From the Chair
By Ben Verbick, Consortium Board Chair
We’re halfway through 2012 already, and for some of us, halfway through our terms on the MN GIS/LIS Board of Directors. From my perspective, this year is going by very fast and your Board is a whirlwind of activity. All of our committees have been actively pursuing goals and striving to make the Consortium your best source for GIS/LIS networking, education, and professional experiences.
With a great deal of dedication from a few of our Board members, our Annual Report 2011 has been published online. Please check it out if you haven’t already done so. It offers an informative yet concise insight into your MN GIS/LIS Consortium and Board activities.
The Spring Workshops and newly conceived coincident networking event, held at the University of St. Thomas on May 24, were a great success, educating 140 members of our community and raising money for our scholarship fund. We’re fortunate to have a group of very skilled organizers and instructors for our workshops every year. Please remember to thank them for the volunteer effort they put forth.
Many of you may already be aware of our new member portal on our website. This member management solution known as Members 360 offers a much more robust member and activity registration process and great new tools for reporting and monitoring your professional history and member relationships. This update has been under consideration for a long time, and we were finally able to fund the project in 2012. The dedicated efforts of our Database Committee, webmaster, and management company are making this implementation a big success.
Much of our effort throughout the year culminates in our annual conference in October. As you might expect, annual conference preparation has been underway for quite some time (it really never ends). The Conference Committee is on target with organizing another great conference at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center on October 3-5. Thank you to everyone who has submitted abstracts for presentations and volunteered to assist in this effort. Keep an eye on E-announcements and our social media sites for additional calls for volunteers as we get closer to conference time.
Until then, have a great summer and stay spatial.