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Thought for the Day….
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you
plant.” --Robert Louis
"What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than
how valuable we are.” --Edgar Z.
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
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In the Rearview
---The May meeting had a strong turnout,
with 40+ attendees. Jack Avis, RPLS, traveled up from Austin to be our
Guest Speaker. He presented a nice program on GIS and how Surveyors should
be utilizing it in their everyday business. Barton Burnett (Duncanville
H.S.) presented an Award of Recognition to
Richard Ortiz for his many hours
of service to the Skills/USA program
at the school.
---Three individuals took the
Certified Survey Technician Level 1 exam on May 9th, including 2
high school students. One of the high school students and another
examinee passed. The high schooler is a student at Duncanville High
School, and was a member of the 1st Place Team at the Skills/USA
Survey statewide competition held in April.
--- Some 60+ Chapter 5 members,
family, and friends ventured out to
Lone Star Park on
Saturday May 30th to enjoy a day at the races. Organized by Robert
Schneeberg, good time was had by all. Some small fortunes were
made, and then lost, ….so no one was able to hang up their surveying
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The current session of the
Texas Legislature has ended.
Bills that affected TSPS members included HB
1667 (GIS Disclaimer) and HB 3114 (Increased CEU requirement) had both
passed in both the House and Senate, but due to politicking and
stalling, many bills, including the referenced bills,
did not make it through the process to
So, at this time neither of the bills is law
SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups
The Study Group will be inactive for the next few months
since the recent exams were just concluded in late April. The Saturday
group study sessions most likely will reconvene in August, in preparation
for the scheduled October exams. In the meantime, anyone anticipating
taking either of the October exams should utilize the next few months
organizing their study materials and getting a jump on their preparations.
You can never start preparing early enough.
You can also keep track of group meetings and access study
material through the following two Yahoo groups:
Contact Jason Jernigan (214-346-6204) for information
regarding the Study Groups and schedule.
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SAVE TEXAS HISTORY!
General Land Office Historic Preservation Program
Created by Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in
2004, the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History Program is a highly
successful initiative to conserve the historic maps and documents of the
very history that binds those documents together.
The Texas General Land Office Archives was first
compiled just after the Texas Revolution and now contains over 35 million
documents dating back to 1720. The Archives is considered one of the
premier state resources for historical research and serves as the repository
for Texas land records and maps.
The conservation process for these historic documents
is a delicate and time-consuming one. For most maps, the treatment includes
removal of surface dirt, water baths, deacidification, flattening, mending
tears, reducing stains, removing old repair materials such as tape and
varnish, and replacement of old backings with special Japanese Kozo paper.
Through this process, the GLO has already saved hundreds of historic maps.
But at least 400 more maps still need your help.
Next time you’re in Austin, stop by and visit the Map
vault at the General Land Office. You’ll find a surveyor friendly staff,
and you’ll be amazed at the number of incredibly beautiful maps. Walking
out of the GLO office without purchasing a couple of maps is hard to do.
For more info on the GLO and the Save Texas History Program, refer to these
www.savetexashistory.org (you can access the archived stories as told by
our old friend Ben Thomson, past Director of Surveys for the GLO) and
www.glo.state.tx.us . Additionally, “This Week in Texas History”
can be accessed locally via KVCE Radio 1160AM.
Out On the Horizon….
meeting will be held
at the Cantina Laredo
Restaurant on Lover’s Lane.
Guest Speaker will be
Breysacher, RPLS (City Surveyor for
and Wayne Terry, RPLS, LSLS who will present a program on a possible
Vacancy they discovered while surveying in
We will also honor the recent Trig*Star
winners and their teachers at the meeting.
Come join us for good food, great
camaraderie, and interesting professional food for thought and
TSPS Public Relations Committee is
Soliciting Your Input
The State PR Committee, chaired by
Chapter 5’s Chris Freeman, is asking for your input, ideas, and suggestions
for a project. The Committee is putting together information to make
available to members and their firms related to Frequently Asked
Questions. The idea is that you could have a link on your website or a
printed brochure available for your clients and/or the general public that
explains different aspects about a survey, types of surveys, survey
requirements, etc. so that people desiring survey services can better
understand the process. But, without input from members, this effort will
not be as strong as it could be. Forward your ideas to Chris Freeman via
firstname.lastname@example.org so that the Committee can incorporate your ideas in
their efforts. FYI, Chapter 5 has a FAQ link on our website. Take a look
at it for ideas.
No Committee Reports submitted.
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 June 12, 2009. The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to
attendees of their meetings.
---next TSPS Board Meeting to be
held on June 13, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Austin. The Annual
Ray Wisdom Benefit Auction will follow the meeting, and is always a fun
event for Surveyors, family, and friends with good eats and cold
refreshments. A BBQ Cook-off contest is part of the event, so organize your
it a Priority
Click here for links to
various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.
CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:
June 9 --- Glenn Breysacher/Wayne Terry: Vacancy in Garland?
July 14 --- Davey Edwards: Resources at the General Land Office
August 11 --- Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates: Forensic Surveying
September ? --- Joint Meeting with Chapter 2
October 22-24 --- TSPS Annual Convention in Austin
November 10 --- Leon Curtis: Flood Elevation Certificates
Chapter 5 Meetings are
Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
(Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
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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