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November 2012 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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 Words of Wisdom

" If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? " - Coach John Wooden

VETERAN’S DAY…a time to pause and reflect on the many dedicated men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation in a multitude of ways. Be sure to pass on your thanks to any and all Veterans…whenever and wherever you cross paths.

  In the Rearview Mirror...

Due to the Annual Convention, no Chapter meeting was held in October.

The 2012 TSPS Annual Convention & Exhibits was held October 11-13 in San Marcos, and judging by the turnout it was a success. Seminar classrooms were full, the Exhibits Hall had a strong showing of vendors, and associated events (golf tournament, Ladies Auxilliary, Friday night BBQ, Gala, etc.) were well attended by TSPS members. It seemed as though the general consensus of attendees was that business was getting better, but seems as though everyone would welcome additional workload.

New TSPS Curtis Strong has taken the reigns from Davey Edwards, and Curtis is focused on TSPS closely monitoring the upcoming legislative session.

Chapter 5 member Jerry Lehew was elected as a Director to the TSPS Board of Directors, congratulations Jerry. Chris Freeman’s term expired, so Jerry will now be attending the TSPS Board Meetings. The 2013 schedule for TSPS Board Meetings is as follows:

February 16 Corpus Christi (Symposium)

May 4 Austin (Ray Wisdom Auction)

August 11 Kerrville (Strategic Planning)

November 2 Arlington (Annual Convention)

Chapter Committee Reports: were provided by various Chairmen:

PUBLIC RELATIONS (Gary Matthews): Chapter 5 will be attending the Sellers Middle School (Garland ISD) Career Day event in December to speak to 3 classes of 8th graders about the surveying profession and career opportunities. Chapter 5 has attended this event for the past 8 years. Gary is actively hunting libraries across the Chapter 5 area that might host a Survey Display. Historically, Chapter 5 has arranged for a Survey Display during March in conjunction with Surveyors Week. But with the enthusiastic response received by library staff and patrons, there is no reason the Displays could not be presented year-round, rotating around town. So, next time you visit your local library, take a look around to see if they offer displays, and if so inquire as to when Chapter 5 might have the opportunity to share the survey profession with their library patrons. If you have PR opportunities for Chapter 5, please coordinate them with Gary Matthews (214-739-4741).

EDUCATION: (John Pierce)

Next Certified Survey Technician testing is scheduled for Saturday February 9, 2013 at the DFW Education Center of North Lake College. Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
CST Exam - DFW Airport, Texas

Proctor: John Pierce Contact: jpierce@saminc.biz

Deadline for application through TSPS office:
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Click HERE for Certified Survey Technician Application

North Lake College (West Campus)
North Lake College (West Campus)
1401 Royal Lane

DFW Airport, TX75261-2107
See Directions Here

TREASURER’S REPORT: (John Pierce): General fund total is $5,658.94, and the Scholarship Fund totals $5,514.61. The Chapter ExCOM approved spending $1000 to support the Annual Convention, $300 for the Ladies Auxilliary, $500 to Duncanville HS Skills for their Fall Leadership Conference, and $500 for the 2013 Trig*Star activity.

SKILLS USA (Randall Marshall): The first opportunity is the Fall Leadership Conference on November 2 at TSTC in Waco. The Chapter approved spending $500 to support this event that brings hundreds of North Central Texas high school students together. Part of the event is demonstrating different activities (i.e. Land Surveying) to recruit new students, as well as training for returning students. Chapter 5 also provides volunteers to assist in the training sessions, and to provide information to prospective students and faculty interested in Skills surveying activities and competitions.

CHAPTER REP (Chris Freeman): The TSPS Board is allowing Chapter 5 to continue its members who live outside the Chapter’s geographic boundaries to remain members of Chapter 5. This issue surfaced last summer, and then Chapter Preseident Jason Jernigan did a nice job of putting the facts together that showed many Chapter 5 members who work in Dallas live in outlying counties

   On the Horizon ...

The next TBPLS Board Meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday December 14th in Austin, 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, February 15-16 at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas in conjunction with the TSPS Symposium.

Chapter 5 will be participating at the Sellers Middle School (Garland ISD) Career Day on December 6. Several volunteers are coordinating the efforts that traditionally allow for presentations to three different groups of 8th graders. This will make for the 7th straight year that Chapter 5 has presented students a view on surveying career options.

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 day nears.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/

Last Chance CEUs ... December 1 seminar

December Seminar "GNSS, Geodesy & Map Projections for Texas Land Surveyors"
Saturday December 1

GNSS, Geodesy & Map Projections for Texas Land Surveyors8 CEUs
Speaker: James B. Gillis, RPLS, NSLS, CLS
8 CEUs
DoubleTree Club Hotel – Dallas Farmers Branch
Room Rate $99; cut off 11/16/12; mention TSPS

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.

Survey Classes Offered for Spring Semester at North Lake College
Click here for Spring Courses 2013

R-S-H Engineering is looking to hire a part time two man survey crew local to the South Fort Worth area. Pipeline staking/locating/as-built, boundary and Trimble GPS experience are requirements for consideration. Personal truck and equipment is a plus and will be compensated. Successful candidates will be required to pass ongoing drug screenings. Send resume’s to markw@rsh.com

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Safety First…..Make it a Priority

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


Meeting Dates
November 13Bill Johnson, Jr., "Past, Present, and Future of Aerial Photogrammetry"
January 9Tony Estrada, TBPLS Executive Director
February 13Dan Smith, History of the Bankhead Highway
March 13 TBD
April 10DJ Kyle, TSPS Executive Director
June 12 TBD
July 10 TBD
August 14 TBD
September 11 New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Jim Gillis
November 13 TBD

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.

TSPS 2013 Board of Directors Meetings & Events Calendar

February 15-16 TSPS Symposium & BoD Meeting, Corpus Christi
May 4BoD Meeting and Ray Wisdom Benefit Picnic & Auction, Austin
August 10-11Strategic Planning & BoD Meeting, Kerrville
October 30-November 2 TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington

Chapter Officers for 2012-2013

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
Randall Marshall, RPLS 1 year Director rmarshall@pkce.com
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 Randall Marshall
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan


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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And thanks to the following firms for their contributions to the Chapter by placing a Business card in the Newsletter:

The Wallace Group, Dunaway & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry, Lamb-Star Engineering, and Halff Associates.

Archived News Letters:

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

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