Western Federation of Professional Surveyors
Just an FYI. Attached is a letter from the chair of the western directors council of the NSPS concerning murmurings from some folks in one state considering leaving WestFed.
I had not heard about this and have not heard views from both sides, but thought it was important to circulate this letter. What do folks in the western states think of this issue (or is it really a non-issue coming from a relative few folks)?
We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind,
Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're are no friends of mine...
Amanda is spot on about the various levels and combinations of surveying associations, groups, leagues, committees and the like. The points of intersection of various representative members add cohesion to the interactions with other like-minded organizations. It is indeed short-sighted to characterize them as redundant or even inefficient. It is what makes representation in forums outside of one's specialty have a meaningful impact. Of course, this requires insight from those in positions with a larger sphere of influence to place into context input from different sources.
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I like the idea, implemented several years back, which has state surveying societies -instead of individual surveyors- being the members of NSPS. Perhaps the idea should be extended to have WestFed, and other regional surveyor organizations, woven into that fabric.
"Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through." Learned Hand