6 The Oregon Surveyor | Vol. 45, No. 1 From the Publications Committee Pat Gaylord, PLS PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE FROM THE FIELD NOTES Over the last year, submissions from our members dwindled and we need your help. While reprints are fine occasionally, we want to be a magazine written by Oregon surveyors about Oregon topics and experiences. A Call for Content To paraphrase the words of Uncle Sam, The Oregon Surveyor wants you! The Oregon Surveyor has repeatedly been an award-winning magazine (see more about our recent journalism award on page 10) providing you with diverse content on a wide variety of surveying topics. It is a constant challenge to keep the material fresh, interesting, and above all, local. Over the last year, submissions from our members dwindled and we need your help. As you may have noticed, our most recent publications relied more heavily on reprinted materials from around the country. While those are fine occasionally, we want to be a magazine written by Oregon surveyors about Oregon topics and experiences. Every single person reading this has a story to tell. Here are some ideas. • Everyone has a story from their career. Greg Crites, Chuck Witten (2021 Article of the Year), Mike Berry (2020 Article of the Year), and many others have provided great stories of their past experiences. • Are you a legal scholar or have a particular case study to share? Brian Portwood provided many great articles in this category and it would be great to have more. • Are you a specialist in a particular area of surveying? Articles on vertical construction, hydrographic surveying, UAV/UAS surveying, photogrammetry, and more are all great content for those of us who never do these things. • Are you a poet or a story teller? Check out some of the great stories written by Lee Spurgeon over the years and share your own. • Maybe you just have something to get off your chest about the future of the profession. These need to be written in a professional manner and hopefully provide solutions, not written in a way that calls people out or is just complaining. Check out the reprint in the November/December 2021 issue entitled “Poachers.” • Do you have a friend in another industry who has a story to tell? Samantha Tanner has done a great job recruiting some of those folks to write for us. Those articles included satire, trips around the world, and utility locating. • How did you get into surveying? One thing we have learned more about recently is that there are many paths to surveying, and there are many skills that people use in other careers that translate to surveying. Tell us how you got started and how your skills transferred to surveying. • Member Spotlight: we need your suggestions! A name, why they should be spotlighted, and how to contact them is all we need. Vanessa will do the rest. Members can be spotlighted for any reason. It does not have to be surveying related. Maybe they do great things outside of surveying, have an interesting career, saved a life, or whatever else it might be. Let’s learn about our peers!