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PLSO Issue 4, 2014 July/August

2015 PLSO Education and Outreach Auction 9 Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon | www.plso.org Preparations are underway for the PLSO Education and Outreach Auction at the 2015 PLSO Annual Conference in Salem. Th e auction was renamed in 2013 to enable the PLSO Board to allocate funds to two very important causes: Th e PLSO Scholarship fund and PLSO Outreach programs and activities. Th is year, the Board voted to send $7,743 to the scholarship fund (managed by the Oregon Community Foundation) and allocate $334 to outreach from the auction and raffl e held at the 2014 conference. Th ough it seems early, we encourage PLSO members to begin looking for useful and perhaps unique items to donate to the auction. Auction items can be donated individually, as a group, or as a chapter. Some examples of unique donations are: a handmade craft item, artwork, or a unique recreation package. A short list of other possibilities include: gift baskets, tools, books, household items, and services. Be creative and fi nd an item that will be appealing at either the live or oral auction. Your support can help expand the outreach eff orts of PLSO and also add to the scholarship fund. Remember to mark your calendar for January 21–23, 2015. Plan to attend the conference and also donate and participate in the auction. ◆ EDITOR’S NOTE… continued from page 2 Th e bottom line is, if we don’t do outreach, there won’t be a profession called surveying before too long. You think you can abdicate your responsibilities to Google users? We’ve let scholarships go unawarded through the Oregon Community Foundation for lack of applicants. Every year it’s getting harder to fi nd those who are qualifi ed. Is the solution to lower our standards and broaden the target audience? Absolutely not! We need to get out there and make ourselves visible to the public we have vowed to protect. Make them aware of what that protection means and educate them on how important it is to know that we’re in their court, ready, willing and able to advocate for them in property disputes, property conveyances, partitioning, subdividing and so on. Let them personally witness our passion for this fi eld. Lee is correct that a barbecue may be a lot cheaper than an attorney. Aft er all, how many times have you been called to survey a boundary line that is in dispute and your client is incredulous when you tell them you need to talk to their neighbor? For that matter, how many times have you talked with that neighbor only to discover some kernel of wisdom regarding the issues surrounding the dispute that represent one of those “aha” moments? I have had numerous experiences where some person of advancing years comes out to see what I’m up to whilst standing behind the instrument. Th e conversation inevitably turns to historical knowledge, local lore and so on. You know the rest. We could be doing a whole lot more with respect to outreach and I want to personally extend my gratitude to all the unsung members of PLSO who have been volunteering so hard in that arena, oft en with little or no thanks. Exam proctors, Trig-Star proctors, Scouting, Career Fairs and so on. Sadly, if we don’t do more, the scholarship fund may turn into an albatross. I don’t think we could serve that at a barbecue. ◆ e views expressed herein are mine and mine alone and in no way should be construed as representing ANY opinions shared by our membership or a stance on political issues by this organization. PLSO EDUCATION AND OUTREACH AUCTION


PLSO Issue 4, 2014 July/August
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