As time and technology has advanced so has this association and its membership. We have witnessed our membership directory go from a few stapled together plain typed pages to a professional publication now known as The Legend. In 1998 thirty-six percent of the association's membership listed an e-mail address, during 2002 eighty-eight percent listed an e-mail address. Definitely signs of the times.
The Executive Board has been hard at work to continue technological and educational advancements within the NCPMA. Two major goals, which have been met, are the newly created NCPMA web page and the electronic distribution of the association newsletter The North Arrow. The Board was very pleased to offer the Plat Review Officer regional workshops held in April. Plans are now being made for a workshop next year that will concentrate on the publication "Interpretation of NCDOT Highway Plans".
Now in our twenty-second year, the NCPMA has matured into one of the most respected professional organizations in the State of North Carolina. You can find this most evident with the ever-increasing enrollment in our annual membership, annual mapping school and the fall conference.
It is an honor to serve as President of the NCPMA for the year 2002. I would like to thank each and every member of the Executive Board for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank each association member who volunteered to serve on a committee. All of the time and effort these people invested in the NCPMA has made 2002 a very successful and productive year.
To keep the NCPMA in forward progress, I encourage each member to fully participate in all association events, volunteer your time, knowledge, and experience, pass along ideas and suggestions to the Board members. Participation and cooperation always has been and always will be the root of success for this association.