An Open Letter to our Professional Surveyor Societies

by David L. Holland
NSPS Governor – Virginia
 
      Greetings fellow surveyors, I thought I would write an open letter to our Professional Surveyor Societies on behalf of the NSPS.  As you know, the NSPS is currently proposing a 100% “All In” membership program at a modest cost that will unify the surveying associations throughout the United States.  This program will strengthen the Survey Profession’s collective voice and enhance our national influence.  In order to protect the future of our profession, the surveying community must become pro-active and the first step is to collect our membership into a single, unified organization that is represented by, as near as possible, 100% of the surveying profession.   We are having considerable success with this program but still have a ways to go.  As of today, 18 State Societies have gone “all in” (dark blue on our map), and the membership of 11 state societies already have voted positive for membership approval (light blue on our map). (View map here)  So, we invite your society to join us in this endeavor.

    Friends, this is your opportunity to make a difference!  I urge you, don’t let it slip away.  It is up to us to protect the future of surveying and leave a legacy for those who follow in our footsteps.  We need to educate the general public that surveyors are the land boundary experts and that land surveyors have always held the role of evaluating evidence, locating property boundaries, and establishing new property lines.  We should also enhance our influence and our focus on such issues as attracting young folks into the profession, Data Management, Geomatics, GPS, GIS, Geodesy, Construction Surveying, and all the other myriad issues that keep cropping up.  These are the challenges before us and we need your help in guiding the way forward for our profession, which is as we all know – the greatest profession in the world!

   So, I would invite all of you in this room to STAND UP!!,  STAND UP FOR SURVEYING, STAND UP FOR SUCCESS, AND STAND UP FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

   As Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all hang together or we shall most assuredly all hang separately !”  
 
Thank you and best regards to you all,
 
David Holland
NSPS Governor - Virginia
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