TSPS Chapter 5 wishes you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 December 2009                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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Thought for the Day….

--"He who wants the rose must respect the thorn.

         – Persian Proverb          


   --“Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, it’s about how to dance in the rain .

        -- Unknown



Season’s Greetings to All,


hopes for a Prosperous New Year!    

REMINDER:       Don’t forget to renew your Membership!


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).

TSPS-5 Advertisers should be encouraged to send advertisements in .JPG format at 72dpi/ppi

Business card sized at 2" * 3.5"
Half page ads sized at 5.5" * 4.25"
Full page ad's 11" * 8.5"
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.PDF are acceptable but require re-formatting which may affect final image quality.

Other file formats will require reformatting and take longer to post. Advertisements may be sent as stand alone HTML based web code. For more specific web based advertising details please contact Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of each month.

Advertising prices are listed on the TSPS-5.org Pro Listings page.



Renewal Time ….

Membership Renewal Notices are out.  Take a minute to renew, and encourage your para professional staff to join.  The TSPS staff works hard to provide value to its members on a variety of levels.  Remember, with any volunteer organization, the organization is only as strong as its membership.  Be active, your contribution and service helps keep our Society strong and progressive.  TSPS is recognized nationally as one of the leaders among all of the surveying associations.


New Chapter Officers set to Lead Chapter 5 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.


Committee Reports…

 --Public Relations Committee  Chairman Chris Freeman reports that Chapter 5 was represented at a Career Day event at Sellers Middle School (Garland ISD) on November 11.  Chris spoke to three eighth grade classes, each with 25 students, showing the TSPS Survey video and answering questions about the profession and its career opportunities.


The Committee is also working to have a video produced about the successes of the SkillsUSA high school programs, specifically at Duncanville High School.  Discussions are ongoing with faculty at Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland.  Bart Burnett and his students will be the “stars” of the video.


The Committee has also been successful in establishing a relationship with a high school in the Waxahachie ISD, and for arranging for an equipment donation to the school.  Chris arranged for TSPE to share in the donation with TSPS Chapter 5(see article under Opportunities for You).


The Committee reports that the Duncanville ISD Newsletter recently featured several of the SkillsUSA survey students from Duncanville High.  The article also promptly mentioned the support and assistance that has come from TSPS.


Mountain View Community College has recently taken steps to begin a Civil Engineering degree program, and through the urging of Bart Burnett (Skills USA Faculty Advisor at Duncanville H.S.), Land Surveying is to be an integral part of the program.  Chris Freeman has been invited to participate on the Advisory Board.  Lots of potential here, as this would be a second Dallas County Community College to offer survey related courses.  Stay tuned for developments and opportunities.


No other Committees submitted reports.

In the Rearview Mirror…

--- November meeting had 45 attendees to hear an informative presentation on the new Elevation Certificate requirements.  Guest Speaker Leon Curtis of the Texas Water Development Board delivered a nice program with very important information to those who prepare such documents.  A recent TBPLS hearing dealt with issues related to inaccurate Elevation Certificates in the Beaumont area, where entire subdivisions were apparently erroneously mapped due to a benchmark issue.  The resulting harm to the public was substantial. 


      --- Click here for November Meeting Minutes (provided by Jason Jernigan)


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    Out On the Horizon…

     --North Lake College Spring Semester course offerings…Plan ahead for the Spring semester with the following six survey related courses that will be offered for college credit.  It is important that the classes continue to be promoted and that employees be encouraged to enroll.  Chapter 5 has been generous to students who apply for assistance with course textbook and supply expenses.   Contact Education Committee Chairman John Pierce for info (214-631-7888).  Click here for info.


     --2010 Teachers Retreat: Planning has begun for the 2010 Teachers Retreat, which will be hosted by North Lake College, and jointly sponsored by TSPS Chapter 5 (Dallas) and Chapter 2 (North Central).  The dates are set, June 15-17.  With an expected 40 high school educators attending, the hope is to 25-30 Surveyors committed to volunteer some of their time during the Retreat to assist in the various activities that will familiarize the teachers with what Surveyors do.  Heading the Chapter 5 team in new Director Colin Henry, so let Colin know how you can help put on a nice event.  There are classroom activities, as well as field exercises planned.  And more than anything, it is just casual interaction between Surveyors and educators that go such a long way in sharing who we are and what we do that will really dictate the success of the event.  Be a part of it!


    Opportunities for You….

      --SkillsUSA Survey Program at Duncanville High School:  Barton Burnett, Faculty Advisor, is requesting assistance from Chapter 5 members to assist his 5 “survey crews” in their preparation for upcoming competitions.  Generally, he needs volunteers to come and provide instruction and guidance for the students in field activities and overall surveying instruction.  Do you have 1 hour a week, from 3-4 pm, that you could spend with 8-12 students, going over questions they have related to surveying?  It would be great to have a pool of Surveyors that could share this great outreach with young students interested in our profession.  If you can be part of the Chapter 5 pool, please contact SkillsUSA Committee Chairman Jerry Lehew (972-442-5405) or Chris Freeman (972-226-8181).

    See a nice article from the Duncanville ISD Newsletter that highlights the SkillsUSA survey program and some of its students.  Click here.


      --Waxahachie Global High School, a new engineering and science magnet school, has requested assistance from Chapter 5 to provide 3 automatic levels with tripods and level rods for their start up program.  Chris Freeman solicited the support of the Dallas Chapter of TSPE to share this donation with TSPS Chapter 5.  Not only will this be a great gesture from Chapter 5, but it also will act as a fine example to the students and faculty of the school of how the two professional associations can work together for a great common cause.  The cost to Chapter 5 will be $442.50.  The equipment will be purchased from long time Chapter 5 supporter Midwest A&E.  There will undoubtedly be opportunities for Chapter 5 members to present survey demonstrations, career opportunity information, and surveying application presentations to students for many years to come.  Be a part of it.


    --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 Friday December 11.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.  Check the Board website for a location map (www.txls.state.tx.us ).


    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on Saturday February 27, 2010 in Austin.  Stop by and partake of the proceedings, as this is the governing body of your organization.



    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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    No December Chapter Monthly Meeting – Happy Holidays

     December 5 --- Advanced Survey Technology seminar presented by Bob Hysmith @ Double Tree Hotel-Campbell Center (8 approved CEUs).


             2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs being arranged)

               January 12

               February 9

               March 9

               April 13

               May 11

               June 8

               July 13

               August 10

               September 14

               No Meeting – Annual Convention in Houston October 21-23

               November 9

               December – No Meeting


             2010 Special Events Schedule

               Surveyors Week, March 21-27

               Race Day at Lone Star Park (Date To Be Determined)

               Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament (Date To Be Determined)

               4th Annual TSPS Educators Retreat @ North Lake College, June 15-17

    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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    Archived News Letters:

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    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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