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 August 2010                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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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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A story of Due Diligence submitted by Richard Ortiz of Courthouse Research Specialists.

Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:

You have to love this lawyer........

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client.
He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove
satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as
collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803,
which took the lawyer three months to track down. After
sending the information to the FHA, he received the
following reply.

(Actual reply from FHA):
"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan
application, we note that the request is supported by an
Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
(Actual response):

"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received.
I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land
came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus's expedition.
Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana . God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory.
Now, may we have our loan?"

The loan was immediately approved


Chapter Officers for 2009-2010

The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2009-2010 is as follows:

  • Raul Wong, Jr.        President

  • Jerry Lehew            1st Vice President

  • Jason Jernigan         2nd Vice President

  • John Pierce              Secretary/Treasurer

  • Charlie Redd          1 year Director   

  • Richard Ortiz           1 year Director

  • Colin Henry             2 year Director

  • Fred Bemenderfer    2 year Director

  • Bob  Cummings       Past President

  • Chris Freeman         Chapter Representative


Chapter 5  Committee Chairs

  • Education                John Pierce

  •        --Skills USA            Jerry Lehew

  •        --Teachers Retreat   Colin Henry

  • Nominating Bob Cummings

  • Membership Richard Ortiz

  • Programs Paul Mannel

  • Golf Tournament Sean Flaherty

  • Day at Lone Star Park Robert Schneeberg

  • Public Relations Chris Freeman

  • Governmental Liaison Charlie Redd

If you are interested in assisting on any of the above Committees, please contact the respective Committee Chairman.  Your volunteer service is appreciated.

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In the Rearview Mirror…

--- Another strong turnout for the monthly Chapter meeting in July.  Gordon Perry of SAM, Inc. came up from Austin to give a eyepopping presentation on one of the newest technologies being utilized in the geospatial world…..mobile mapping  Lively discussion followed the presentation.  50 attendees.


---Vaya con Dios to Charlie Redd…Long time Chapter 5 member and present Chapter Director Charlie Redd informed Chapter President Raul Wong recently that Charlie and his wife are relocating to the Hill Country, to the west of San Antonio.  Although Charlie won’t always be In our midst, we have a feeling he may drop us a line on his whereabouts and doings.  Best luck to Charlie!


---Flower Mound High School student takes 2nd Place in National Trig*Star Event…

Recently graduated Tyler Fugere of Flower Mound High School (Lewisville ISD) placed second in the National Trig*star event.  Tyler was the Texas state winner, and recently was honored at the June Chapter 5 meeting as the local Chapter 5 area winner.  For the National event, Tyler was one of 34 competitors.  His plans are to attend Texas A&M this fall.  John Pierce oversees the Trig*Star activities for Chapter 5.


---TSPS Geocache Update, submitted by Charlie Redd

Update on the TSPS Geocache site at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum in Waco: Click Here for a map showing the counties the TSPS Ranger Star “travelbug" has visited since March of 2009. This one was asked to visit all the counties in Texas; it has traveled to 14 counties hitting some more than once. With 254 counties in our great State, it has several left to visit. To date it has traveled over 1,300 miles (1,303.6 miles to be exact).  It is presently hiding out in Lamar County waiting for someone to pick it up.

link is http://www.geocaching.com/track/map_gm.aspx?ID=2000013    (-----link may not work, you may need to sign in www.geocaching.com   (user name TSPS  password 43560).  

Our second travelbug is marked missing after finding its way up to Wyoming; it had several adventures along the way that can be read in the log of events.  Those folks who have been in contact with the TSPS geocaches have had fun with our Texas Surveyor related travelbugs.


---2010 Teachers Retreat Financials…while not “official”, it appears the financial cost to Chapter 5 for co sponsoring the 2010 Educator’s Retreat at North Lake College with Chapter 2 will be about $1,500.00.  Additionally, there is about $4,000.00 that was donated to the TSPS office for the Retreat, and the Retreat Organizing Committee recently voted to put forth a motion at the upcoming TSPS Board Meeting in Frisco (Aug. 21) that those funds be “set aside for the use by Chapters 2 and 5 for additional local Retreat events within the next 3 years”.  We’ll see where that goes!


---New TSPS website…our state association has recently undertaken efforts to upgrade and modernize the TSPS website in an effort to better serve members.  While still ongoing, when the dust settles it should offer everyone more resources and better communications.  Take a peek at www.tsps.org         



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    Opportunities for You….



    ---Chapter 5 Ballot for 2010-2011…a ballot has been prepared by the Nominating Committee and will soon be available for members to select their leaders for the upcoming year.  Voters will be asked to select a 2nd Vice president, as well as two new 2 Year Directors.  New Chapter Officer Installation will take place on Tuesday evening, September 14th, at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant, with incoming TSPS president John Watson doing the Installation.  Be sure to come out and share with this “changing of the guard”, as Chapter 5 continues onward as a leader among Chapters within TSPS.  We will not be jointly meeting with Chapter 2 for this event as we have in the past, as they have decided to have their own Installation.  Click here for a Chapter 5 Ballot.


    ---Certified Survey Technician test date set….the next scheduled exam date for any of the Certified Survey Technician levels has been scheduled for Saturday August 14th at the West Campus of North Lake College.  This certification program is a great way for your paraprofessional staff to document their skill levels, both for office and field personnel.  You can download a practice test on the NSPS website via the CST link:                           (www.nspsmo.org ). For information regarding any aspect of the testing, contact John Pierce at 214-532-1667.


    TSPS Strategic Planning and Quarterly Board Meeting in Frisco…This year TSPS is holding its annual Strategic Planning event at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco on Friday August 20th.  The event is held so TSPS leaders, Committee members, and interested members can gather, discuss ideas, develop plans, and set a course for the upcoming year, and beyond.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know other professionals from across the State, and to work together to keep the association headed down the right path.  All are encouraged to participate.  And don’t forget that on Saturday August 21st the various committees will meet in the morning to go over their respective items and issues (Education, Standards, Ethics, GIS, Public Relations, SkillsUSA, etc.).  Input from members is vital, so try to come out and take part, your opinion and ideas are essential to the success of the association.  On Saturday afternoon, the TSPS Board of Directors will meet to conduct Society business in an open atmosphere, where again all members are welcome to attend and participate.  This is a great opportunity for Chapter 5 members to meet the TSPS leaders of today and tomorrow, work with other Surveyors to better the association, and see the outstanding work that takes place by Committees working on a variety of issues to benefit members.  Chapter 5 Representative Chris Freeman will be representing Chapter 5 at the Board Meeting.


    Skills USA/Duncanville High School Survey Program…Bart Burnett is anxious for the new school term because the Survey Program there has great expectations for the coming year.  The students and Bart want to “ramp it up” and take the program to a higher and more challenging level.  This is going to be a great opportunity for Chapter 5 members to continue to lead the SKILLS survey programs, both statewide, and now even nationwide.  More news is sure to follow, but this will be one of the greatest opportunities for Surveyors to influence the future of the profession, so strap on your boots, boys!


    Membership…a recent inquiry to the TSPS office in Austin revealed that there are currently 188 members in Dallas Chapter 5, down 31 from last year.  As renewals come around towards the end of the calendar year, make an effort to renew, and encourage your professional and paraprofessional staff to join, too.


    North Lake College Fall Semester Survey Courses….It’s not too early to start preparing your staff/employees to the opportunities for advanced education.  Several survey classes will be offered at the North Lake College- West Campus in the Fall.  These are college credit courses recognized by the TBPLS and transferrable to other university programs across the State of Texas.  Further, Dallas Chapter 5 has monies available to assist students with their textbook purchase.


      --Monthly Meeting Program/Speaker ideas?  If you have an idea regarding a Speaker or meeting Program, contact Program Committee Chairman Paul Mannel (817) 293-1914.  Good programs mean good attendance and greater activity.


    Newsletter Contributions

    If you would like to offer an article or share some news or information, you are more than welcome to do so.  The Newsletter is a service to Chapter 5 members, and your contributions are encouraged.  Whether it is a technical offering, a historical article, or just a neat photo or link that might be of interest to our members, please forward it for inclusion so that all may enjoy.


    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on Thursday October 15th at the TSPS Annual Convention and Exhibits in Houston at The Westin Galleria Hotel..  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.  Check the new Board website for information and meeting agenda (www.txls.state.tx.us ).


     ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on Saturday August 21st, 2010 in Frisco at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.

    ---Future annual convention dates and locations

                     2011 – Embassy Suites, Frisco – Oct. 6-8

                     2012 – Embassy Suites, San Marcos – Oct. 11-13

                     2013 – Sheraton, Arlington – Oct. 31-Nov. 2

                     2014 – Westin Galleria, Houston – Nov. 1-3

                     2015 – Sheraton, Dallas – Nov. 12-14

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             2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

               August 10   Pam Kersh, ESRI: GIS for Surveyors

               September 14   Installation of New Chapter Officers

               October 13-16  59th Annual Convention & Technology Exposition (Houston)  

               November 9   TBD

               December – Christmas Party?!?!?

    Chapter 5 Meetings are held at:
    Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
    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 @ 7:30

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    Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!

    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, Dal-Tech, Bohannan Huston, Inc., R Delta Engineers, Winkelmann & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry,  Lamb-Star Engineering, Gonzalez-Schneeberg, Stantec, and Halff Associates.


    Archived News Letters:

    Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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