOG Education Foundation (SAMSEF) is comprised of five SAMSOG Members.  All five initial members were appointed by SAMSOG President Frank Gaddy in 2013, following the rules for appointment as outlined in the bylaws for the organization.  The current Board of Trustees for 2019-2020 are:


Trenton D. Turk, LS
GeoSurvey, Ltd.
1660 Barnes Mill Road
Marietta, GA 30062
770-795-9900 x 114

Vice Chairman


Byron Freeman, LS
Platinum Geomatics
5039 B U Bowman Drive
Suite 400
Buford, GA  30518

Immediate Past Chairman

Greg Johnson, LS, PE
Consulting Engineering / Surveying 
11247 Big Canoe - 570 Cherokee Trail 
Jasper, GA 30143


James M. Anderson
James M. Anderson and Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 894
Statesboro, GA 30459

Scholarships Committee Chair

Bobby Long, LS
Georgia Power Company
BIN 10151
241 Ralph McGill Blvd
Atlanta, GA  30308

(Please use for all scholarship related communications)

Scholarships Committee

Craig A. Baines
GeoSurvey, Ltd.
1660 Barnes Mill Road
Marietta, GA  30062

(Please use for all scholarship related communications)

Executive Director

Ginger Jones
P.O. Box 778
Douglasville, GA 30133


SAMSOG President 
Ex-Officio Member



Mr. Dan Collins, LS
Land Engineering, Inc.
1601 South Zack Hinton Hwy
McDonough, GA  30253


Mitchell E. Paulk, PE, LS
Land Engineering, Inc.
1601 South Zack Hinton Hwy
McDonough, GA  30253



Jefferson (Jeff) W. Keefe
Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc.
P.O. Box 4748
Columbus, GA  31914



J. Seth Perdue
Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc.
P.O. Box 4748
Columbus, GA  31914

 Trustee (Sustaining)

Mr. Tracy Foran
Trimble, Inc.




Foundation Support Opportunities

SAMSEF offers the following opportunities to those wishing to support the efforts of the foundation:

Point of Commencement Founding Benefactor (closed) $5,000.00 donation
The first 15 individuals or entities that donated $5,000.00 to the foundation are the founding benefactors of the foundation.  They receive permanent recognition on future printed material, publicity material, and the foundation website in consideration for their generous donation.  They also receive two spots at the annual fund-raising event (Sporting Clays Tournament) along with recognition on printed material for the event for two years.  All donors are listed at the bottom of this page.  This donation level is now closed.

Benchmark Supporter $1000.00 per year
All individuals or entities that commit to donating $1000.00 annually will be recognized on the foundation website as a "Benchmark Supporter" of the foundation.  A certificate recognizing the donation will be provided to the donor.  Two spots at the annual fund-raising event (Sporting Clays Tournament) will also be provided, along with recognition on printed material.

Monument Supporter $500.00 per year
All individuals or entities that commit to donating $500.00 annually will be recognized on the foundation website as a "Monument Supporter" of the foundation.  One spot at the annual fund-raising event (Sporting Clays Tournament) will also be provided.

Foundation Supporter $250.00 per year
All individuals or entities that commit to donating $250.00 annually will be recognized on the foundation website as a "Foundation Supporter" of the foundation. 

The foundation also welcomes one-time contributions of any amount and accepts non-financial donations such as land, vehicles, or other items of value.  

Sustaining Supporter $750.00 per year
Any company or corporation providing equipment, supplies, or other services to the land surveying community that commits to donating $750.00 per year will be recognized as a "Sustaining Supporter" of the foundation.  A certificate, along with recognition and logo placement will be provided on the foundation website, printed material, and publicity material.  



Foundation Scholarships and Programs

Please Note:  All communications regarding SAMSEF Scholarships should be directed to   

Forms below should be filled out at attached to your email if you are applying for one of our scholarships.

Ben W. Fortson Scholarship Fund

SAMSEF manages the Ben W. Fortson Scholarship fund.  This fund was established in 1980 by SAMSOG and is named in memory of Ben W. Fortson.  Ben W. Fortson was a longtime and devoted Secretary of State and Surveyor General for the State of GA.  This scholarship is primarily devoted to benefit those students pursuing their degree in land surveying.

Through the years, this fund has benefited many students with financial assistance as they endeavored to further educate themselves in land surveying.  

Application form for the Ben W. Fortson Scholarship

SAMSEF Technical Scholarship Fund


The Surveying and Mapping Society Educational Foundation (SAMSEF) established the SAMSEF TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP in 2015, in memory and/or honor of those dedicated surveyors in Georgia who have pursued a lifelong commitment to learning and serving the public in the highest of professional services in surveying and mapping.


The SAMEF TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP was established to financially assist students pursuing education in the land surveying profession but are not enrolled in a formal associate or bachelor degree program related to the profession.


Application form for the SAMSEF Technical Scholarship




Foundation Supporters

Point of Commencement Legacy Founding Benefactors

Gaskins Surveying and Engineering
Brandon Hutchins

GeoSurvey, Ltd.
Trent Turk & Jamey Coleman

Carlton Rakestraw & Associates
Carlton Rakestraw

Joseph R. Evans, RLS 2168

James M. Anderson & Associates
Jim Anderson

Point of Commencement Founding Benefactors

Gaddy Surveying and Design, Inc.
Frank Gaddy

Champion Instruments
Lonnie Sears

Georgia Land Surveying
Josh Lewis, III

Croy Engineering
Jim Croy

Duncan Parnell 
Mark Russell

Earl Dudley and Associates
Earl Dudley

Optical Engineering
Pete DaChuck

Georgia Power Company

UtiliSurvey, LLC
Hans Wonneberger

S. Nelson & Associates, Inc.
Steve Nelson

Shupe Surveying Company, P.C.
Bobby Shupe

Benchmark Supporters


Monument Supporters

Michael Greg Johnson, LS, PE

 Foundation Supporters


Sustaining Supporters



Foundation Events

SAMSEF has multiple fund raising events throughout the year to assist with raising funds for the foundation.  Check the front page of frequently for information for the next event.


Foundation History



Foundation Meeting Minutes and Bylaws

Meeting Minutes

            January 23, 2014

            May 30, 2014

            September 30, 2014

            December 16, 2014

 Foundation Bylaws