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Carto 2005: CCA Annual General Meeting

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Henry Castner had to be hunted down and dragged to the meeting before quorum could be achieved. Shoe sizes of those attending ranged from 6 to 11. The various executive members provided reports of their activities over the past, beginning with Christine Earl, the president. Parameters were developed to disburse the Carto-Quebec funds in the form of a prize; unfortunately, no entries were received this year. Parameters were also developed for the awards of distinction and honourary membership.

Membership is up slightly this year to 169 from 165. The executive was challenged to bring in new members. Claire Gosson was convinced that she brought in the most members so Rick presented her with a new Harley-Davidson. Three organizations / people were selected for awards of distinction, to be presented at tonight's banquet.

The financial situation of the CCA has improved somewhat from the previous year, primarily from profits from the Victoria conference in 2003. A fairly large sum of money that was set aside for the banquet for the last conference in Newfoundland 7 years ago was put on the books as well for last. The company that catered the event went bankrupt and never invoiced the CCA. Hence, the "extraordinary deposit." However revenues from membership dues is declining. Cartographica's expenses were higher, primarily because it has been published on time. A substantial amount of money was lost at last year's conference at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay. The Nicholson Scholarship is not currently self-sustaining.

There is discussion that Cartographica may be having an on-line home in 2006. Details to follow at a later date.

Some amendments to the CCA's constitution were made. These were fairly minor and were meant to only clarify the intent of the constitution.

Attendance at this year's conference was reported to be just under 90. Next year's conference is to be held in Ottawa in conjunction with the GeoTec event and the Atlas of Canada's 100th anniversary on Monday, June 19 to Wednesday, June 21, 2006. Registration fees for CCA members will be in the normal CCA conference fee range. ACMLA, CIG, 2 ICA commissions, Ontario Lands Surveyors, URISA, CAG and others may attend as well. NRCAN and Libraries and Archives Canada are providing support. It will be held at the Ottawa Conference Centre. The gala will be held at the Museum of Civilization. There will also be workshops on Sunday, June 18, 2006. Plans for the 2007 conference are still up in the air.

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