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Giving Back to One’s Profession

Posted By Dick McDonald, PLS, Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Book of Proverbs teaches us, "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want."

I was reminded of that passage when reflecting on the fact my predecessor as MAPPS President, Jeff Lovin, upon assuming office, launched an "I'm In" campaign. Stickers with pink pigs were distributed to members who volunteered to serve on a MAPPS committee. The pig was a symbol of an old joke about a bacon and eggs breakfast -- the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.

It is gratifying that we have so many members of MAPPS who are committed to our profession and our association.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of two members to important positions to represent MAPPS. Susan Marlow (Smart Data Strategies, Franklin, TN), who was recently to fill a vacant position on the MAPPS Board, will also be the MAPPS Delegate to the Coalition of Geospatial Organization (COGO – www.cogo.pro). Susan has already been serving us on a COGO Data Sharing Working Group. Additionally, Kurt Allen, PLS, (Photo Science, Bowie, MD) will be the MAPPS Alternate Delegate to the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES – www.cofpaes.org).

In order to provide more MAPPS members a way to give back to their profession and association, I am renewing Jeff’s call. While not resurrecting pig stickers, I would like to offer members a chance to get richer by giving freely of their time and talent.

Most MAPPS committees are open to any interested member. Committees generally meet at our summer and winter meetings. Some hold conference between these meetings. All can collaborate, communicate and deliberate via committee pages on the MAPPS web site.

To become a member of a MAPPS committee, follow these simple steps:

  • Login to the MAPPS website using your unique username/password
  • Select the committee(s) you would like to join.
  • Select Join Group
    • Your membership in the group will be approved by a staff member.

By volunteering to serve on a MAPPS committee, you will help your profession and association by contributing some of your knowledge and expertise. In return, you will be enriched by having an opportunity to network with and learn from other professionals who share a particular interest. Committees generally plan and recommend the programs and activities of MAPPS; keep the Board of Directors of trends and issues affecting the profession, the market and the association; and recommend policies to the Board.

The following are the committees of MAPPS, and their respective charges, that are open to participation by the members --

Program Committee - plans and provides the programs for the Winter and Summer meetings of MAPPS; evaluates, organizes, and secures speakers for the technical sessions and group discussions, and works with staff to coordinate such program with the social events on the conference schedule. Mike Tully, Aerial Services, Inc., Cedar Falls, IA, Chairman.

Aerial Acquisition Committee - provides a forum for members involved in the acquisition of imagery and data from aerial platforms; identifies issues for presentation to the MAPPS Board and takes such action on issues as directed by the MAPPS Board; recommends policies to be taken by the MAPPS Board; and provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addressed at MAPPS conferences affecting aerial photography and other data acquisition. Richard Crouse, Richard Crouse & Associates, Frederick, MD, Chairman.

Commercial Remote Sensing & Licensed Data Committee – provides a forum for members involved in the operation of commercial remote sensing satellites and those offering licensed geospatial data in the marketplace; identifies issues for presentation to the MAPPS Board and takes such action on issues as directed by the MAPPS Board; recommends policies to be taken by the MAPPS Board; and provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addresses at MAPPS conferences affecting the practice of commercial remote sensing and offering licensed geospatial data in the marketplace. Mark Baker, Esri, Redlands, CA, Chairman.

Associate Members Committee – provides a forum for the principals of Associate Member firms in MAPPS to assure that these firms are fully integrated in the activities of MAPPS; is a vehicle for the MAPPS Board to solicit these member’s input on issues; provides input to the Program Committee on sessions, speakers and topics to be addresses at MAPPS conferences affecting Associate Members interests, and assists the Board and Membership Committee in recruiting new Associate Members to MAPPS. Don Carswell, Optech, Vaughan, ONT, Chairman.

Government & University Competition Committee – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies, as well as universities, wherein such entities perform activities that are commercial in nature and unfairly compete with the private sector; recommends actions for MAPPS to police such situations; recommends legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board. Marvin Miller, Aerometric, Maple, Grove, MN, Chairman.

Emerging Markets & Technologies Committee – identifies new markets, technologies, and demands for geospatial services, data and technologies; assists the Program Committee with recommendations for sessions and speakers to keep the membership informed of such emerging markets; assists the Legislative Affairs Committee with recommendations for legislation or policies needed to assure that MAPPS member firms have access to these markets and to remove any barriers to entry by MAPPS member firms; develops programs and activities to facilitate MAPPS member firms ability to participate in exporting and engaging in projects outside the United States; plans MAPPS programs and activities to educate and inform MAPPS members about participating in the international market; advises the Board of actions it should take to facilitate MAPPS engagement in the markets, and recommends to the Legislative Affairs Committee and the Board such legislation and policies that may be necessary to enable MAPPS members to fully engage in exporting and international market opportunities;. Mark Brooks, Magnolia River, Huntsville, AL, Chairman.

GeoInt Committee – provides a forum for MAPPS member firms engaged in providing geospatial intelligence data, products, services and technology; acts as a liaison with the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation on education and information programs; is a liaison to government agencies engaged in geoint activities; plans programs for MAPPS member firms; recommends to the Legislative Affairs Committee and the Board legislation and policies that may be necessary to enable MAPPS members to fully engage in the geoint market. Bart Bailey, B Cubed, LLC. , Springfield, VA, Chairman.

State Chapters Committee – leads the effort to create MAPPS state chapters based on the model originally established in Pennsylvania; assists members in states who wish to form chapters; promotes the establishment of chapters among the membership; and advises the MAPPS Board of policies MAPPS should consider to facilitate the creation and success of state chapters within the association. Gerry Wingate, GRW, Lexington, KY, Chairman, Mike Shillenn, Photo Science, West Chester, PA, Vice Chairman.

Infrastructure Committee – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies related to climate change, energy, highways, underground utilities, and other aspects of infrastructure wherein there is demand for geospatial data, identifies opportunities to utilize the services and data products of MAPPS member firms, considers the need for the development and advocacy of policies or legislation to enable the full utilization of geospatial assets in energy, environment, and infrastructure; recommends actions, legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board, provides a forum for discussion of such issues by interested MAPPS members, and assists the Program Committee in developing sessions, speakers and programs at MAPPS conferences to address and educate the full membership on these issues. Brad Adams, Woolpert, Dallas, TX, Chairman.

Cadastre Task Force – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies on issues related to parcel data, development of cadastre systems, and creation of geo-enabled land inventories; coordinates efforts in support of the proposed Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, recommends legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board. Susan Marlow, Smart Data Strategies, Franklin, TN, Chairman.

HSIA/Oceans & Coastal Task Force – monitors activities by Federal, state and local government agencies related to implementation of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (HSIA), and other ocean and coastal mapping, remote sensing and geospatial issues, considers the need for the development and advocacy of policies or legislation to enable the full utilization of geospatial assets in hydrographic, ocean and coastal programs and recommends actions, legislation, policies and other remedies for consideration by the Legislative Affairs Committee and the MAPPS Board, provides a forum for discussion of such issues by interested MAPPS members, and assists the Program Committee in developing sessions, speakers and programs at MAPPS conferences to address and educate the full membership on these issues. Kurt Allen, Photo Science, Bowie, MD, Chairman

Join a MAPPS committee today.

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