Greetings, Happy Holidays to our members, affiliates and the geospatial community.
I wanted to drop a note to thank you for your support during my service as GITA president for the 2015-2016 term. As of the New Year, Matt Thomas, GISP will take the helm of our organization. I have no doubt Matt will do a wonderful job, and that I am passing the leadership of the association to a set of most capable hands!
During the holiday season, we are reminded of those things we are most thankful for. One of the achievements I am most grateful for is the resurgence of the GITA scholarship programs. This past year GITA and its local chapters have given over $34,000 in scholarship funds or stipends to deserving geography, GIS, and geospatial students!
The revitalization of GITA's scholarship programs
is one of the achievements I am most proud of, as it marks the sign of a revitalized association.
If you find it in your heart, and would like to help us "pay it forward" to the next generation of geospatial professionals please consider a donation to the GITA scholarship fund. Donations are completely segregated from our operating budget and are solely devoted to assisting deserving students.
Merely click on the following link to be directed to the GITA Scholarship Fund Donation page: Scholarship Donations
. Giving to deserving students is a most impactful way to help shape the future of our industry!
The directors and staff also are taking great pride in the relaunched GITA Awards Program
. Awards and recognition are now available for both individual and corporate contributors to the geospatial industry. You can learn more about the GITA awards program here: GITA Awards!
Do you know of an individual or organization deserving of recognition? If so, feel free to place a nomination!
With that I will close my update, many thanks again to my fellow directors, and a personal shout out to our administrator, Steve Swazee
whose help and dedication to this association is unmatched!
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, and a most prosperous 2017!
Mark E. Limbruner, GISP
President, Geospatial Information & Technology Association