Pickenpaugh honored with merit award

DON PICKENPAUGH, director of Belmont County’s Geographic Information System, was honored recently by receiving the Annual Presidential Merit Award from the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. The award was presented at the PLSO executive committee meeting held at Columbus State Community College. George Hofmann, P.S. president, presented the award to Pickenpaugh.

The award is presented at the discretion and selection of the outgoing president to a member who has demonstrated special service to PLSO and the profession. Hofmann discussed Pickenpaugh’s efforts as the chair of the 2013 Constitution and By-laws Committee, and his demonstrated leadership in taking on the project and completing it by organizational deadlines.

In his president’s report for 2013, Hofmann included the following: “This year, we faced the issue of revising our constitution and by-laws. I asked our past president, Don Pickenpaugh, to chair this committee. He agreed to do this and through his efforts and the efforts of the members of his committee, we were able to update the constitution and by-laws. I thank all those who took the time to respond to his request to review and comment on changes. It is always a group effort to accomplish these tasks and the more input we receive from the membership the better we are able to serve you.”

Executive Director Melinda Gilpin wrote the following in her annual report:”

“This year has been a big year for the PLSO Constitution and the tireless efforts of Past President Don Pickenpaugh stand out. Don has worked so hard to ensure the members of this organization had meaningful and necessary changes to the governing documents, and found ways to articulate those adjustments in a way we all could understand. Congratulations to Don and thanks for a job well done!”

Pickenpaugh has served at the State Level of the PLSO as secretary in 2010; as president in 2011; Immediate past president in 2012 and Constitution and By-laws Review Committee Chair in 2013. This year he is serving as secretary and delegate of the Ohio Valley Chapter.

The award is displayed in the Belmont County GIS office at the county engineer’s garage in Lloydsville.

Hofmann also made the following comment: “This is awarded as a token of gratitude for providing many years of service and leadership to the land surveying profession within the State of Ohio and beyond, for enduring the difficulties inherent with the changing faces, the diversity of opinions and varying personalities of a professional organization such as PLSO. Be it remembered that on this the 13th day of February, 2014, the society has offered its collective gratitude and appreciation.”

Pickenpaugh and his wife, Julia, reside on High Ridge Road, Bridgeport., They are the parents of three grown children and have three grandchildren.

Engineer Fred F. Bennett said, “(Pickenpaugh) has once again put Belmont County in the limelight. We extend congratulations to him on a job well done.”