NYSAPLS 54th a Success

The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, New York was the meeting site for 700 surveyors, vendors, visitors and guests at the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors’ 54th Annual Conference and Exhibition.  Director of Operations Amber Anderson, with the support of the NYSAPLS Conference Committee, chaired by Ken Stigner, orchestrated the three day event; which saw 34 continuing education courses given by 24 speakers from across the nation.  An interesting addition to the conference was several one hour CEU classes on technical items given by the exhibitors in the exhibition hall at random times throughout the day.  

A welcome reception with the exhibitors was held Wednesday evening.  This annual event provides a lengthy opportunity for the attendees to mingle with the exhibitors and discuss their wares without interference from CEU events.  It provides a wonderful time for networking and enjoying the surveyors from the other ends of the state whom most attendees see only once a year.

Guests at the annual Gala Banquet enjoyed hearing from NYSAPLS President Steve Boddecker and NSPS President Robert Dahn.  The live auction at the banquet generated $9,250 for the Shaw Scholarship Fund.  But the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Hartnett.  Licensed since 1959, Hartnett has made many contributions to the surveying profession over his distinguished career, including being the founder of one of the NYSAPLS chapters.  With him to receive the honor was his wife of 60 years, Lois.

The 55th NYSAPLS Conference will be held in January, 2014 in Rochester.

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