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

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Thought for the Day….

   --Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

         – Art Linkletter

 

  --If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.

        -- Cavett Robert

     


Welcome new members! 

 Chapter 5 has gained a couple of new members to the family.  Joining Chapter 5 are Travis Rolbiecki and Juan Martinez.  Welcome to Chapter 5, we look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings and having your input as the Chapter continues forward.





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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 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…

  - No Committees submitted reports before the Newsletter was posted.

 


Texas Independence Day…submitted by Charlie Redd

March 2, 1836:

The Myth and Meaning of Texas Independence

 By Dr. Stephen L. Hardin

Professor of History The Victoria College

Victoria, Texas   

 ... Why should modern Texans observe the events of 163 (174) years ago? Why should they stop for a moment every March 2 to reflect on the meaning of Texas Independence Day?

The first reason is historical - this day marks the creation of the Republic of Texas. For almost a decade Texas existed as a sovereign nation. It exchanged foreign ministers with other countries; it had a national army and navy (though neither was especially effective); it maintained a national currency (though, to be sure, the money was never worth much). When Texas joined the Union in 1845, it did so as a nation and thus demanded rights not accorded to mere territories. By order of Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress, Texas retained possession of its public lands. So large was the landmass of Texas, the same resolution allowed Texas to divide into as many as five states. In 1850 Texans did, in fact, sell a portion part their western holdings to pay off the debt incurred during the Republic period. Since then, however, they have been reluctant to part with even so much as an inch of their sacred soil - the resolution notwithstanding. Texas nationalism has proved stronger that political expediency.

The second reason is psychological, perhaps even spiritual. The Republic of Texas was an ephemeral empire. Like the spring bluebonnets, it bloomed, blossomed, and blanched with the sands of time. But also like the state flower, its scent lingers in the hearts and imaginations of every Texan. A moment ago I referred to Texas nationalism. Many outside the state would, no doubt, find that remarkably pretentious, but those who live here understand the truth of it. Texas existed as a nation for ten years; Texans got used to the idea; and nationalism is a difficult habit to break. The novelist John Steinbeck perhaps said it best:  

 Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.  

March 2 is a day to celebrate Texas distinctiveness. Now I'm not saying that Texans are better that other folks, but I am saying that we're different. And if a people consider  themselves different, they are. March 2 should be to Texans what St. Patrick's Day is to the Irish. But what if you are a Tejano?  Should you want to celebrate the day that Texas separated itself from Mexico?  You bet! Even as early as 1835,  Tejanos were distinctive from other Mexicans. The ranching culture that developed in Texas produced its own clothing, its own music, its own customs, and its own food. Gringos call it "Mexican food," but all one has to do to put the lie to that assertion is to eat the food in the interior - or try to. It is rather bland and not nearly as good as the Tejano food (we might as well call it what it really is) right here at home. We sometimes call it Tex-Mex, but in truth, it's all Tex and precious little Mex. It is found nowhere else on earth. How many things might we say that of? Tejano music is not Mexican; it is not American. It is Texan and is found nowhere else on earth. Tejanos also speak a variety of Spanish called Tex-Mex. But try using it in Mexico City, or worse yet, in Seville. Again, it is a unique language and is found nowhere else on earth. Truth is if you're a Texan - be you brown, black, white, yellow, or red - you don't rightly belong anywhere else. Steinbeck nailed that too. "A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner," he observed. That applies to Tejanos as much as, probably more than, other Texans. After all, whose family has lived here the longest? Even today it is common to hear natives claim to be "Texans first, Americans second." It is impossible to believe that they would feel that way had the Texas Republic never existed. There in Washington on that cold, windy day in March of 1836, delegates, both Anglo and Tejano, shouted to the world that they were different. Not Mexican were they, not American, but something else. They were, they insisted, TEXIANS. They gave birth not only to a dream, but also to a mystique. Not all Texians wanted to join the Union in 1845. Early settler, ranger, and Indian fighter, Robert Hall spoke for many of the old breed. "I was opposed to annexation," he groused, "and voted first, last, and all time for the Lone Star." The degree of Texas nationalism may be a matter of debate, but it is perhaps significant, that even when they joined the Union, the old Texians could not bear to part with their cherished flag. And even today, the banner of nation continues to swell over the Lone Star State.      


 
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In the Rearview Mirror…

--- We had a great turnout for our February monthly meeting to welcome new TSPS President Alan McLain.  Alan provided the 50+ attendees with a nice overview of where TSPS has come from, and where the Association is headed.  He was also very complimentary of the efforts of Chapter 5 in being a leader in the Skills USA program and other educational outreach initiatives.                                       

 

 -- The District 6 SkillsUSA Survey Competition was held on Friday February 5th at Duncanville High School.  Four 3-person teams and one 2-person team competed, with the top 2 teams advancing to the State competition on March 26 in Corpus Christi.  Chapter 5 had several volunteers overseeing the local event.  SkiilsUSA Committee Chairman Jerry Lehew is organized the Chapter efforts, with assistance from Brad Sparr, Richard Ortiz, Raul Wong, Jr., Randall Marshall, and Chris Freeman.

 

--- The TSPS Quarterly Board Meeting was held in Austin on Saturday February 27th.  Chapter 5 members in attendance included Paul Hubert, Richard Ortiz, and Chris Freeman.  The annual budget was approved, but it was plainly evident that there are severe budget constraints that will be affecting the Association for some time to come.  Membership is down, likely a result of the sagging economic conditions.  Committee work was fast and furious Saturday morning, preceding the afternoon Board Meeting. 

 

---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 ).   

 

 


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    Opportunities for You….

      ----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.  Some of the Guest Speakers have already committees, including Keynote Speaker Brian Autio.  Also speaking are Nedra Foster and Darrell Shine.  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!

     

     

     --SIT & RPLS Study Groups…..

    The RPLS study group ONLY will meet this Saturday, March 6, from 8am-noon at Halff Associates’ Richardson office (see attached map).  The SIT group will meet next Saturday, March 13.  As always, there is no charge for the groups and breakfast is provided for those who RSVP.  Please RSVP to me by replying to this e-mail.  jjernigan@halff.com

     

    At the last meeting on February 20, the RPLS group reviewed material for the Legal portion of the exam while the SIT group concentrated on photogrammetry. 

     

    You can keep track of group meetings and access study material through the following two Yahoo groups.  We’ve had a lot of Spam in the Yahoo groups lately so I’ve restricted who can become a member.  This won’t affect you if you’re already a member, but I will have to approve any new people who want to join.  Approval could take up to a day.   

     

    RPLS Study Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

     

     

     

      --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 June 5, 2010 in Austin.  The Annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ will follow the Board Meeting.  Stop by and partake of the proceedings and the Committee work, as this is the governing body of your organization.  The BBQ/Auction is a fun family event.

     

    ---Future annual convention dates and locations were approved by the TSPS Board of Directors:

    2011 – Embassy Suites, Frisco – Oct. 6-8

                     2012 – Embassy Suites, San Marcos – Oct. 11-13

                     2013 – Sheraton, Arlington – Oct. 31-Nov. 2

                     2014 – Westin Galleria, Houston – Nov. 1-3

                     2015 – Sheraton, Dallas – Nov. 12-14

     


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    UPCOMING CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:

             2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    •            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 (May 1st at the BrickYards)

    •            4th Annual TSPS Educators Retreat @ North Lake College, June 15-17

              
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    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:

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    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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