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Words of Wisdom
Arguing with the Records Clerks is like wrestling with a pig in the mud ... after a while, you realize that the pig is enjoying himself.
" - posted on the wall at the Hansford County, TX Clerk’s Office
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 May, we will meet at the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison at Midway and Belt Line.
In the Rearview Mirror...
The April Chapter meeting was a joint meeting with Chapter 2 in Arlington. It had been several years since our last joint meeting, mostly due to Chapter 2 wishes not to hold such an event. But with the Annual Convention coming back to Arlington this October, it made sense to get everyone together. TSPS Executive Director D J Kyle was present to update attendees on the arrangements that have been completed, as well as to point out the remaining items that need to be accounted for in order for a successful event to occur. The Chapter 2/Chapter 5 joint meeting on Monday night generated a *huge* turnout! It was fantastic to see everyone. Special guests included Angela Strong (wife of TSPS President Curtis Strong) , TSPS President-Elect Shane Neally, and TSPS Director Dempsey Hannah.
Here are some quick highlights from the presentation by TSPS Executive Director DJ Kyle:
- TSPS membership cards will no longer be distributed. Since you can now sign up for TSPS events and courses on tsps.org using your e-mail address as your username, your card and member number are no longer necessary.
- The TSPS membership directory is on the verge of going to press. The layout is done, and this useful tool should soon, for the first time in years, be in the hands of the membership.
- It is still important to keep an eye on happenings in the Legislature. (Note that SurPAC donation forms were included in the latest issues of The Texas Surveyor and Metes and Bounds. SurPac donations of +/- $120 were collected at the meeting.
- Although a Convention keynote speaker has yet to formally commit, the courses are set, and planning for social events is in full swing.
It was also mentioned at the meeting that the deadline for award nominations is rapidly approaching. Please see p. 6 of The Texas Surveyor or p. 4 of Metes and Bounds for more information. The meeting had +/- 40 attendees.
According to John Pierce (Chapter 5), the CST exam will be given on May 11, at the West Campus of North Lake College. You may sign up through TSPS ( http://tsps.org/calendar/cst-exam-dfw-airport-texas-0 ) by April 22 or at www.nsps.us.com by May 1.
NSPS April 2013 Governmental Affairs Update...
Click Here for a recap of recent NSPS Governmental Affairs news affecting Surveyors. The information was provided by TSPS Executive Director DJ Kyle, who attended the NSPS Conference recently.
Also, TSPS members are being asked whether they are in favor of joining NSPS at the rate of $40 annually. The option would apply to all registered members of TSPS, and the membership fee would be added to your TSPS membership dues. Joining individually would cost about $220 annually, so it would appear to be a pretty good deal. NSPS is the national organization representing Surveyors, especially as it relates to legislative issues. All state organizations are being asked to take advantage of this opportunity in an effort to increase the voice of the surveying profession.
The 2nd Annual Chapter 5 "free" Ethics/TBPLS Rules Seminar was held on April 12, and it went off without a hitch. TBPLS Investigator Garey Gilley was the presenter, and he did a great job of going through the major proposed rule changes. We had a total of 57 people attend the seminar, and they receive 4 CEUs for completing the seminar. TSPS gained 5 members – 3 late renewals and 2 brand new members. The total cost was around $435 ($373.02 for food plus around $60 for the Titleist Pro V1x golf balls presented to Garey as a thank you). Our budget was $1,000. We also passed the hat for SurPAC and raised $322. Overall a very successful event. Hats off to Jason Jernigan for his efforts in making this a successful event for Chapter 5 members, and an example to other Chapters of the benefits that TSPS can provide its members.
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 80golfers 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.
Chapter Committee Report
PUBLIC RELATIONS: (Gary Matthews): The south branch of the Garland Public Library once again presented 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. Click here for a link to Gary’s photos.
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): The CST exam will be given on May 11, at the West Campus of North Lake College. You may sign up through TSPS ( http://tsps.org/calendar/cst-exam-dfw-airport-texas-0 ) by April 22 or at www.nsps.us.com by May 1.
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.
CHAPTER REP: (Chris Freeman): 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.
SKILLS USA State Survey Contest: The team from Duncanville High School took first place, and will return next year as a favorite since they are NOT a senior team. The three person team included 2 sophomores and one junior. The junior is Jessica Escobar who earned her CST Level One last year. The other two are German Lopez and Andrew Lopez, who were on her team last year, too. Both German and Andrew scored over a 70 on the written exam this year and are eligible to take the CST Level 1 exam this year! They were told by judges they had the highest combined written score they have ever seen at contest! Duncanville H.S. students and faculty advisors continues their strong showing in the Skills USA Surveying competitions. Much credit for this year’s success must go to ex-Chapter 5 member Randall Marshall, who did an excellent job the past two years as Chapter Skills USA Committee Chairman until his departure to the Houston area in February for new opportunities. Congratulations to all!
On the Horizon ...
WATER & TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
HB 11, the bill appropriating $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to a state water plan implementation fund, was killed on a procedural point of order on the House floor on Monday. But even before that, it was clear that the bill did not have the 2/3 majority required to pass. It was opposed by Tea Party-oriented Republicans opposed to any spending from the Rainy Day Fund, as well as by Democrats who want Rainy Day fund money for education and chose to hold the water funding hostage for that.
However, several efforts are underway to resurrect the water funding measure, likely in another bill.
For those members in the transportation market, it is time to contact your own state representative if you are interested in more funding in this area. The bill that will generate additional funds is HB 3664 by Rep. Drew Darby. This bill raises vehicle registration fees by $30 for passenger vehicles and by $40-60 for heavier commercial vehicles. Rep. Darby intends to amend the bill on the floor to include a transfer of a piece of the growth in the motor vehicle sales tax from the general revenue fund to the highway fund. These steps would generate $750 million to $1 billion annually that would be dedicated to the design and construction of free-access, non-tolled highways and would be a step toward rebuilding the state's pay-as-you-go system.
The opposition to HB 3664 is largely from Republicans opposed to any fee increases, even for programs such as transportation that have historically been funded by user fees. The ACEC Texas State Legislative Committee urges you to contact your state representative immediately by phone, email or fax and let them know you support HB 3664. If you do not know who represents you, you can find out by going to www.capitol.state.tx.us and entering your address in the "Who Represents Me" box. The message is
Please support HB 3664 which is expected to come before the House of Representatives next week. HB 3664 is a balanced approach to funding our highways through registration fee increases and transfers of general revenue, all dedicated to the planning and construction of free-access roads. This is a critical first step toward restoring our state's pay-as-you-go highway funding system.
Water and transportation infrastructure are critical for our state's prosperity. It is time for the Legislature to act on these issues.
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 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. Chapter 5 has ponied up $450 to donate to the auction, which benefits survey education scholarships through TSFI.
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.
Safety First…..Make it a Priority
Click here for links to various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.
2013 Chapter 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE
|May 14||Brian Thompson, Leica, will provide a hands-on terrestrial laser scanning demo|
|June 11||Representative of Texas 811 will update on issues related to Surveyors.|
|September 10||New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Shane Neally|
|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
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 4||BoD Meeting and Ray Wisdom Benefit Picnic & Auction, Austin|
|August 10-11||Strategic Planning & BoD Meeting, Kerrville|
|October 30-November 2||TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington|
Chapter 5 Officers
Chapter 5 Committee Chairs for 2012 - 2013
|Justin Waldrip, RPLS
|Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS
||1st Vice President
|Andy Dobbs, RPLS
||2nd Vice President
|John Pierce, RPLS
|Robert Schneeberg, RPLS
||2 year Director
||2 year Director
|Mark Yale, RPLS
||1 year Director
|Gary Matthews, RPLS
||1 year Director
|Jason Jernigan, RPLS
|Chris Freeman, RPLS
|Mark Williams, RPLS
Month of May Events in Texas History (gonetotexas.com)
1536 - Cabeza de Vaca and three of his men reached San Miguel in what is now New Mexico after being stranded on the Texas coast for eight years.
1541 - Francisco Vázquez de Coronado crosses the Texas Panhandle in search of the seven cities of Cibola.
1598 - Thanksgiving is held near present-day El Paso by Juan de Oñate, the members of his expedition and natives of the region.
1689 - Spanish Gen. Alonso de León's expedition finds the remains of Fort St. Louis. Fearing French intentions to lay claim to Spanish territory, the Spanish begin establishing missions and settlements in East Texas.
1836 - Santa Anna and his army were captured on this day at San Jacinto, near Houston. The battle lasted eighteen minutes, but the results were timeless...Texas was now free from Mexican rule.
1837 - Houston became the second capital of the Republic of Texas. It was the capital from April, 1837 to April, 1839.
1864 - The last attempt by the Union Army to invade Texas was on this day, known in history as the Battle of Mansfield.
1871 - Texas A & M was created by the Texas Legislature. Two hundred thousand dollars was set aside for it.
1883 - Texas Ranger, John Coffee ’Jack’ Hayes died. He was a scout, surveyor, soldier in the War with Mexico, soldier in the Battle of Salado among other things. He served his state well.
1898 - The United States declared war on Spain. During this war Teddy Roosevelt organized his Rough Riders at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Some have said they have even seen Teddy still at the hotel beckoning others to join.
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