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June 2012 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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 Words of Wisdom

" Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome New Chapter 5 Members…
Chapter 5 continues to grow. Be sure you encourage your fellow employees and staff to join TSPS and become involved in the premier surveying network in Texas.

If you are an existing TSPS member, remember to renew your membership.

As of May, Chapter 5 had a total member count of 161, including 132 Registered members. Now is a good time to check with your co-workers and staff and encourage their involvement and membership in TSPS. Let’s see if we can’t get to 200 members in 2012.

  In the Rearview Mirror…

May 8 Chapter Meeting Recap: Attendees were treated to an always interesting discussion from Texas General Land Office Director of Surveys, Bill O’Hara. Bill updated attendees on issues and activities of the agency, and their impact on surveyors. A special treat was that Bill’s wife Gina accompanied him up from Austin. Gina gave a brief overview of her firm’s tie to the surveying profession (ANCO Insurance provides insurance options to Surveyors).

A recap of the May 5 TSPS 2nd Quarterly Board Meeting was provided by Chapter Rep and TSPS Director Chris Freeman (see report under Chapter Rep Report below in the Committee Reports section).

Members are reminded that the next TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on August 18 at the La Torretta Resort at Lake Conroe near Montgomery, TX (north of Houston), and that the annual Strategic Planning will occur August 16-17 at the same facility. Both events are open to any member of TSPS, and attendance and participation is strongly encouraged.

SURPAC donations at the May meeting totaled $133.00. The total for 2012 from Chapter 5 now stands at $801.00. Members should realize that with a legislative session looming and the political winds continuing the march to cut spending and limit the size of government, there is a very real likelihood of renewed consolidation efforts that will face surveyors. So, raising funds takes on much importance…please contribute what you can.

Committee Reports: were provided by various Chairmen:

MEMBERSHIP: (Justin Waldrip): Chapter 5 currently has 161 members in the following categories:

PUBLIC RELATIONS (Gary Matthews): John Pierce reports the following activity related to the Trig*Star program, a high school outreach. Due in large part to John’s relentless involvement, this initiative is undoubtedly the strongest Trig*Star activity of any TSPS chapter. The Dallas Chapter mailed 162 letters to every high school in the seven county area in January advertising Trig*Star, and 13 schools requested packets. Of the 13 schools, 9 returned the completed packets, with a total of 163 students participating, and a total of 8 scores of 100, which is low. The survey problem was tough. Jasper High School had the Texas State winner, a 10th grader named Angela Zhang, in a time of 19 minutes 40 seconds. Also due to a lack of volunteers from Chapter 2, we gave the Trig*Star exam to Guyer High School in Denton, with 71 students taking the exam, with 75 being the highest grade. So all in all, the Dallas Chapter gave the exam to 234 students.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce) John will administer the CST Level 1 test to 2 Duncanville H.S. students who scored more than 70 on the written portion of the Skills State Survey Contest back in March.

The next Certified Survey Technician testing is scheduled for Saturday September 8 at the DFW Education Center of North Lake College.

A reduced fee (for TSPS members) 8 hour CEU seminar is scheduled for Friday July 13. This first time event will be held at the Halff Associates office in Richardson, but also offered via telecast at any Halff Associates office across the State. The topic will be the History of the Texas Public Domain, presented by Terry Cowan, a licensed Surveyor and Instructor at Tyler JC. Details and registration is available via www.tsps.org homepage.

A summer survey course will be offered at North Lake College, SRVY 1341. Registration is ongoing, and scholarships are available. Contact John Pierce.

TREASURER’S REPORT: (John Pierce): General fund total is $2,713.00, and the Scholarship Fund totals $2,980.00.

Additional scholarship funds should be coming later following the Annual Golf Tournament.

SKILLS USA (Randall Marshall): The Texas State high school winning team from Mansfield High School is planning on attending the SkillsUSA National Convention in Kansas City in late June. They will be providing a demonstration of the Texas State Competition so that reps from other states can observe and take ideas back to their state for possible survey competitions.

PROGRAMS (Paul Mannel): Members are encouraged to submit ideas for Chapter meeting programs to Chairman Paul Mannel. A partial slate has been arranged, but a few dates remain available. Next up on June 12 is Sally Rodriguez from the City of Dallas. She will present what should be an interesting and informative history of White Rock Lake. Come join us.

CHAPTER REP (Chris Freeman): A recap of the May 5 TSPS 2nd Quarterly Board Meeting was provided by Chapter Rep and TSPS Director Chris Freeman. State Committee activity appears strong, particularly the Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Mickey Nowell. Information was presented indicating several potential legislative proposals that TSPS is working with the TBPLS:

1. A proposal to allow the TBPLS to have enforcement power without having to wait for the State Office of Administrative Hearing or the Attorney Generals Office. The Board has experienced long delays in enforcing findings due to the process at SOAH and the lack of resources at the AG office.

2. A proposal to open the Act to edit the testing component to reflect the new NCEES computerized format that will begin in 2014. This is a necessity due to new NCEES testing procedures.

3. A proposal to add a Paraprofessional category under the TBPLS oversight. This would essentially allow a non-degreed staff member some recognition by the Board. This proposal comes from a Task Force enlisted by TSPS President Davey Edwards to look into ways for non-degree holders to become licensed. This proposal raises many questions that will need to be addressed.

The TSPS Board of Directors voted to allow TSPS and Counsel Mark Hanna to proceed with working on those items, and that any and all items brought before the TBPLS would call for a Public Hearing so that ample and open discussion and comment on any proposed item would be available.

Five $1000 donations from SURPAC were approved for 5 legislators involved in primary contests. Roughly $3,000 remains in the fund. Mark Hanna has appealed to the TSPS membership to raise at least $12,000 before September 1 in anticipation for the 2013 Legislative Session, where consolidation of licensing boards again promises to be at the forefront for Surveyors.

The Selection Committee has narrowed its list of candidates for the TSPS Executive Director position. The TSPS Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting on June 2 in Austin to review the qualifications of the final candidates. The desire is to hire the new Director before Anne Glasgow leaves on June 28, so that a smooth transition can occur.

Nominations for State Board of Director positions are open. If you are interested in serving on the Board, or know of a worthy candidate willing to serve, please contact Chris Freeman or Nominating Committee Chairman John Watson.

TBPLS: Marcelino Estrada has been hired as the new Executive Director at the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying. The Board is working with TSPS on potential legislative items (see Chapter Rep Report above).

   On the Horizon ...

Save the Date…Saturday June 2, for the 13th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tourney
Golf Tournament Chairman Sean Flaherty has set the date for this year’s Chapter Golf Tournament for Saturday June 2nd at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. This very popular event draws nearly 100 participants each year, with some attending from as far away as Tyler, Waco, Ft. Worth, and Austin. The event is known as a fun activity, with unbelievable food and beverage, great prizes, and for raising thousands of dollars to benefit Chapter 5 educational activities.

A Special Meeting of the TSPS Board of Directors has been called for June 2 in Austin. The meeting will be held in Executive Session, open only to TSPS Board of Directors or their proxies. The meeting was called to allow the Board the opportunity to review the qualifications of the finalist for the TSPS Executive Director position and the terms of their employment, and to provide authority for TSPS President Davey Edwards to execute a contract with the new Executive Director. Chapter 5 Representative Chris Freeman will not be attending, and has designated Chapter 5 Past President Jerry Lehew to represent Chapter 5 at the meeting.

The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday June 8 in Austin, and 4 CEUs are awarded to attendees of TBPLS Board meetings. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us).

Chapter 5 is presenting a reduced fee 8 hour CEU seminar. History of the Texas Public Domain will be presented live by Terry Cowan, RPLS, and Instructor at Tyler JC at the Halff Associates office in Richardson on Friday July 13. Additionally, attendees can attend the seminar via simulcast at any Halff Associates office in Texas (Ft. Worth, Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, Austin). Fees are $120.00 for TSPS RPLS, $60.00 for any para-professional (no CEU’s awarded), and $220.00 for non-TSPS RPLS. A light breakfast and a lunch, as well as course materials, are included in the fee. This unique and innovative offering at a bargain price is provided as an incentive to those RPLS who are TSPS members.

The next regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the La Torretta Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe near Montgomery, Texas. Also, various committees will be meeting and discussing their activities in the morning, so it’s a great time to get involved and offer your expertise and energy. Chapter Rep Chris Freeman will be attending to represent Chapter 5. The annual Strategic Planning will occur August 16-17 at the same location, and is open to all TSPS members. If you have any matters that you would like Chris to take to the TSPS Board, feel free to contact him (972-226-8181).

SIT and RPLS Study Groups
The April testing is completed, and results will be approved at the June 8 TBPLS Meeting. But if you are preparing for either of the exams, the following study groups have proven very helpful for candidates in their preparation. The groups will typically meet in person as the exam day nears.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

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Chapter 5 Membership…Recruit a Member!
For 2011 there were 182 members of Chapter 5, including 137 registered members. TSPS encourages all Chapters to work at increasing their membership. Encourage your co-workers, staff, and colleagues to consider joining TSPS. Invite non-members to the meetings. As we witnessed during the past legislative session with the action related to the TBPLS, strength in numbers, with a strong and united voice, will be critical when we likely face the issue again during the 2013 Legislature. If all members would recruit one other member, Chapter 5 would double in size. Justin Waldrip (ARS Engineers, Inc.) is the new Chapter 5 Membership Chairman; contact him or any other Chapter Officer for information or guidance.


Meeting Dates
June 2 13th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament
June 12 Sally Rodriquez, History of White Rock Lake
July 10 Bill Johnson, Jr., "Past, Present, and Future of Aerial Photogrammetry"
July 13 8 hour CEU Seminar: History of the Texas Public Domain
presented by Terry Cowan at Halff Associates office in Richardson at reduced cost of $120.00 for RPLS TSPS members, and $220.00 for RPLS non-members, and $60.00 for para-professionals. Price includes light breakfast and a lunch. Click here for info and registration.
August 14 Mark Hanna will discuss the upcoming 2013 legislative session and update on sales tax of survey services
September 11 New Officer Installation by Curtis Strong
November 13 Mark Fox, National Weather Service Storm Spotter Program

Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month 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 to follow

TSPS State Meetings & Events Calendar
June 2 Special Meeting, TSPS Board of Directors, in Austin
August 17-18 TSPS Strategic Planning in Montgomery (north of Houston)
August 18 TSPS Board of Directors Meeting in Montgomery
October 10-13 Annual Convention in San Marcos
October 11 TSPS Board of Directors Meeting in San Marcos

Chapter Officers for 2012
The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2012 is as follows:

Jason Jernigan, RPLS                President jjernigan@halff.com
Paul Mannel, RPLS 1st Vice President paul.mannel@att.net
Justin Waldrip, RPLS 2nd Vice President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
John Melton, RPLS 1 year Director jmelton@ndmce.com
Richard Ortiz 1 year Director rich@crstex.com
Randall Marshall, SIT 2 year Director rmarshall@pkce.com
Gary Matthews, RPLS 2 year Director gmatthews@halff.com
Jerry Lehew, RPLS Past President jlehew@ntmwd.com
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Rep chris.freeman@woolpert.com
Mark Williams, RPLS Communications markw@rsh.com

Chapter 5 Committee Chairs 2011-12
Education John Pierce
       --SkillsUSA Randall Marshall
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Justin Waldrip
Programs Paul Mannel
Nominating Jerry Lehew


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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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, R Delta Engineers, Winkelmann & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry, Lamb-Star Engineering, Gonzalez-Schneeberg, and Halff Associates.

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

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