Click here to see a previous discussion from August on committee membership.
With the news of a new program coordinator, and the likelihood of changes in the program to come, we will most likely have a need for a live meeting in April. We will have at least two vacancies at the end of the April meeting, (we will have to wait for Ken’s and Noela’s responses to their pending reappointments, see this post) since we are down to 8 members currently and since Bill has decided not to serve on the committee past April.
This would be a great time to elect our new members, and invite them to the April meeting so they may witness the beginning of a new era and get up to speed on current events in preparation for the beginning of a new academic year.
First, we need to fill the two vacancies to get our membership back to nine. According to our bylaws, we need 4 nominations to fill these two vacancies.
I think we should also try to add the two new members to the committee (expanding our membership to eleven) at this time, if we can get enough nominations. We would need a total of at least 6 nominations.
I think we should table the idea of inviting members from the professional associations for a while, at least until we are back to full membership and things have settled down a bit.
We have discussed nominating GIS professionals for these vacancies. I think that is very important (Sheila needs help), and would like at least two new GIS folks, and three would probably be better. Sheila and I have discussed contacting GIS people from local governments (city and county) and/or appraisal districts, maybe from Corpus Christi or San Antonio (because they are close by, and may also be able to help with recruiting). Sheila, your nominations, in my opinion, are very important considering there are no other “true GIS” professionals on the committee. I don’t know where to start when it comes to GIS nominations.
New terms don’t officially begin until the fall, but I think it is important to elect the new members now, so that they can be “invited” to attend the spring meeting as guests, so they will have the benefit of being at probably the most important meeting we have had or will have in a while.
I welcome any suggestions or other thoughts.
In summary, let’s try to get at least 6 nominations to fill 4 positions. I plan to contact Tim Alford to see if he is still interested. He also works at BP, along with Brian, but I don’t have a problem with that if the committee doesn’t. I have one other in mind. If and when they have agreed, I will submit their names. Lets try to get the nominations together by the end of January, so that we can wrap up the elections and get this behind us. Who knows, we may want to have the next meeting sooner than April.
Once your nominees have read the bylaws (which can be viewed by the public on this site, just send them the link) and agreed to serve, submit their name and resume or qualifications along with any comments you may have, as a comment at the bottom of this post.
Let me know if there are any questions, or send me an email if you have any problems posting to the blog.
Thanks for all your help.