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April 2013 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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 Words of Wisdom

" No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. " - Gen. George Patton

" You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas. " - Davey Crockett

New Meeting Location... PLEASE TAKE NOTE
After nearly ten years of meeting at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lovers Lane in Dallas, we were informed that the restaurant would be closing and unable to serve us any longer. So, please pay attention to the Meeting Notices until a permanent home can be found. For May, we will meet at the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison at Midway and Belt Line.

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The March Chapter meeting had a different twist, as attendees viewed the vintage Texas Surveyors Association film “Surveying, Texas Style” and then saw a short film of John Pierce and the Fiesta Texas rollercoaster that his firm designed. Although there was a problem with the sound, the “silent” movies were enjoyed by all. The meeting had +/- 30 attendees.

SURPAC donations collected at the meeting totaled $118. Although the Texas Legislature is in session and we are prevented from making political donations, it is important that we continue to collect monies for future donations. Failure to do so will put us at a distinct disadvantage to other competing (and better financed) interests. Do your part to contribute to the cause.

Surveyors should be aware of potential rule changes from the Texas Railroad Commission amending Chapter 18. Essentially, these amendments affect work done within gas and oil pipeline rights of ways. No public hearing is currently scheduled, but if your business is involved in this type of work you should pay attention.

Chapter Quarterly Report

Click Here to view the Chapter Report that was prepared by Justin Waldrip and submitted to the TSPS Board of Directors.

Chapter Committee Report

PUBLIC RELATIONS: (Gary Matthews): The south branch of the Garland Public Library once again presented Chapter 5's display of antique-to-not so-old surveying equipment and associated information just in time for National Surveyor's Week. We're told the surveying display is one of the most popular the library presents, and the display will run all of March and April at the library's request. If you're in Garland, please drop by to see it. Click here for a link to Gary’s photos.

Chapter 5 will also be involved in A high school STEM summer camp at Richland College, and discussions include increased participation in future years.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce): A CST exam will be offered on May 9th. The Chapter sent out 166 letters to every high school in out seven county area about Trig*Star around the first of February. Ten schools will take part and we look forward to having another State Trig*Star winner.

TREASURER'S REPORT: (John Pierce): John reported the following financial information. The General fund has $6753 and the Scholarship fund has $3765. Those totals reflect the following expenses: Trig*Star $ 97.00 so far, still need to print and mail Certificates; Ray Wisdom auction $ 450; Scholarships granted this semester $1010 and $500 to STEM at Richland College, with all expenses paid so far.

CHAPTER REP: (Chris Freeman): If you have an issue that you would like to take to the TSPS state leaders, feel free to contact Chris and he will help guide you in that process. Also, be aware that Chapter 5’s own Jerry Lehew is a TSPS Director, and can assist members with state related issues. Jerry is also the TSPS Liaison to the TBPLS, so if you have a question or issue related to the TBPLS, then Jerry is a good source for such matters.

   On the Horizon ...

FREE (to Chapter 5 RPLS’s) 4 CEU hour Ethics/TBPLS Board Rules Seminar will be presented by TBPLS Investigator Garey Gilley on the morning of Saturday April 13 at the DFW learning Center (same site as last year). This is a great benefit to members, and Chapter 5 is the only Chapter to offer this benefit.

The next TBPLS Board Meeting Meeting is scheduled for Friday June 14 at 9 a.m. 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 regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas. Following the Board Meeting, the annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ will take place at nearby Richard Moya Park.

Sean Flaherty has made the arrangements for the 2013 Chapter 5 Golf Tournament. The date is Saturday April 27 at The Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. Registration info and sponsorship opportunity info will follow once details are finalized. Sean does a tremendous job organizing this popular event that benefits the Chapter 5 Scholarship Fund.

SIT and RPLS Study Groups
If you are preparing for either of the exams, the following study groups have proven very helpful for candidates in their preparation. The groups will typically meet in person as the exam date nears. Soon a schedule will be out for the preparation for the upcoming April exams.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

Don’t Forget…Annual Convention in 2013 will be held in Arlington at the Sheraton Convention Center. Chapters 2 & 5 will co-host the event for the second time in 3 years. Richard Ortiz will be the co-Chair for the Convention Committee to plan the event. So there will be many opportunities for members to volunteer to help plan for the best convention ever.


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Safety First…..Make it a Priority

Click here for links to various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.


Meeting Dates
April 15DJ Kyle, TSPS Executive Director (Joint Meeting with Chapter 2, this meeting will be held at the Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant in Arlington).
May 14Brian Thompson, Leica, will provide a hands-on terrestrial laser scanning demo
June 11Representative of Texas 811 will update on issues related to Surveyors.
July 9TBD
August 13TBD
September 10New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Shane Neally
October 8TBD
No Meetings in November and December

Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, April 27 @ The Brickyard G.C. in Ferris

Chapter 5 free* 4 hour Ethics Seminar April 13 8a.m.-noon @ DFW Learning Center (*free to Chapter 5 members)

Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month. Our new temporary location (at least for May meeting) is the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison:

Spring Creek Barbeque
14941 Midway Road (at Belt Line)
Addison, TX 75001
Phone: 972-385-0970
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program to follow.

If you have an idea for a Meeting, let Pat Baldasaro (972-250-2727) know so he can schedule it.

TSPS 2013 Board of Directors Meetings & Events Calendar

May 4BoD Meeting and Ray Wisdom Benefit Picnic & Auction, Austin
August 10-11Strategic Planning & BoD Meeting, Kerrville
October 30-November 2TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington

Chapter 5 Officers

Justin Waldrip, RPLS                President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS 1st Vice President pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
Andy Dobbs, RPLS 2nd Vice President andy.dobbs@kimley-horn.com
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
Robert Schneeberg, RPLS 2 year Director Robert.schneeberg@gs-engineers.com
Richard Ortiz 2 year Director rich@crstex.com
Mark Yale, RPLS 1 year Director myale@dunaway-assoc.com
Gary Matthews, RPLS 1 year Director rpls5574@gmail.com
Jason Jernigan, RPLS Past President jjernigan@halff.com
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Rep cfreeman@ltraengineers.com
Mark Williams, RPLS Communications markw@rsh.com

Chapter 5 Committee Chairs for 2012 - 2013
Education John Pierce
       -SkillsUSA Justin Waldrip
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan

Month of April Events in Texas History (from the Texas Almanac)

1536 - Cabeza de Vaca and three of his men reached San Miguel in what is now New Mexico after being stranded on the Texas coast for eight years.

1541 - Francisco Vázquez de Coronado crosses the Texas Panhandle in search of the seven cities of Cibola.

1598 - Thanksgiving is held near present-day El Paso by Juan de Oñate, the members of his expedition and natives of the region.

1689 - Spanish Gen. Alonso de León's expedition finds the remains of Fort St. Louis. Fearing French intentions to lay claim to Spanish territory, the Spanish begin establishing missions and settlements in East Texas.

1836 - Santa Anna and his army were captured on this day at San Jacinto, near Houston. The battle lasted eighteen minutes, but the results were timeless...Texas was now free from Mexican rule.

1837 - Houston became the second capital of the Republic of Texas. It was the capital from April, 1837 to April, 1839.

1864 - The last attempt by the Union Army to invade Texas was on this day, known in history as the Battle of Mansfield.

1871 - Texas A & M was created by the Texas Legislature. Two hundred thousand dollars was set aside for it.

1883 - Texas Ranger, John Coffee ’Jack’ Hayes died. He was a scout, surveyor, soldier in the War with Mexico, soldier in the Battle of Salado among other things. He served his state well.

1898 - The United States declared war on Spain. During this war Teddy Roosevelt organized his Rough Riders at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Some have said they have even seen Teddy still at the hotel beckoning others to join.


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