My dear fellow CPGISers,
November 1, 2010 is just like yesterday.
The first feeling coming to me when I started this message is appreciation. In this past year, I got support and help from all old friends, and this position gave me the privilege to make many new friends.
With your effort and support, CPGIS maintained its strong and growing state in this past year. The annual conference of GeoInformatics, the journal of AGIS, the application for the 5013c status, the AAG Get-together, the AGU Get-together, the Go-Home and Young Scholar Summit programs, the Student Paper Competition, the website development and maintenance, and the daily work at our Headquarters, are all on the solid track and toward a bright future. The list of names that directly underlying these events and activities is way too long to fit into this short message, so I decided to guiltfully skip it, but my appreciation is not a bit less.
However, one name that I have to mention is Yongmei Lu, the Chair of BOD in the past year. As a President, I cannot imagine a better BOD and a better BOD Chair to work with. In this term, this BOD has worked diligently. It established a number of operational regulations that are critical for keeping CPGIS on track. It has been always supportive to the President's Office, e.g., contributed numerous good ideas to better our annual conference. Finally, this BOD smoothly finished the first half-half election rotation, which, I believe, will benefit CPGIS for many years.
My partner, Diansheng Guo, who has been working for CPGIS for years and a CPGIS Service Award winner, will officially assume the President tomorrow. All the BOD candidates are veterans of CPGIS. We are in good hands!
A President's message is usually for calling for something. No exception of this last one. Here are my last two "call-fors" and I urge you to pay special attention to them:
1. The elections of the President and BOD are undergoing. If you care about CPGIS, you care about these elections. Please remember to cast your vote.
2. The deadline of extended abstract and full paper submissions for GeoInformatics 2012 (Hong Kong) is in 15 days (November 15). Don't miss this most important annual event of CPGIS and the CPGIS 20th Anniversary celebration.
Although I am stepping down from the President position, I will never quit from contributing to CPGIS, just like everyone of you.
You have my best wishes.