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

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Thought for the Day….

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - Dale Carnegie

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Chapter Officers for 2010-2011
The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2010-2011 is as follows:

Jerry Lehew,             RPLS President
Jason Jernigan, RPLS 1st Vice President
Paul Mannel, RPLS 2nd Vice President
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer
Fred Bemenderfer, RPLS 1 year Director
Colin Henry, RPLS 1 year Director
John Melton, RPLS 2 year Director
Richard Ortiz , 2 year Director
Raul Wong, Jr., PE, RPLS Past President
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Representative


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In the Rearview Mirror…

---The November meeting had 30 attendees. Richard Ortiz from Courthouse Research Specialists gave a presentation on abstracting, and its connection to the survey profession.

---Ken Gold presented his “TBPLS: Technical and Professional Standards” seminar on December 4 in Farmers Branch. There were over 50 attendees. Ken is donating his speaker fee, after expenses, to be split between Dallas Chapter 5 and North Central Texas Chapter 2. Thank you, Ken!


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    Opportunities for You….

    ---Chapter 5 Committee Opportunities...any volunteer organization will only be as strong as the membership. Chapter 5 has a long history of being a “get ‘er done” Chapter, and is looked upon across the State as a leader in our association. There are a variety of opportunities for members to become active in different ways to help the Chapter promote the survey profession. Working on a Chapter committee helps progress these efforts at the local level, and even at the state level. A little work by many is more fruitful and less demanding that a lot of work by a few. Please consider working on a committee. Contact any of the Chapter 5 EXCOM members for information.

    ---News from the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying…There is a new Executive Director in place. Frank DiTucci has repaced Sandy Smith, who recently retired. Several amendments to Rules were posted recently in the Texas Register. Additionally, note the following requirement related to cemetaries:

    Texas Health and Safety Code;
    (a) A person who discovers an unknown or abandoned cemetery shall file notice of the cemetery with the county clerk of the county in which the cemetery is located not later than the 10th day after the date of the discovery. The notice must contain a legal description of the land on which the unknown or abandoned cemetery was found and describe the approximate location of the cemetery and the evidence of the cemetery that was discovered.
    (b) A county clerk may not charge a fee for filing notice under this section.
    (c) The county clerk shall send a copy of the notice to the Texas Historical Commission and file the notice in the deed records of the county, with an index entry referencing the land on which the cemetery was discovered.

    Additional information and filing forms can be found at www.thc.state.tx.us/archeology/aacemexist.shtml

    ---Skills USA/Duncanville High School Survey Program… Chapter 5 Skills USA Committee Chairman Richard Ortiz (214/994-9521) is organizing a team to assist with preparing the Duncanville High School survey students for the upcoming February 11th District 6 survey contest. The event will take place at the campus of Texas State Technical College in Waco, with the top 3 teams advancing to the state survey competition in Corpus Christi in early April. Volunteers so far include Justin Waldrip, Randy Hughes, Randall Marshall, and Scott Posey. If you’d like to assist, contact Richard for additional information.

    In related Skills news, the national Skills organization, at the request from several states, is leaning toward a national survey competition at the high school level. Arkansas, New Jersey, Kansas, and Illinois are interested in starting their own competitions, and the Texas model is what they are using. Paperwork was recently submitted to set in motion the steps necessary to stage a national survey competition. Meeting recently with Barton Burnett were TSPS members Bill Coleman, Jamie Gillis, Scott Posey, Chris Freeman, and Richard Ortiz. It appears in all likelihood that this June there will be a demo competition so that SkillsUSA administrators, faculty, and students can observe a typical survey competition event, with a “real McCoy” national competition set for June of 2012. Remember, all the Skills survey activities were born from the inaugural Teachers Retreat held in June of 2007. Chapter 5 has been a strong leader and supporter thanks to the commitment of its members.

    ---Career Day at Sellers Middle School…Jason Jernigan represented TSPS and the surveying profession at the December 1st Career Day event at Sellers Middle School in Garland. Jason was able to speak to three 8th grade classes of about 20 students each, describing daily activities of surveyors, potential salary, educational preparation, technology, and the everyday impact of surveying on the lives of citizens and communities. Jason also utilized a total station, demonstrating the technology surveyors use to solve the problems we encounter. These interactions are important for young students to learn of potential opportunities as they go forward in their lives.

    ---North Lake College Spring Semester Survey Courses….Several Survey courses will be offered for the upcoming Spring semester at North Lake College. Due to Dallas County Community College District rules, classes must have a minimum of 8 students for the class to “make”. The following survey courses constitute the pool of available courses offered: Introduction to Surveying, Survey Calculations, Survey Measurement, Legal Principles I & II, Land Surveying Applications, Land Surveying, Geodetic Surveying & Mapping, and GIS Applications. All of these courses are recognized by the TBPLS as college credit survey courses. All courses are taught by a current or former Registered Professional Land Surveyor. Chapter 5 assists students who work for TSPS members by providing reimbursement for books and/or calculators. Encourage your paraprofessional staff to enroll in a course for the coming semester. Click here for scholarship application.

    --Monthly Meeting Program/Speaker ideas? If you have an idea regarding a Speaker or meeting Program, contact Program Committee Chairman Jason Jernigan (214) 346-6204. 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.

    On the Horizon….

    ---TBPLS member Doug Turner will be the Guest Speaker at the January 11 Chapter meeting. Doug will be available to answer questions related to the new CEU requirements. The Chapter will be soliciting questions from members to forward to Doug (and other TBPLS members) so that accurate answers can be provided.

    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday December 17th in Austin. 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 of Directors Meeting to be held on Saturday February 5th, 2010 in San Marcos at the Embassy Suites at the TSPS 2011 Symposium.

    Chapter 5  Committee Chairs 2010-11

    Education John Pierce
           --SkillsUSA Richard Ortiz
    Nominating TBD
    Convention Planning TBD
    Membership Paul Mannel
    Audit TBD
    Programs Jason Jernigan
    Golf Tournament Sean Flaherty
    Day at Lone Star Park Robert Schneeberg
    Public Relations Chris Freeman




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    2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    December -  No Meeting. Enjoy the Holidays

    2011 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    January 11 – Doug Turner, TBPLS member
    February 8 – James Harkin, General Land Office
    March 8 – TBD
    April 12 - Mark Eder, TxDOT
    May 10 – TBD
    June 14 – TBD
    July 12 – TBD
    August 9 – TBD

    September 13 – Installation of New Officers by Davey Edwards
    October 5-8 – Annual Convention in Frisco @ Stonebriar Embassy Suites
    November 8 – TBD
    December – No Meeting due to Holidays

    2011Special Events

    Surveyor’s Week – March 13-19 (Survey USA???)
    Chapter 5 Golf Tournament – TBD
    Chapter 5 Day at Lone Star Park – TBD
    Annual Convention & Exhibits –co-hosted by Chapter 5 Oct. 5-8 in Frisco


    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 on 2nd Tuesday

    Thanks to the following Full-Page Ad subscribers: Midwest A&E, Lone Star Records & Abstract, Geomatic Resources,  Courthouse Research Specialists, and WDS.

    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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