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 January 2011                                                             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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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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Congratulations are in Order….New RPLS’s and SIT’s
Recent results as posted by the Texas Board of professional Land Surveyors show several successful Registrants and certified Surveyors In Training from the Chapter 5 area. Among the new Registered Professional Land Surveyors who successfully passed the October examination are Desiree Hurst, Teresa Myers, and David Minton. Additionally, newly certified Surveyors In Training include Craig Bartosh, Dennis Donaldson, and Nathaniel Schroer. Chapter 5 members congratulate all of you, and hope you see the value in joining our professional association and being active in the Dallas Chapter. The above named candidates were all invited to the January Chapter meeting to be introduced and recognized, and to enjoy a meal courtesy of TSPS Dallas Chapter No. 5.

In the Rearview Mirror…

2010 is behind us, and surely everyone looks forward to the New Year bring increased opportunities for our businesses. The one constant in life is CHANGE, so accept that and be ready to deal with that. Surveyors are accustomed to change, as technology is always evolving. New rules are upon us from the TBPLS related to our required CEU’s. The economic environment is increasingly challenging and competitive, which in the end should make us more efficient and productive. So, adios to 2010, and best of luck to all in 2011.

---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.


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    Opportunities for You….

    ---Calling all Surveyors!!! WE NEED YOU AND YOUR GPS EQUIPMENT The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) is organizing a “Survey America” event for Saturday March 19. Essentially the event will try to have Surveyors across the United States simultaneously occupy and observe by GPS as many survey monuments (benchmarks) as possible. Press releases and newspaper articles will be dispersed in conjunction with the event to bring awareness of the survey profession and TSPS, and the contributions from the profession to society. Chapter PR Committee Chairman Chris Freeman will be organizing the information for Chapter 5 members, so stay tuned and plan on being part of something BIG!

    ---Damage Prevention Summit If you are in the neighborhood, you may want to try to attend the 2011 Damage Prevention Summit in San Marcos on February 1 and 2. In particular, there is a Utility Mapping & Marking Workshop that should be of interest for Surveyors. If you attend, be sure to look for the TSPS booth, as they will be there to help bridge the gap between the Surveying community and the Utility Line Locators. Summit Website: http://summit.digtess.com

    ---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 replaced Sandy Smith, who recently retired. Several amendments to Rules were posted recently in the Texas Register.

    ---Skills USA/Duncanville High School Survey Program… Chapter 5 SkillsUSA 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.

    ---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.

    ---James Harkin from the Texas General Land Office will be our Guest Speaker in February.

    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 11th at 9 am in Austin. The TBPLS awards CEUs 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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    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

    2011 Special 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


    Monthly 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

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    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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