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

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Thought for the Day….

--"The most important thing in communication is being able to understand what isn’t being said .

         Peter F. Drucker         


Welcome new members! 

 Welcome new members!   Chapter 5 has gained a couple of new members to the family.  Joining Chapter 5 are Kevin Buchanan and James Boutell.  Welcome to Chapter 5, we look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings and having your input as the Chapter continues forward.


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

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

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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.



Committee Reports…

  --Public Relations Committee  Chairman Chris Freeman reports that TSPS Chapter 5 received some great PR in an article that appeared in the Waxahachie Daily Light on January 17.  Chapter 5 assisted Global High School in securing some needed survey equipment.  Click here to see the article.  

No other Committees submitted reports before the Newsletter was posted.



Thank You Card from Waxahachie ISD Global High School

Click here to see the card that was sent by students and faculty at Global High School thanking Chapter 5 and its members for the recent equipment (Automatic levels, tripods, and level rods) donation to the school.  Also see the associated article that appeared in the Waxahachie Daily Light about the school’s program and its partnership with TSPS Chapter 5.




In the Rearview Mirror…

--- Monthly Chapter meetings got off to a great start in January with a strong turnout of 55 attendees to hear a very interesting and informative presentation on the Trinity River Corridor project by Rebecca Rasor from the City of Dallas.  Also, several new SIT’s and a new RPLS were introduced, congratulated, and treated to dinner by the Chapter.


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    Out On the Horizon…


    -- The District 6 SkillsUSA Survey Competition will be held on Friday February 5th at Duncanville High School.  Up to 5 3-person teams are scheduled to compete, with the top 3 teams advancing to the State competition on March 26 in Corpus Christi.  Chapter 5 will have volunteers organizing and overseeing the local event.  SkiilsUSA Committee Chairman Jerry Lehew is organizing the efforts.


    ---National Weather Service Storm Spotter School offered free in GarlandThe annual Dallas County Storm Spotter School will be held at the Granville Arts Center in downtown garland on Saturday, February 20, from 8:30am to 3pm.  The school is conducted by the Fort Worth Office of the National Weather Service (NWS).  These classes train amateur radio operators, city personnel, and other individuals to spot, identify, and report weather conditions that have or could produce potentially dangerous weather conditions.  These reports are then used by the NWS, news media, cities, and county to issue early warnings to the public.  The training includes both basic and advanced optics.  The training is open and free to the public.  For additional information, contact Mollie Rivas (972-781-7274) or John Galvin (972-781-7275).


    ---Certified Survey Technician test date set….the next scheduled exam date for any of the Certified Survey Technician levels has been scheduled for Saturday April 10th 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 ).   


     --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 have 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 is new Director Colin Henry.  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.  Volunteers will also be needed to monitor and judge the District Survey completion, to be held Friday February 5th at Duncanville H.S.  If you can be part of the Chapter 5 pool, please contact SkillsUSA Committee Chairman Jerry Lehew (972-442-5405..





    --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 Tuesday March 30th at 1pm.  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 and the Committee work, as this is the governing body of your organization.



    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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             2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    •            January 12  Rebecca Rasor, P.E. : Trinity River Corridor Project

    •            February 9  Alan McLain, R.P.L.S., TSPS President: TSPS in 2010

    •            March 9  Jim Bob Sims, DIGTESS Utility Line Locating Services

    •            April 13  TBD

    •            May 11   TBD

    •            June 8   TBD

    •            July 13   TBD

    •            August 10   TBD

    •            September 14  Joint Meeting with Chapter 2

    •            Annual Convention in Houston October 21-23

    •            November 9   TBD

    •            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 (May 1st at the BrickYards)

    •            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:

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

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