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June 2013 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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 Words of Wisdom

" A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones that need advice. " - Bill Cosby

" Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. " - Vince Lombardi

" No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather. " - Michael Pritchard

New Meeting Location... PLEASE TAKE NOTE
After nearly ten years of meeting at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lovers Lane in Dallas, we were informed that the restaurant would be closing and unable to serve us any longer. So, please pay attention to the Meeting Notices until a permanent home can be found. For the June 11th meeting, we will meet at the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison at Midway and Belt Line.(southwest corner)

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The May Chapter meeting was our first away from our longtime venue at Cantina Laredo (we lost that location due to redevelopment of the shopping center). But the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison served us well in our transition to find a permanent home for our monthly meetings.

Brian Thompson from Leica was the Guest Speaker, and he provided a live scanning demo for the 30+ attendees, and answered questions on terrestrial scanning technology, software, and hardware.

A motion was made by Paul Hubert to authorize spending $500 on SEFT to assist with the Survey Camp at Tyler Junior College (June 9-11). The motion was passed by voice vote.

The 2013 Chapter 5 Golf Tournament was held on Saturday April 27 at The Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. Sean Flaherty and his army of volunteers once again organized a fun event, with 80 golfers partaking. The weather was cloudy and cool, clearing later on. Good time was had by all, and Sean reported that the event will probably raise $2500 for the Chapter scholarship fund. Following a final audit, Sean will provide his annual accounting of the event. Thanks again to all who participated in making this a successful and fun event. Below is the report submitted by Golf Tourney Chairman Sean Flaherty, and CLICK HERE for tourney photos:

14th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament Recap
On April 27th, the TSPS Dallas Chapter 5 sponsored the 14th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s event hosted 80 players and 14 Hole Sponsors. This was a great turnout.

This tournament was initiated 14 years ago for some camaraderie with the local surveyors. The tournament continues to grow in popularity each year, and now includes family members, clients, vendors and suppliers, engineers, architects, and other professionals and non-professionals in our industry. It is not only a chance to play golf with some buddies and/or co-workers, but a great avenue for building client relations and networking.

This year kicked off with breakfast tacos sponsored by Richard Ortiz and Courthouse Research Specialists...great start to the day. Then after play, everyone returned to the clubhouse for a fantastic lunch from Texas de Brazil.

After lunch we completed the event by presenting awards and door prizes. The 1st Place team was comprised of Tylor Bottoroff, John Pierce, Chris Matteo and Tom Flaherty, Runners Up were Mike Lewis, Chris Little, Kyle Harris and Jessica Harris, and the 3rd Place Team was Scott Hall, Shawn Wiser, Robert Young and Richard Ortiz. Additional awards given included the Longest Drive which was won by Chris Cox. Of course Chris also received the “holy grail” of this tournament, which is a hard-hat with a tee and TSPS golf ball on top…nice touch.

The largest accolade for this tournament is that a portion of the proceeds are given to Dallas Chapter 5 and designated for scholarships and education. These monies will be used to pay for survey-related classes, books and calculators for our local survey students. This is a tremendous opportunity to promote our industry and enhance the awareness of land surveying at the local level.

Every year we have several companies and individuals that sponsor this tournament. This year the Hole Sponsors included the following:

Bury and Partners DFW Inc.
Courthouse Research Specialists
Dal-Tech Engineering, Inc.
Geomatic Resources LLC
Halff Associates, Inc.
Jaster-Quintanilla Dallas LLP
JBI Partners, Inc.
Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc.
North American Western Data Systems, Inc.
Stanger Surveying Tyler LLC
Surveying and Mapping, Inc. (SAM)
The Wallace Group, Inc.
TSPS Fort Worth Chapter 2

Thanks to these sponsors we are better able to promote our local survey classes.

We need to give Special Thanks to Duane Horning and GeoShack (previously Midwest). They give extra each year and this year was no exception, with them providing the 1st Place prizes (putter and wedges), 1 additional drink tickets for each player, and several more door prizes. They always go above and beyond!

We would also like to recognize TSPS Fort Worth Chapter 2 for assisting in this fundraiser, and promoting these survey classes and students. With Dallas and Fort Worth being so close in proximity, there is a lot of overlap of students and instructors for these classes. Participation from both Chapters is a great testament to that partnership.

Once we balanced the income and expenses, the Chapter netted $2,689.22 to go towards Education. This is the sixth year that this tournament has provided funds to local scholarships, and the total amount donated for these 6 years is $15,568.97. That is really fantastic!!

If anyone needs more information on how these funds are designated, please contact either John Pierce (214.631.7888) or Chris Freeman (214.979.1144).

Thanks again for everyone who participated, and another Special Thanks to our sponsors!! I look forward to our 15th Tournament next spring.

Sean M. Flaherty
Tournament Chair

Chapter Committee Report

PUBLIC RELATIONS: (Gary Matthews) Author and historian Susanne Starling, an old friend of Chapter 5 and all surveyors, has contacted Chapter 5 regarding a potential fun opportunity at Heritage Park in Dallas. On November 9th, in conjunction with a Boy Scout event, Susanne is having discussions with City of Dallas officials about Chapter 5 providing a frontier surveying re-enactment/demonstration. More details will be supplied when they become available.

Chapter 5 will also be involved in a high school STEM summer camp at Richland College, and discussions include increased participation in future years.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce): A summer survey course is being offered at North Lake College, and the Fall semester course offerings will be available According to John Pierce (Chapter 5), the next CST exam will be given in early September, at the West Campus of North Lake College. You may sign up through TSPS ( http://tsps.org/calendar/cst-exam-dfw-airport-texas-0 ) or at www.nsps.us.com

TREASURER'S REPORT: (John Pierce): John reported the following financial information. The General fund has $6753 and the Scholarship fund has $3765. Those totals reflect the following expenses: Trig*Star $ 97.00 so far, still need to print and mail Certificates; Ray Wisdom auction $ 450; Scholarships granted this semester $1010 and $500 to STEM at Richland College, with all expenses paid so far. At a June 3 ExCOM meeting, the Chapter authorized spending $500 on the SaGES conference, a gathering of survey textbook authors. The event will be held at Tyler JC this month.

CHAPTER REP: (Chris Freeman): The state TSPS leadership is pleasantly pleased that the recently completed regular legislative session ended with no major negative impact upon surveyors. Several proposed pieces of legislation died, were withdrawn, or otherwise went away before coming to a head. Members are reminded to remain vigilant through the Special Session. But the lesson to take away is that a strong and united voice remains the best strategy with legislative issues, as well as a concerted effort to engage our local legislators so they know who we are and what role we play in our society.

SKILLS USA State Survey Contest: Summer time means a break from the action. TSPS has been asked to provide Surveyors to the TIVA conference, in which high school faculty learn about surveying and how to incorporate it in the school curriculum.

Scattershooting….sorry, out of ammo. Got something to share???

   On the Horizon ...

New Chapter leadership is on the horizon, with elections due to occur in August and new officer installation in September. While Justin Waldrip will be winding up his year, incoming President Pat Baldasaro is probably lining up his plans and strategy for his tenure. Two new Directors will also be elected, so any members interested in serving at the Officer level and/or at the committee level are always encouraged and welcomed.

The next TBPLS Board Meeting Meeting is scheduled for Friday June 14 at 9 a.m. in Austin, and 4 CEUs are awarded to attendees of TBPLS Board meetings. At that meeting, the proposed rule changes should be adopted. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us).

The next regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on August 10 at the Y. O. Ranch Hotel in Kerrville, Texas.

SIT and RPLS Study Groups
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 date nears. Soon a schedule will be out for the preparation for the upcoming April exams.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

Don’t Forget…Annual Convention in 2013 will be held in Arlington at the Sheraton Convention Center. Chapters 2 & 5 will co-host the event for the second time in 3 years. Richard Ortiz will be the co-Chair for the Convention Committee to plan the event. So there will be many opportunities for members to volunteer to help plan for the best convention ever.


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Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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June 11Representative of Texas 811 will update on issues related to Surveyors.
July 9TBD
August 13TBD
September 10New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Shane Neally
October 8TBD
No Meetings in November and December

Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month. Our new temporary location (at least for May meeting) is the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison:

Spring Creek Barbeque
14941 Midway Road (at Belt Line)
Addison, TX 75001
Phone: 972-385-0970
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program to follow.

If you have an idea for a Meeting, let Pat Baldasaro (972-250-2727) know so he can schedule it.

TSPS 2013 Board of Directors Meetings & Events Calendar

August 9-10Strategic Planning & BoD Meeting, Kerrville
October 30-November 2TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington

Chapter 5 Officers

Justin Waldrip, RPLS                President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS 1st Vice President pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
Andy Dobbs, RPLS 2nd Vice President andy.dobbs@kimley-horn.com
John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
Robert Schneeberg, RPLS 2 year Director Robert.schneeberg@gs-engineers.com
Richard Ortiz 2 year Director rich@crstex.com
Mark Yale, RPLS 1 year Director myale@dunaway-assoc.com
Gary Matthews, RPLS 1 year Director rpls5574@gmail.com
Jason Jernigan, RPLS Past President jjernigan@halff.com
Chris Freeman, RPLS Chapter Rep cfreeman@ltraengineers.com
Mark Williams, RPLS Communications markw@rsh.com

Chapter 5 Committee Chairs for 2012 - 2013
Education John Pierce
       -SkillsUSA Justin Waldrip
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan

Month of June Events in Texas History

June 19, 1865 - Gen. Gordon Granger arrives at Galveston to announce that slavery has been abolished, an event commemorated today by the festival known as Junteenth. June 26-29, 1928 - The Democratic National Convention is held in Houston, the first nominating convention held in a Southern city since 1860. June 6, 1936 - Texas Centennial Exposition opens at Dallas' Fair Park; it runs until Nov. 29. June 1943 - A race riot in Beaumont leads to a declaration of martial law.


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 (214-979-1144).

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Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Dallas Chapter No. 5
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