The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter
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Welcome New Chapter 5 Members…
Chapter 5 has some new members. Please welcome the following to Chapter 5; we hope to see you at the 2012 Chapter meetings and events:
Davey Davis and Doug Stewart from Texas Heritage; Barton Burnett from Duncanville ISD
If you are an existing TSPS member, remember to renew your membership.
As of March 2, Chapter 5 had a total member count of 131, including 99 Registered members. Now is a good time to check with your co-workers and staff and encourage their involvement and membership in TSPS. Let’s see if we can’t get to 200 members in 2012. (Thanks to Brenda Null at TSPS for the membership information).
In the Rearview Mirror…
March 13 Chapter Meeting Recap: Attending members and guests were treated as Wess McDonald spoke on improvements to the WDS Network, especially in south Texas, and he also touched on the LightSquared issue. As you may know, the FAA declined to approve their application due to fierce opposition from existing GPS users, including surveyors.
Jason Jernigan updated attendees on the Free Seminar/Membership Drive initiative, which has about 60 signed up so far. The seminar was held March 31 at the DFW Learning Center, West Campus of North Lake College.
A motion was made and carried to spend $1000.00 for TSPS Education Committee Course Development costs. Committee Chairman Jim Gillis explained the issue, which involves budget cutbacks at the State level. Two attendees donated an additional $200 to the donation, for a total of $1200 donation from Chapter 5.
Chapter Representative Chris Freeman gave a report on the 1st Quarterly Board Meeting for members. See the highlights in the Newsletter.
Visitors included TSPS President Davey Edwards, TSPS Education Chairman Jim Gillis, and TSPS Skills USA Chairman Bill Coleman.
SURPAC donations at the meeting totaled $113.00. The total for 2012 from Chapter 5 now stands at $337.00. At that pace, Chapter 5 members would contribute about $1350.00 for the year, which is 8% of the yearly TSPS goal of $16,000.00.
Committee Reports: were provided by various Chairmen:
(Justin Waldrip): current renewals and new memberships total 131; Membership Drive related to the inaugural “Free Seminar” activity has generated some new memberships. True numbers will be available in April, and the information will be forwarded to the State Membership Committee and TSPS Board of Directors.
(Gary Matthews): a Library Display was organized for the Texas Surveyors Week (March 18-24) at the South Garland Library. The display is available for the public until the end of April, an unprecedented amount of time, and a testament to the popularity of the Survey displays. Thanks to Chapter PR Committee Chairman Gary Matthews and Halff Associates for their time and effort in producing this display that shares our profession with the public.
Chapter 5 volunteers will attend Duncanville H.S. on April 12 and13 to share the survey profession with architecture students. Gary Matthews and Randall Marshall are leading this effort, which includes a demonstration of survey equipment.
There were a record 18 examinees for the Certified Survey Technician testing on Saturday March 10 at the DFW Education Center of North Lake College. The majority of the examinees were from one company, Kiewit.
A free 4 hour CEU Act/Rules/Ethics seminar was held March 31 for any registered Chapter 5 member who signed up. This first time event was popular with attendees, and it also generated several new members. An additional reduced fee 8 hour seminar is being planned for June or July. Details will follow when available.
(John Pierce): General fund total is $3,800.00, and the Scholarship Fund totals $3,590.00. The first rebate from the State office has been received. Invoices for the Chapter Online Newsletter have been sent out, and so far have netted $1500-$2000 dollars for the general fund.
Jason Jernigan received an additional check from TSPS headquarters with Chapter refund monies in the amount of $1.487.50, which will add to the totals above.
Additional scholarship funds will be coming later related to the Annual Golf Tournament.
(Randall Marshall): Chapter 5 volunteers have had training visits to Duncanville High School before the Christmas break, and a couple more sessions prior to the District 6 Regional Survey Contest, which was held February 10 in Waco at TSTC. The Texas State Survey Contest was held in Corpus Christi on March 22-23. Randall Marshall has been overseeing the Chapter 5 Skills activities. Randall reports these unofficial competition results:
1. Ben Barber Career Center - Mansfield, TX
2. Birdville Center of Technology & Advanced Learning - North Richland Hills, TX
3. Duncanville High School – Duncanville, TX
4. Klein Forest High School – Houston, TX
5. Foy H Moody High School – Corpus Christi, TX
6. San Benito High School – San Benito, TX
There were 22 people/8 teams on this preliminary list. At the competition there were 37 people/12 teams that showed up at the competition so I am sure that this list is not complete.
Jessica Escobar & German Lopez, from the 3rd place Duncanville H.S. team, scored over 70 on the written portion and thus are eligible to take the CST Level 1 test. German Lopez is a freshman and Jessica is a sophomore. Congrats to all the participating students and schools, and to Randall and his team of Chapter 5 volunteers who spent several days since last November visiting the school.
(Paul Mannel): Members are encouraged to submit ideas for Chapter meeting programs to Chairman Paul Mannel. A partial slate has been arranged, but a few dates remain available.
(Chris Freeman): Chapter Rep Freeman reminds members that the next scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Austin on Saturday May 5, with the annual Ray Wisdom Benefit Auction and BBQ scheduled immediately following its conclusion. The Auction is a great opportunity for members to bring their families for fun and food, while also raising scholarship monies that benefit survey students across Texas. Members are encouraged to attend both the Board Meeting and the Auction/BBQ.
1st Quarterly Board Meeting Recap:
Some of the highlights:
- Board of Directors fills two vacant seats by selecting Chris Freeman and Shane Isbell as new directors
- Executive Director Anne Glasgow announced her retirement after 21 years with TSPS. Last day will be June 28. Directors have formed a Search Committee tasked with selecting candidates for the position.
- An $806,550 budget was approved by directors. The full budget, with line items, is printed annually in the March/April issue of The Texas Surveyor magazine.
- This year’s TSPS Symposium was a resounding success, with 232 paid attendees taking in Education courses last Friday and Saturday at South Shore Harbour Resort. Check the TSPS calendar for future TSPS Education offerings, including 2012 TSPS Convention & Technology Exposition Oct. 10-13, 2012 in San Marcos!
- Board of Directors also approved the new Eminent Educator Award
Jerry Lehew attended the TBPLS meeting on March 9 and provided the following recap: TSPS Governmental Affairs Committee members Pat Smith and Mickey Nowell presented arguments opposing the proposed amendments to Board Rule 661.31 and 661.57, and the amendments were tabled. Executive Director Frank DiTucci submitted his resignation effective at the end of the meeting, and Garey Gilley was appointed interim Executive Director while a Selection Committee begins the process of finding a new permanent Executive Director.
A Blast from the Past…
Past Chapter 5 member Charlie Redd surfaced the other day. Charlie is retired, living in the San Antonio area after selling his Plano residence. He keeps an eye on us via our Newsletter, and has promised to send some info on the geocache that he established several years ago for TSPS at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. Stay tuned.
On the Horizon ...
The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday June 8 in Austin, and 4 CEUs are awarded to attendees of TBPLS Board meetings. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us).
The next TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas. Also, various committees will be meeting and discussing their activities in the morning, so it’s a great time to get involved and offer your expertise and energy. Chapter Rep Chris Freeman will be attending to represent Chapter 5. If you have any matters that you would like Chris to take to the Board, feel free to contact him (972-226-8181). The Annual Ray Wisdom BBQ and Benefit Auction will follow (around 4:30 p.m.) the Board Meeting at City of Austin Richard Moya Park (shelter #3) near the airport in southeastern Austin.
RPLS/SIT Study Group Schedule…exams April 13 and 14 in Austin
April is getting close! Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc. hosted three study groups before the April exams for anyone studying for the SIT or RPLS exam. This is a highly successful initiative that is recognized statewide.
Here is what we do: SIT candidates study as a group. Everyone is
encouraged to bring books or study material and a TBPLS approved calculator.
There is no formal lecture, but you will be working through
problems to prepare for the NCEES exam. The group moves at whatever pace the
participants set. It is a great opportunity to learn from your peers and meet
people from different companies. Chances are if you're having trouble with a
certain subject or problem, one of the other people in the group knows the
answer and can help you with it.
RPLS candidates also meet in their own group and work through analytical
problems. Several topics from the legal portion of the exam also come up, but
the main focus of the group is the analytical portion. It tends to be harder to
study for alone. Analytical problems are notoriously hard to come by, so if you
have any, please bring them. Bring your TBPLS approved calculator and some
colored pencils for deed sketches.
The meetings are from 8am-noon at Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc., Dallas office (see map in the "Files" section). As always, there is no charge for the groups and breakfast is provided for those who RSVP.
While the sessions are now done for the April exams, you are more than encouraged to join our online Study Groups, where you can find a lot of valuable material that will assist you with the exam.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/
2012 Texas and National Surveyors Week
PR Chairman Gary Matthews and other staff from Halff Associates did an outstanding job in organizing this year’s Library Display. These displays are among the most popular the library has all year long, and is a great way to share the survey profession with the public.
Save the Date…Saturday June 2, 13th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tourney
Golf Tournament Chairman Sean Flaherty has set the date for this year’s Chapter Golf Tournament for Saturday June 2nd at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. This very popular event draws nearly 100 participants each year, with some attending from as far away as Tyler, Waco, Ft. Worth, and Austin. The event is known as a fun activity, with unbelieveable food and beverage, great prizes, and for raising thousands of dollars to benefit Chapter 5 educational activities. As the details are solidified, information will be provided. Stay tuned.
Chapter 5 Membership…Recruit a Member!
For 2011 there were 182 members of Chapter 5, including 137 registered members. TSPS encourages all Chapters to work at increasing their membership. Encourage your co-workers, staff, and colleagues to consider joining TSPS. Invite non-members to the meetings. As we witnessed during the past legislative session with the action related to the TBPLS, strength in numbers, with a strong and united voice, will be critical when we likely face the issue again during the 2013 Legislature. If all members would recruit one other member, Chapter 5 would double in size. Justin Waldrip (ARS Engineers, Inc.) is the new Chapter 5 Membership Chairman; contact him or any other Chapter Officer for information or guidance.
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2012 Chapter 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE
Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month at:
| April 10 ||Jessica Baker, Certified Floodplain Manager|
| May 8 ||Bill O’Hara, Texas GLO Director of Surveying |
| June 12 ||Sally Rodriquez, History of White Rock Lake|
| July 10 ||TBD|
| August 14 ||TBD|
| September 11 ||New Officer Installation by Curtis Strong |
| November 13 ||Mark Fox, National Weather Service Storm Spotter Program|
| March 31 ||FREE 4 hour Seminar for Chapter 5 RPLS|
| June 2 ||13th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament, organized by Sean Flaherty|
Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
TSPS State Meetings & Events Calendar
165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
(Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
Phone: 214/350-5227 www.cantinalaredo.com
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program to follow
| May 5 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting & Ray Wisdom Picnic|
| August 17-18 || TSPS Strategic Planning in Montgomery (north of Houston)|
| August 18 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting in Montgomery |
| October 10-13 || Annual Convention in San Marcos|
| October 11 || TSPS Board of Directors Meeting in San Marcos|
Chapter Officers for 2011-2012
The Executive Committee
for Chapter 5 for 2011-2012 is as follows:
Chapter 5 Committee Chairs 2011-12
THANK YOU ADVERTISERS!
A special THANKS to all the individuals and firms that have renewed their advertising in the Chapter 5 Newsletter. The funds generated from the ads go into the General Fund of the Chapter, and help
with educational and promotional events and activities throughout the year that benefit our members and profession. The rates are purposefully priced at favorable rates to provide maximum benefit to our supporters and sponsors. If you or your firm is interested in adding your business card or larger ad, please contact Chris Freeman (972-226-8181).
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And thanks to the following firms for their contributions to the Chapter by placing a Business card in the Newsletter:
The Wallace Group, Dunaway & Associates, R Delta Engineers, Winkelmann & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry,
Lamb-Star Engineering, Gonzalez-Schneeberg, and Halff Associates.
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