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October 2013 The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter

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Rest in Peace

Word was received that one of our survey brothers has passed. Kenneth Brown, RPLS No. 2062 (expired), died September 30 following a long battle with health issues. While not a TSPS member, Kenny was known by many, and was preceded in death by his father and fellow surveyor Bob Brown. Condolences to the family.

 Words of Wisdom...

" Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic " - Arthur C. Clarke

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The September Chapter meeting was held at the Spring Creek BBQ Restaurant in Addison. IncomingTSPS President Shane Neally came over from Tyler o discuss the upcoming year for TSPS and to conduct the installation of the new Chapter 5 Officers. A nice crowd of about 25 were present on a stormy night at a new meeting venue. Click Here for related photos.

Chapter 5 New Officers Elected

The Chapter elections are now official. Congratulations to the Chapter 5 Officers for 2013-14:

Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS, President
Scott Posey, RPLS, President-elect
Tim Mankin, RPLS, 2nd Vice-President
John Pierce, RPLS, Secretary/Treasurer
Robert Schneeberg, PE, RPLS, 1-year Director
Richard Ortiz, 1-year Director
Eric Kreiner, RPLS, 2-year Director
Gary Matthews, RPLS, 2-year Director
Justin Waldrip, RPLS, Past President

Committee Chair Assignments

The following Committee Chairman assignments were assigned at the first ExCom meeting held on September 17 at the offices of Dal-Tech Engineering:

  • Membership: Pat Baldlasaro, RPLS & Richard Ortiz (Every member should actively recruit others to join TSPS)
  • Programs: Pat Baldasaro, RPLS & Scott Posey, RPLS
  • Education: John Pierce, RPLS
  • Public Relations: Gary Matthews, RPLS
  • SKILLS: ??? unassigned Looking for a team to work together with high school students
  • Nominating: Justin Waldrip, RPLS
  • Communications: Mark Williams, RPLS

  • Chapter 5 Committee Reports

    PUBLIC RELATIONS: (Gary Matthews)

    Meet & Greet Incoming Chapter President Pat Baldasaro is hitting the ground running. Pat has made inquiries with several local state legislators in an effort for Chapter 5 to arrange for dialogue, and State Senator Jane Nelson will be the first visit. This is a priority activity at the TSPS state level, as history has proven these activities to be extremely valuable when survey related issues arise during the legislative session. The events serve to introduce ourselves as professionals, educate the legislator and their staff as to who we are and what we do. Letís assist Pat in these efforts, as the Dallas area has some of the most influential and powerful legislators who we need as friends. You can do your part by being more proactive with your own state representatives.

    The opportunity for Chapter 5 and TSPS to participate at a Scouting event at Dallas Heritage Park unfortunately wonít happen this year. City staff had invited TSPS Chapter 5 to participate with survey equipment displays, frontier surveyor reenactment, and a brief historical lecture by author Susanne Starling. But a change in the event date made it impossible for several of the surveyor participants to attend. Hopefully another opportunity will present itself for Chapter 5 members to share our profession with others.

    Skills high school teacher Bart Burnett has transferred to a high school in Grand Prairie ISD, and wants Chapter 5 to know he will be seeking their support and assistance as he builds another Skills survey team at his new school. He also reminds us that Duncanville H.S. will continue with its strong Skills program.

    TSPS Executive Director D J Kyle is talking to Bart about making booth space available to area Skills programs at the TSPS convention, as well as performing the opening flag ceremony.

    Chapter 5 has been requested to assist with a donation to the SKILLS Fall Leadership Conference, which it has done so for several years. Chapter Executive Committee voted to donate $500 to the SKILLS Fall Leadership Conference, which will be held November 1 & 2 in Waco at TSTC..

    EDUCATION: (John Pierce):

    Two survey classes are in full swing at North Lake College this semester

    TREASURER'S REPORT: (John Pierce):

    John reported that the Chapter continues to enjoy a healthy financial position, both in the general fund and in the scholarship fund. These monies allow Chapter 5 to maintain its leadership position among the Chapters, and allows the Chapter to be in a position to contribute financially to a variety of great civic and academic opportunities throughout the year among them: academic scholarships for local survey students, SKILLS donations, Tyler JC Book Fund, Annual Convention/TSPS Auxiliary, Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, Trig*Star, Ray Wisdom Auction, etc. Thanks to our members for their generosity to these and other causes.

    NORTH AREA REP: (Chris Freeman):

    The next regularly scheduled TSPS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday October 31 8 a.m.-9 a.m. in Arlington in conjunction with the Annual Convention. The Annual TSPS Membership Meeting will follow at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Attendance and participation is encouraged by members, this is the business of our organization.

    Help Wanted
    Chapter 5 members,
    We are currently looking to fill the Committee Chair for Skills and I would like to call on members who may be interested in taking on this important responsibility. In addition, I would also like to hear from those who can donate some time to this worthy cause. I understand this is a large request and that is why I hope we can find several members who can spare some time to help.

    Please contact me if you any questions or if you have interest in this position. Your time and effort would be greatly appreciated, not only by Chapter 5 but also those we can teach along the way.

    Thank you,
    Patrick Baldasaro
    Chapter 5 President

       On the Horizon ...

    State elections TSPS state elections are upon us, so be sure to take the couple of minutes and make your choices for our leaders. Chapter 5 member Jerry Lehew is a nominee for 2nd VP, so help support Jerry by casting your vote for him. He has served as Chapter President of both Chapters 5 & 2 and has been active at the state level for many years. He is currently serving as a Director on the TSPS Board of Directors, and is the TSPS Liaison to the TBPLS. Jerry will serve all TSPS members well.

    TBPLS Board Meeting Info
    Be aware that the TBPLS has adopted new rules, and they are in affect! You can access the TBPLS website to view the new rules.

    The next meeting of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will be held in Arlington, TX at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel and Convention Center on October 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm. This meeting will be in conjunction with Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Meeting. Attendees can earn CEUs for attending TBPLS meetings.

    The last meeting of the year will be held on December 13, 2013 at 9 am; location TBA. See their website for meeting location and agenda information. (www.txls.state.tx.us ).

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


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    November 12Camille Thomason, TxDOT Consultant Contracting (rumor has it this meeting may be a catered dinner and the meeting location will be at the Dal-Tech office in north Dallas. Stay tuned for confirmation.)
    No Meetings in October and December

    Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month.
    Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm Ė 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

    October 30 - November 2TSPS Annual Convention, Arlington
    October 31Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Membership Meeting, Arlington

    Chapter 5 Officers

    Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS                President                       pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
    Scott Posey, RPLS 1st Vice President scott.posey@lamb-star.com
    Tim Mankin, RPLS 2nd Vice President tmankin@peisersurveying.com
    John Pierce, RPLS Secretary/Treasurer jpierce@saminc.biz
    Robert Schneeberg, RPLS 1 year Director Robert.schneeberg@gs-engineers.com
    Richard Ortiz 1 year Director rich@crstex.com
    Eric Kreiner, RPLS 2 year Director ekreiner@saminc.biz
    Gary Matthews, RPLS 2 year Director rpls5574@gmail.com
    Justin Waldrip, RPLS Past President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
    Mark Williams, RPLS Communications markw@rsh.com

    Adopted Rules Now Available on TBPLS Site

    The rules adopted by the TBPLS Board on August 2, 2013 became effective August 28, 2013 and are now posted on their web site. Just click on:

    Adopted Rules

    Forms impacted by these rule changes are being modified. If you have any questions, please contact the Board office or visit their site at www.txls.texas.gov.


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