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

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 Words of Wisdom

" What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson

" I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players. " - Knute Rockne

" Let us endeavor so to live that when we pass, even the undertaker will be sorry. " - Mark Twain

Texas and National Surveyors Week  March 17-23
Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed March 17-23, 2013 as Texas Surveyors’ Week, encouraging “all Texans to recognize the dedicated service of these outstanding professionals and the importance of their work.”

Texas Surveyors’ Week is being held in conjunction with National Surveyors’ Week, which is held during March of each year. This week long awareness campaign is conducted to educate the public on the contributions and functions of land surveyors in local communities, the State of Texas, and across the country. You can view the proclamation HERE.

Chapter 5 will participate again this year with a Survey Display at the South Branch of the Garland Library. Chapter PR Committee Chairman Gary Matthews is leading the efforts to this very popular display, which includes a variety of survey tools, instruments, maps, books, and artifacts. Stop on in for a visit.

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The February Chapter meeting was an interesting meeting and the Guest Speaker, Dan Smith, was well received. He spoke on the history of the Bankhead Highway, the first “southern route’ version of a coast to coast highway built in the early 1900’s. Interestingly, the highway cuts across Texas from Texarkana to El Paso, passing through the metroplex. The meeting had +/- 35 attendees on a rainy north Texas night.

SURPAC donations collected at the meeting totaled $118. Although the Texas Legislature is in session and we are prevented from making political donations, it is important that we continue to collect monies for future donations. Failure to do so will put us at a distinct disadvantage to other competing (and better financed) interests. Do your part to contribute to the cause.

VAYA CON DIOS, AMIGO….hitting the dusty trail…Randall Marshall is moving on to a new opportunity in Houston, and will be leaving Chapter 5 at the end of February. Randall has served the Chapter in a variety of ways, most notably as Skills USA Committee Chair and also as a Director. He will be sorely missed. Best wishes to Randall with his new endeavor.

    1. TSPS Board of Directors 1st Quarterly Meeting

    The TSPS 1st Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting was held on February 16 in Corpus Christi. Chapter Rep Chris Freeman attended, as did newly elected Director Jerry Lehew. Chris was nominated to replace a vacant Director position (Jim Gillis), and was subsequently elected for the remainder of that term (through the convention). So, Chapter 5 now has 2 Directors on the Board of Directors.

    The annual budget was approved, and it is the first non-deficit budget in several years. Due to a combination of reduced spending, cost cutting, renegotiating of terms for conventions, etc., our budget for 2013 is a positive one. Great credit goes to the members tasked by President Curtis Strong with digging through the many facets of the budget, and to our Executive Director DJ Kyle, who used her financial background to find ways to stretch dollars and save dollars.

    Of particular interest to Chapter 5 members is our ongoing issue regarding membership status. Rest assured, our President, the Directors, and Executive Director are all aware of the unfortunate situation that assigns Chapter membership based on their domicile address. Many Chapter 5 members live in counties not geographically within Chapter 5 boundaries (i.e., Denton County), but they work in Dallas and have forever identified themselves as Chapter 5 members. The TSPS Constitution and Bylaws Committee is addressing this and other issues, and their amendments will be approved by the Board of Directors at a future meeting, and put to a vote by the general membership at the Business Meeting held at the Annual Convention. So, the feeling is the issue will be rectified in time for renewals next year.

    As far as the 2013 legislative session, there is currently no proposed legislation being offered by TSPS. There are, however, possible TBPLS proposed rule changes yet to come, following their public hearing scheduled for February 28 at 2 p.m. The next TBPLS meeting is scheduled for Friday March 1 in Austin. The TSPS Governmental Affairs Committee is recommending that HB661 be pulled.

    It was noted that the Sunset Commission staff recommendation to have the Engineer and Architects Boards undergo another review in 2019 (coinciding with the TBPLS Sunset review) was not passed. Instead, those Boards were extended out 12 years to 2025, and the feeling was that this was a sign that consolidation of licensing Boards was not a priority or a target. Good news, if true!

    Surveyors should be aware of potential rule changes from the Texas Railroad Commission amending Chapter 18. Essentially, these amendments affect work done within gas and oil pipeline rights of ways. No public hearing is currently scheduled, but if your business is involved in this type of work you should pay attention.

    2. Chapter Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 2/26/13

    Call to Order
    Chapter 5 Executive Committee (ExCom) meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Justin Waldrip. Present were Andy Dobbs, John Pierce, Gary Matthews, Robert Schneeberg, Pat Baldasaro, Jerry Lehew, and Chris Freeman.

    Mr. Waldrip reminded the ExCom members in attendance the first quarterly chapter reports were due on January 22nd and to please submit committee reports.

    Committee Reports:

      1. Membership – Richard Ortiz
      The Chapter is updating the membership roll as it was learned there are substantial long time members who have not renewed.

      2. Education – John Pierce
      Mr. Pierce reported that six surveying classes were offered this spring semester at North Lake College, but only two classes made. The two classes to make this semester are SRVY 1315 – Surveying Calculations and SRVY 2305 – GIS Applications.

      Mr. Pierce said that we are still awaiting word from the state about Trig*Star, but normally we will send out 166 letters to every high school in the seven county area around the first of February.

      Mr. Pierce reminded everyone that the next CST exam would be offered on May 11th.

        a. Seminars – Jason Jernigan
        Mr. Jernigan named Garey Gilley as the speaker for this year’s Free Acts, Rules & Ethics Seminar. The seminar was determined to be on Saturday April 13 at North Lake College. Mr. Jernigan informed everyone that Mr. Gilley would not accept an honorarium fee for presenting. Because of the savings passed on by Mr. Gilley we will be able to use some of the money earmarked for the seminar to afford catering this year.

      3. Public Relations – Gary Matthews
      Mr. Matthews also informed the ExCom about the Garland Public Library surveying equipment display in March and April.

      Gary also shared that he has been in contact with Richland College staff regarding a summer STEM camp.

      A motion was made and carried for the Chapter to pursue sponsorship opportunities with the camp as a means to get a foot in the door. Gary will also continue his conversation to see how the Chapter may involve itself.

      4. Skills USA –
      Skills District 6 Competition will be held on March 1st at TSTC in Waco, and Justin Waldrip was planning on attending.

      5. Convention Committee – Richard Ortiz, Andy Dobbs, & Robert Schneeberg
      A joint meeting with Chapter 2 with TSPS Executive Director DJ Kyle is scheduled for the evening of Monday April 15 at the Arlington Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant. Sounds like most the seminar speakers have been finalized.

      6. Treasurer’s Report – John Pierce
      Mr. Pierce did not have a current statement available, but stated that the Chapter accounts were healthy. State dues had not arrived yet.

      7. With Randall leaving, Justin Waldrip will be appointing someone to fill the term which expires this coming September.

      3. Chapter Committee Reports…

PUBLIC RELATIONS: (Gary Matthews):

March-April survey equipment display
The south branch of the Garland Public Library will once again present Chapter 5's display of antique-to-not so-old surveying equipment and associated information just in time for National Surveyor's Week. We're told the surveying display is one of the most popular the library presents, and the display will run all of March and April at the library's request. If you're in Garland, please drop by to see it.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce):

A CST exam will be offered on May 9th.
The Dallas Chapter will send out 166 letters to every high school in out seven county area about Trig*Star around the first of February. We normally have ten or twelve schools take part and look forward to having another State Trig*Star winner.

John reported the following financial information at the January 8 Chapter meeting: $21.63 in cash on hand; $3627 in the General Fund; and $5327 in the Scholarship Fund. John expects approximately $2000 to be deducted from the Schoalrship Fund once the Spring Semester courses at North Lake College begin (late January). John also stated that the Chapter has not yet received its Dues allotment payment from the State.

CHAPTER REP: (John Pierce):
See the attached report of the 1st Quarterly Board Meeting.

If you have an issue that you would like to take to the TSPS state leaders, feel free to contact Chris and he will help guide you in that process. Also, be aware that Chapter 5’s own Jerry Lehew is a TSPS Director, and can assist members with state related issues. Jerry is also the TSPS Liaison to the TBPLS, so if you have a question or issue related to the TBPLS, then Jerry is a good source for such matters. Chris was elected to serve out the term of Jim Gillis, who now serves as VP.

   On the Horizon ...

FREE (to Chapter 5 RPLS’s) 4 CEU hour Ethics/TBPLS Board Rules Seminar will be presented by TBPLS Investigator Garey Gilley on the morning of Saturday April 13 at the DFW learning Center (same site as last year). This is a great benefit to members, and Chapter 5 is the only Chapter to offer this benefit.

The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 1 at 9 a.m., 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).

The next regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas. Following the Board Meeting, the annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ will take place at nearby Richard Moya Park.

Sean Flaherty has made the arrangements for the 2013 Chapter 5 Golf Tournament. The date is Saturday April 27 at The Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. Registration info and sponsorship opportunity info will follow once details are finalized. Sean does a tremendous job organizing this popular event that benefits the Chapter 5 Scholarship Fund.

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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Meeting Dates
March 12 Viewing of 1980's TSA film, "Surveying, Texas Style"
April 15DJ Kyle, TSPS Executive Director (Joint Meeting with Chapter 2, this meeting will be held at the Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant in Arlington).
May 14Brian Thompson, Leica, will provide a hands-on terrestrial laser scanning demo
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

Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, April 27 @ The Brickyard G.C. in Ferris

Chapter 5 free* 4 hour Ethics Seminar April 13 8a.m.-noon @ DFW Learning Center (*free to Chapter 5 members)

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.

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

May 4BoD Meeting and Ray Wisdom Benefit Picnic & Auction, Austin
August 10-11Strategic 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 adobbs@pkce.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
Vacant 1 year Director
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 Vacant
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan

Month of March Events in Texas History (from the Texas Almanac)

-March 1836 -- The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by members of the Convention of 1836. An ad interim government was formed for the newly created Republic of Texas.

-6 March 1836 -- Texans under Col. William B. Travis were overwhelmed by the Mexican army after a two-week siege at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio. The Runaway Scrape began.

-10 March 1836 -- Sam Houston abandoned Gonzales in a general retreat eastward to avoid the invading Mexican army.

-27 March 1836 -- James Fannin and nearly 400 Texans were executed by the Mexicans at the Goliad Massacre, under order of Santa Anna.


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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