News From the President  (Oct 2020)

SDSPLS Members, 

I would like to thank Rebecca Dodds for the last two years of service to the SDSPLS. During that time, the SDSPLS has gone online with renewal and registration through the implementation of the online Wild Apricot membership database and new webpages. Additionally, the financial management of the organization has been updated with the use of QuickBooks. Rebecca resigned in July as she has the opportunity to expand her private practice. She has expressed how much she cares for the SDSPLS and its members, and will stay on to assist with the transition of our new director. Rebecca also shared she looks forward to volunteering in the future and maintain connection with members.  

Please welcome Alesha Limbo as our new Executive Director effective October 1st, 2020. Alesha is excited to build on the strengths of the organization, assist with growing the membership and raising awareness for the surveying profession. She has a strong background in financial administration and non-profit experience which includes event planning. She is a co-owner of All Aspects, Inc. in Spearfish, SD along with her husband, Brad. Alesha is very comfortable in the position so far, and has taken full responsibility for the planning of our upcoming virtual convention and meetings and is doing a great job.  

Along with the above change, please note that the phone number, email contact information, and address of the SDSPLS has changed. Please check your email regularly over the next few months to stay up to date on the virtual convention and other items relevant to the SDSPLS and NSPS. 

The Board of Directors has made the decision to go virtual with the convention this year. You will be able to gain all 15 of your professional development hours through attendance. Alesha has confirmed with the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions that these will be accepted. The dates of the convention will remain the same, January 6-8, 2021 with the Annual Meeting being the morning of the 6th. We are looking forward to having Wendy Lathrop back to be our headliner this year. Registration information can be found in the November newsletter as well as online. Please check your email for additional information and updates. 

We look forward to virtually seeing you in January. 

Travis Jacobson, RPLS

2020 SDSPLS President

Upcoming events

    • Wed, January 06, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Fri, January 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • 10 sessions
    • Virtual Convention

    The SDSPLS 38th Annual Convention will be all Virtual for 2021! We are pleased to annouce Wendy Lathrop as our main speaker this year! She comes with many years of experience and knowledge in the land surveying field. Her presentations will include:

    No Access! or "You Can't get there from here" 
    Record Research: Paper Verus Ground Truth

    Some other topics that will be presented by other speakers include:

    Running a Successful Surveying Business - New Challenges and New Markets - Presented by Michael Pallamary

    The Land Surveyor's Professional Obligations - The Future of the Field Surveyor - Presented by Michael Pallamary

    Restorations of Monuments - Presented by Rodney Breitling

    Data Collection Field to Finish: How Sharp is Your Field Pencil? - Presented by Ladd Nelson

    GPS/GNSS Modernization - Presented by Steve Richter

    And still more to come! So, stay tuned for more updates!

    Please remember to renew your SDSPLS Membership at

    Benefits of being a SDSPLS Member
    - Be a part of the the community, both locally and nationally!
    - Your membership provides us with funds to lobby and stay up to date on legislation that will impact our profession
    - Quick access to PDH options
    - Help make a difference in our profession with a unified voice through information and education

    * Membership level
    ~ Associate - $50.00 Any person who by their employment is actively engaged in a program leading to a career in the profession of surveying; or Subscriber: Any person with an associative interest in Surveying whose qualifications do not meet the requirements of Member, LSIT, or Technician.)
    ~ Full Member (In State with NSPS Full Membership) - $175.00
    ~ Full Member (Out of State) - $125.00
    ~ Life Member - $25.00 - Any person who has attained 60 years of age and has retired from active practice as a land surveyor and who has paid dues for each of the nine years preceding and also in the year which he or she attained such age or so retired,
    Life Member (In-State with NSPS) - $65.00
    ~ LSIT - $100.00 - Any person who has successfully completed the LSIT examination according to state or provincial statutes.
    ~ Student - $25.00 - Any person who is a full-time student studying surveying or related fields.
    ~ Sustaining - $250.00 - Any person or organization, either individuals, partnerships or corporations, who or which are engaged either in the manufacture or distribution of surveying instruments, equipment or supplies, or in the compilation or reproduction of maps, or in the performance of services for land surveyors.
    ~ Technician - $75.00 - Any person who has successfully completed any level of the Certified Surveying Technician program as administered by and through the National Society of Professional Surveyors.


President Jacobson

SDSPLS is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. SDSPLS, 444 St Joe St. Spearfish, SD 57783

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