November 2009                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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Thought for the Day….

--"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

         – Abraham Lincoln          


   --“There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.

        -- David W. Johnson

Remember our Veterans….


Be sure to take a few minutes to pause and recognize the service and sacrifices that our Veterans have provided for all of us.  There are several Chapter 5 members who are veterans from various campaigns.  And there are sons of current members who are currently serving our country: Daniel Bemenderfer, USMC, son of Fred Bemenderfer, is deployed in Afghanistan; John A. Melton, USN, and son of John L. Melton, is currently on his second tour and is stationed in the Middle East.  Remember these young men, and all members of our Armed Services, who through their duty allow us to live free.


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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Renewal Time ….

Membership Renewal Notices are out.  Take a minute to renew, and encourage your para professional staff to join.  The TSPS staff works hard to provide value to its members on a variety of levels.  Remember, with any volunteer organization, the organization is only as strong as its membership.  Be active, your contribution and service helps keep our Society strong and progressive.  TSPS is recognized nationally as one of the leaders among all of the surveying associations.


New Chapter Officers set to Lead Chapter 5 for 2009-2010

The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for the 2009-2010 term is as follows:

  • Raul Wong, Jr.        President

  • Jerry Lehew            1st Vice President

  • Jason Jernigan         2nd Vice President

  • John Pierce              Secretary/Treasurer

  • Jason Jernigan          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

  • SkillsUSA  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.


In the Rearview Mirror…

---The 2009 Annual Convention held in Austin on October 22-24 was another nice reunion and gathering of Texas surveyors, including many Chapter 5 members.  Among the Chapter 5 members seen roaming the grounds were: Jerry Lehew, David McCullah, Danny Middleton, John Pierce, Richard Ortiz, Robert Schneeberg, Tom Flaherty, Nijaz Karacic, Paul Mannel, Mark Yale, Alan Moore, Fred Bemenderfer, Randel Dobbs, Mark Williams, Jimmie Nichols, Glenn Breysacher, Wayne Terry, Brian Maddox, Paul Hubert, Mike Bearden, Eric Yahoudy, Ayub Sandhu, Mark Nace, and Chris Freeman, as well as many of our familiar local vendors.


---Congratulations to John Pierce for being awarded the Vern Wayne Hannan Memorial Community Action Award at the 2009 Convention.  The Award is given to a Registered member with outstanding civic and educational contributions to Community, State, and Profession.


--- The 2010 Annual Convention is scheduled for The Westin Galleria in Houston, and the 2011 Annual Convention is tentatively set for the Embassy Suites in Frisco.


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    Out On the Horizon…

    Certified Survey Technician testing has been scheduled for Saturdasy December 12th at the West Campus of North Lake College (@ the SH 114 and Freeport Pkwy area near DFW Airport in Irving).  For info, contact John Pierce at or see the information via the Education & Certification link on the state Society website


    Last Call for CEUs    TSPS will offer one last opportunity for DFW area Surveyors to receive CEUs before years end.  On Saturday December 5th, Bob Hysmith will present an 8 hour seminar on Advanced Survey Technology at the DoubleTree Hotel at Campbell Centre (the gold buildings at US 75 and Northwest Highway in Dallas).  More information and registration is available through  The course has been approved by the TBPLS for 8 CEUs.


    Opportunities for You….

    New Surveyor friendly website…check it out

    When you have a minute, check this website out .  It is a new website that contains short videos of Surveyors talking about Surveying.  Give it a look see.


    2010 Chapter Meeting Programs….Ideas, Suggestions?   If you know of a Speaker or have a topic that would make for a good monthly meeting program, by all means pass that information on to Program Chairman Paul Mannel so we can get it scheduled.  Good meetings begin with good meeting programs.


    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 Friday December 11, 2009.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.  Check the Board website for a location map ( ).


    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on February 27, 2010 in Austin.  Stop by and partake of the Committee meetings and proceedings, as this is the governing body of your organization.



    Safety First…..Make it a Priority

    Click here for links to various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.


    • November 10 --- Leon Curtis: Flood Elevation Certificates

    • December 5 --- Advanced Survey Technology seminar presented by Bob Hysmith @ DoubleTree Hotel-Campbell Centre (8 approved CEUs).

      **Remember, no December Chapter Meeting.  Happy Holidays!

    Chapter 5 Meetings are held 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
    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:

    Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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