This years WESFED meeting will be held the day before the NALS-WFPS conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some information can be found through the link below and I will post more info as it becomes available to me.
Friday April 15, 2016 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
Written by: John R. K. Akina, LPLS
To begin the meeting a moment of silence was observed for Jerry Tippin, PLS. He was the previous treasurer of WFPS and is said to be a huge reason why WestFed made a great deal of money in the past. Jerry is also a founding member of WestFed and has dedicated a large part of his life to the success of this organization. Kind words and memories were exchanged in his honor. I instantly felt respect for a man I will never have a chance to meet. May he rest in peace knowing his legacy lives on through his family, friends and colleagues.
The Chairman, Chairman-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer reports brought good news to the status of the Federation. Financial statements were discussed and it was believed that the predicted income of the WFPS/NALS conference could bring in around $25,000. It was discussed that the success is due to a marketing campaign that started early in the year. Through all 13 states of WestFed they were able to reach a large audience. In fact the conference saw a majority of out-of-state attendees. It was reported that 30 states were represented at the joint conference.
Each State reported their respective current events. There was a plethora of information spewing from the state reports. It was overwhelming to hear that some states such as California have a few more challenges than normal. Arizona is facing legislature that could potentially remove the agency responsible for governing professions such as Land Surveying. They would be left without regulation. On the other hand Washington seems to have good direction and boasts a total of 999 members! Being at the table has been enlightening and reminds us to keep an eye on the bigger picture. We sometimes fail to see that others may be going through similar situations or blazing a trail through new ground. Hawaii’s report was very mild in comparison and most states were in good standing. A full copy of the individual state reports will be available to review upon request.
Committee reports were read. We touched on electronic voting. It was suggested we review Montana Corporate Code to reference for our own solutions. Arizona has By-Laws in place for electronic voting. I will be following up with those states for more information. The TwiST Committee was in high gear. We are highly encouraged to get at least one teacher involved preferably from the middle school level. Recommendations were to make contact with the PTA, School District Curriculum Director, Geography, Science and Technologies teachers. The deadline to submit teachers and funds ends April 30, 2016.
Coming into the meeting I had no expectations. I was surprised to find that the group in attendance was very friendly and genuinely delighted to have Hawaii represented at the meeting again. It may have helped that we brought goodies to the party. Arden and I presented the officers and delegates with an extra-large assorted box of Honolulu Cookie Company Cookies. They were more than happy to indulge in the simple island treat. In fact, there was a motion passed (not sure it was entirely legal) that I am required to attend the meetings with a box of cookies, no less. The biggest conversations were about Hawaii hosting the WFPS BOD meeting. I received verbal confirmations from the majority of delegates that would most definitely be in attendance. Talk of a joint HLSA/WFPS Conference took place and some were very responsive to that idea as well. Some delegates/officers were already trying to allocate funds in their respective budgets!