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Message from the President

Hey folks,
It’s that time of year already; time for our Annual Meeting! This year’s annual meeting is going to be at Old Soul (555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814) starting at 5:30 pm, on November 9th. We’re super excited to have everyone get together after the latest great turn-out at the educational event in West Sacramento. (There’s a Kings game that night so think about parking/walking options early. Our President lives downtown and recently went to Old Soul during a Kings game and it wasn’t bad.)

At the Annual Meeting we’re going to give more information about OneURISA to members. At the recent GISPro-CalGIS 2018 event in Palm Springs we signed a new agreement to migrate from one arrangement with the URISA International Board to a new OneURISA version. We’re very excited about the benefits and new representation and the direction OneURISA takes NorCal URISA in. Under OneURISA, all NorCal Chapter members will automatically become members of URISA International.  

Also at the Annual Meeting we will recognize and congratulate the 2018 California Geographic information Association’s “Excellence in Education” Award recipient: Professor Hugh Howard of American River College. Students and alumni of the amazing GIS program at ARC are especially welcome to attend and celebrate this achievement.

We would like to open up the following Officer and Board positions for nominations:

President-Elect (becomes the President in 2020)

Secretary (2-year term)

Treasurer (2-year term)

Member At-Large – 2 year term (referred to as "Director" in our bylaws)

Note: Board Members-At-Large will be encouraged to take the lead on these areas of responsibility:

       Website Chair

       Sponsorship Chair

This is an open call for nominations.You must be a member of NorCal URISA (if your membership has lapsed you can renew here)  and you can self-nominate (sometimes people will nominate you if they think you have room on your plate but we may not know you have space for us). If you have questions about serving on the board we would be happy to answer them. Please email for more information  Nominations submitted via email need to be in by November 8th but in-person nominations close November 9th at the Annual Meeting; we may present your 2019 Board at that point or hold an election digitally if we have multiple nominations for positions.

Board Nomination Procedures:

To nominate yourself for an open position provide a letter of intent to the nomination committee.
If a nomination is made on behalf of a member, provide the nominee’s contact information to .  The nomination committee will contact the nominee to obtain a letter of intent. 

Letters of intent shall include:

  • Position member wishes to run for

  • A paragraph to include a short bio and any relevant information making the member a strong candidate

  • Optional: Mention if member wishes to run for any other positions if there is not sufficient interest in other positions.

Send in an email body to:  Subject: Nomination or bring it in person to the Annual Meeting on November 9.

We would like to take a moment to thank this year’s sponsors, Fehr and Peers, Dudek, and 120 West Ventures along with all of the employers of our board who allow their employees to support the GIS Community at large, and all of our board members who take time from their busy schedules to serve.


Your NorCal URISA President,

Christina Boggs-Chavira

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Save the Dates!  The 25th Annual CalGIS gathering of California GIS Professionals is happening in Fresno, April 8-10, 2019. Planning is underway for a robust program of workshops, speakers, presentations, and conversations. The call for program submissions will be sent out very soon; watch for it!   This event will have a transportation focus but there will also be tracks on issues and subject areas important to the Central Valley and all of California. Put this on your training plan!
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