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

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Thought for the Day….

--"Fear is that little dark room where negatives are developed...

         –Michael Pritchard          

 

   --“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and loks like work...

        -- Thomas Edison


Congratulations to new Registrant and SIT’s! 

Chapter 5 members extend their congratulations to several successful area exam candidates who recently passed their respective exams in October.  New RPLS: Justin Waldrip   and new SIT’s: Morteza Akhavanzadeh, Dustin Davison, and Kyle Whitis.  You have worked hard to achieve this, and we welcome you all into the brotherhood.       


Welcome new members! 

 A hearty welcome to new members to Chapter 5.   Joining the Chapter 5 family are: Mark Beshear and Rudy Santini





THANK YOU ADVERTISERS!

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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Business card sized at 2" * 3.5"
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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 Chapter 5 has donated 3 new automatic levels, with tripods and level rods, to a new engineering and science magnet high school in the Waxahatchie ISD.  Chapter 5 also involved the Dallas Chapter of TSPE to share in the equipment donation, and the equipment was presented to Instructor April Moon at a TSPE luncheon in December. Ms. Moon looks forward to having Surveyors come and present survey topics to her students.  A special thanks to Midwest A&E for their assistance.

 

Chapter 5 also has made a recent donation of several used 100 foot add chains to the Duncanville High School SkillsUSA program.  Lennie Lueker also provided some used survey software and user manuals  for the Skills program.  In addition, John Pierce recently delivered some used survey equipment that was donated by member John Vicain that included 2 transits, a Wild T1A, several tripods, chains, maps, and other assorted doodads.  Thanks John!  If you have old unused items lying around, contact any of the Chapter 5 Officers so that the equipment can be directed to one of the many schools that have survey and construction curriculum.  The profession receives great PR from such donations.  Currently 5 “survey teams” at the school are preparing for District level competition, with the 3 top teams advancing to the state competition to be held in March in Corpus Christi.  The District competition will be held at Duncanville High School on Friday February 5.

 

No other Committees submitted reports before the Newsletter was posted.


Invitation to former President George W. Bush…

 

  Chapter 5 extended an open invitation to George W. Bush to stop by the Cantina Laredo at any of the monthly meetings.  Attached is the response received from his Office.  Click Here.


In the Rearview Mirror…

--- 2009 was a tough year for many in the surveying profession.  Let’s hope that 2010 brings better opportunities for all of us.



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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.

     

    ---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) or Chris Freeman (972-226-8181).

     

     

     

     

    --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.

     

     


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    UPCOMING CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:

             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 (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:

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

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