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Thought for the Day….
--“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful
people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” --Conrad
Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament…the results are in!
On April 25th, the TSPS
Dallas Chapter 5 sponsored the 10th Annual Tim Mireur Golf
Tournament. This event has grown over the years in both participation and
sponsorship. This year there were 84 players and 10 Hole Sponsors. This
was an outstanding turnout considering the economy and how it has affected
This tournament was initiated 10 years
ago by a handful of local surveyors wanting to play golf in a somewhat
organized manner. Now each year the number of players varies from 80-100,
which 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, networking,
and strong camaraderie.
This year was as good as it gets.
Starting out the morning with a homemade Tex-Mex breakfast sponsored by
Rene Ortiz and Precise Land Records! There were several ladies
there that morning (and preparing the night before, I’m sure) preparing
and serving the meal. They outdid themselves, and everyone left fat and
happy for a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.
After play, everyone returned to the
clubhouse for a fantastic lunch from Texas de Brazil. Nothing like
massive quantities of meat to fill a hearty appetite!
After lunch we completed the event by
presenting awards and door prizes. The 1st Place team was
comprised of Bud Hodgin, Jeff Vick, Curtis Smith and Jon Cooper.
Runners Up were Rodney Walsh, Sue Stewart, Paul Carlson and Dave
Rowlett, and the 3rd Place Team was Dan Flaherty,
Tom McKeever, Doug Mikeworth and Brian Meyer. There were other
awards given including the Longest Drive which was won by Chris
Cox. Not only did Chris get a prize, but he also was given the “holy
grail” of this tournament, which is a hard-hat with a tee and TSPS golf
ball on top…quite the shelf decoration.
Another accolade for this tournament
is that part of the proceeds are now given to Dallas Chapter 5 to be used
strictly for scholarships and education. These monies will be used to pay
for some 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:
ARS Engineers, Inc.
Fulton Surveying, Inc.
Geomatic Resources LLC
Lina T. Ramey &
Lone Star Record &
Abstract Services, Inc.
Midwest Architects &
Engineers Supply, Inc.
The Wallace Group, Inc.
TSPS Chapter 2
Western Data Systems,
Thanks to these sponsors, we are
better able to promote and support our growing local survey classes.
Besides Precise Land Records, there
are Special Thanks that need to go out to a few more individuals and
companies. Richard Ortiz and Lone Star Record & Abstract provided
additional funds for prizes for the 1st Place participants.
John Nicholson and Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply also
provided the trophies, an additional drink ticket for each player, and
several more door prizes. These companies went above and beyond!
a Special Thanks needs to go out to Sue Stewart and Fulton Surveying,
and TSPS Chapter 2 (Fort Worth) 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 or overlap of students
and instructors for these classes. Participation from both Chapters is
really a win-win for our profession.
After the dust has settled and the
expenses were paid, the Chapter netted $2,000.00 to go towards our
local surveying Education. If you or anyone is interested in speaking
to someone about how these scholarships are awarded, please contact either
John Pierce (214.631.7888) or Chris Freeman (972.226.8181 ext 106). Or
you can contact any one of the Chapter’s many active members and they can
head you in the right direction.
Thanks again for everyone who
participated, and another Special Thanks to our sponsors!!
I look forward to our 11th Tournament next spring.
Sean M. Flaherty
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
ad, please contact Chris Freeman (972-226-8181).
TSPS-5 Advertisers should be encouraged to send
advertisements in .JPG format at 72dpi/ppi
Business card sized at 2" * 3.5"
Half page ads sized at 5.5" * 4.25"
Full page ad's 11" * 8.5"
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Other file formats will require reformatting and take longer to post.
Advertisements may be sent as stand alone HTML based web code. For more
specific web based advertising details please contact Chris Freeman at his email
Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address:
Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of
Advertising prices are listed on the
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In the Rearview
April meeting had a strong turnout, with 40+ attendees. Scott
Stockburger, P.E., was our Guest Speaker. He presented a nice program
on Sub Surface Engineering and how surveyors are involved in the accurate
mapping of those utilities.
---SkillsUSA State Survey Competition
was held in Corpus Christi on April 2-4. The Chapter 5 school,
Duncanville High School, had two 3 person teams competing out of a total of
7 teams statewide. Duncanville H.S. teams placed First and Fourth, and the
Birdville H.S. team placed Third (remember, Chapter 5 donated a Total
Station to them last Fall). In addition, Chapter 5 had good representation
with members Richard Ortiz and Chris Freeman assisting with judging
and monitoring of the survey field exercises (Traverse and Level Loop).
Several Dallas area firms were able to quickly contribute and donate items
for “goodie bags” for the 21 student competitors and 4 Faculty Advisors.
Special thanks to the following firms assisting with this endeavor, and for
Richard Ortiz delivering the box of items to Corpus Christi: Lone Star
Record & Abstract Services, Dallas Aerial Surveys, Halff Associates,
Geomatic Resources, Bohannan Huston, AECOM, Western Data Systems, Lina T.
Ramey & Associates, Carlson Desktop Solutions, and TxDOT Corpus Christi
District. What an outstanding effort by Chapter 5 area firms!!!
--- Chris Freeman and Bill
Coleman represented TSPS at the televised Duncanville ISD
School Board meeting on April 13th, where TSPS Chapter 5 was
recognized for its support of the Duncanville High School Skills/USA survey
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school’s SKILLS USA SURVEYING PROGRAM. We hope that
with enough interest and local support an after school work program can be
formed to insure the students’ success. Any Surveying and/or Engineering
Firms interested in assisting with this internship should contact
Richard Ortiz at 469.471.2036.
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Technician exam prep classes continue…..
The next CST exam date is set for Saturday May 9th.
Now is the time to get registered and prepared for the exam. Contact John
Pierce for details/info.
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.
Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….
LOST & FOUND!
I found some surveying equipment along Ridge Road (FM 740) on Friday evening
02/20/2009 and it was still there on Saturday morning so I took it home with me.
I would like to return this to its rightful owner. Please call/email me with the
proper description and I will arrange to get it back to you.
Jason D. Thompson, RPLS
Out On the Horizon….
The next Chapter 5 meeting will
be held Tuesday May 12th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant
on Lover’s Lane. Guest Speaker will be Jack Avis, RPLS who will
present insight on utilizing GIS in our everyday business flow. Come join
us for good food, great camaraderie, and good info for successful business
Chapter 5 goes racing at Lone Star
Park in Grand Prairie on Saturday May 30th. This year
our package is simplified…$13 ticket to the enclosed air conditioned sky
boxes. Food and drinks on your own. Always a fun event for family and
friends alike. Contact Robert Schneeberg (972-516-8855) for ticket
for Event Info.
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:
May 12 --- Jack Avis: GIS as a Survey Tool
June 9 --- Glenn Breysacher/Wayne Terry: Vacancy in Garland?
July 14 --- Rob Hathaway, Delorme GIS: Geocaching for fun
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
Thanks to the following
Full-Page Ad subscribers: Midwest A&E,
Precise Land Records,
Record & Abstract, Geomatic Resources,
WDS, GeoShack, and
Be sure to support
our friends at these firms, they support us!!
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