From IMAGIN President, Thomas Van Bruggen April 14, 2021
It’s been a
long 13+ months since we all entered this new world of a global pandemic. We have had to adapt in many different
ways. We have experienced new work
environments, developed new routines, and interacted with our professional and
social networks in new ways. Many opportunities were cancelled,
postponed, and then cancelled again. As
this is true for our individual lives, it is also so true of IMAGIN. We had to cancel the 2020 conference in
Kalamazoo, stop our meetups, and we have postponed our Annual Conference for
2021 on Mackinac Island until June of 2022.
IMAGIN is an organization built entirely around networking and
relationships, and we all long for those connections with people to return…
personally and professionally.
COVID-19 pandemic continues on, it seems so easy to lose hope, but there is
light on the horizon. Efforts like
vaccinations, a better understanding of treatments, and a progression of
returning slowly back toward a bit of normalcy give us glimpses of hope. We do well to remember the many blessings
and opportunities we do have. Your IMAGIN Board continues to work hard to build
opportunities to connect. We launched the
IMAGIN Webinar Series in November 2020 and we are announcing that Season Two of
the Webinar Series is scheduled to begin in May of 2021 as we continue to
provide content and education from your colleagues. Check out the Webinar Series page for past
recordings and to sign up to present in Season Two! Over the next couple of weeks, we will be
launching a new opportunity, the GeoRoundtable, where we join together in
virtual open meetings for an informal discussion on a topic of the day… no big
presentations, just a way to connect and chat.
Teams are also working on the Annual Awards, Map Gallery, Scholarships
and the Annual Membership Meeting. And
of course, we are planning for the 2022 Conference on Mackinac Island!
YOUR professional GIS organization, and more than ever, we need your
support. Membership, sponsorship, and your
participation is crucial to IMAGIN. If
you haven’t renewed your membership, please consider renewing soon. If you have been working on a great project,
map or application, please consider sharing it through our Webinar Series. Join in on the GeoRoundtable talks. If you want to directly impact the direction
of IMAGIN, consider volunteering on a team or running for a Board of Directors
positions. Nominations are now open.
I want to
sincerely thank you for your continued support of IMAGIN.