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

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Thought for the Day….

--“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

         – Ralph Waldo Emerson         

   --“The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.

          --Rensis Likert

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

Charlie Redd            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


Thanks to outgoing President Bob Cummings and his Officers for a year of dedicated hard work!


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"
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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 address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address: cfreeman@bhinc.com

Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of each month.

Advertising prices are listed on the TSPS-5.org Pro Listings page.


Happy Halloween from T.S.P.S. Chapter 5

In the Rearview Mirror…

---The September Joint Chapter meeting held in Grapevine was another nice reunion of the two DFW area chapters.  Incoming TSPS President Alan McLain traveled up from Houston to install the Officers of each chapter, and give insight into what his vision is for the organization for the coming year and beyond.  Do your part and become involved.  Remember, any volunteer organization is only as strong as its member


--- The Texas Map Society held its fall meeting in Arlington October 2-4 at UT-Arlington.  As part of the event, a 4 hour PIONEER TEXAS SURVEYING exercise was conducted on the afternoon of Friday, October 2nd.  Four 10 person teams performed a closed traverse using antique chain and compass.  The Texas General Land Office Survey Director,  Bill O’Hara, joined local volunteer Metroplex Surveyors to perform the field exercise and calculations.  Ample opportunity to ask questions and use the various instruments made for a wonderful afternoon on the Texas prairie.  This was a great opportunity to share our profession with a very knowledgeable group who appreciate maps and the effort those goes with compiling maps.  To learn more of The Texas Map Society see this link: www.libraries.uta.edu/txmapsociety/


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    SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups 

    The Study Group has been inactive since the April exam, but will soon be reconvening. The group will meet several times on Saturday mornings at the Halff Associates office in Richardson in preparation for the scheduled October exams on the 23rd and 24th.  Rene Salinas is organizing 3 meetings before the October exams; sessions have been scheduled for Saturdays from 8am-noon for September 12th, September 26th, and October 10th.  In the meantime, anyone anticipating taking either of the October exams should utilize the next few weeks 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 Rene Salinas (214-217-6602) for information regarding the Study Groups and schedule.



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    Out On the Horizon…

    Annual Convention

    The Annual Convention and Exhibits is fast approaching.  Being held in Austin this year, hope the Dallas contingent is a strong one.  If you are in town on Thursday October 22nd, try to attend the Business Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting to see your Society at work.


    Opportunities for You….

    CEU Requirement for Licensees

    It appears that one thing new for 2010 is that Registered Surveyors will become responsible for keeping track of their CEUs.  Previously the TBPLS kept track of that information.  So, going forward, remember to keep a reproducible file of all the seminars and Continuing Education  events you attend so that the information can be forwarded to the TBPLS if audited.


    At this time, it appears the Board will remain with the present 8 hour CEU requirement for license renewal.  But remember, a Board meeting will take place at the end of October, so keep an eye out for any unforeseen developments.


    New Surveyor friendly website…check it out

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

    Please take a moment to visit this informational Surveying website -    http://www.landsurveyor.us/learn_f1a.html


    Chapter Committee Reports

    Education Committee:  Chairman John Pierce reports that there were 5 examinees for the Level III Certified Survey Technician exam, with 2 passing.  Additionally, one applicant sat for the Level I exam.


    John also reports that Chapter 5 has provided text books to 9 students from the Legal Principles I course at North Lake College, and provided 1 book and 2 calculators for students taking SRVY 1315.  Chapter 5 has also provide approximately $1,500.00 in scholarships to students.


    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 October 30, 2009.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.  Check the Board website for a location map (www.txls.state.tx.us ).


    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on October 22, 2009 in Austin as part of the Annual TSPS Convention.  Stop by and partake of the 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.


    •  October 22-24 --- TSPS Annual Convention in Austin

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

    •  December 5 --- Advanced Survey Technology seminar @ Double Tree Hotel

    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 www.cantinalaredo.com
    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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