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

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Thought for the Day….

--“If everybody’s thinking alike, then somebody’s not thinking.”

         – George S. Patton

         

   --“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

          --Yogi Berra



Welcome New Members! 

A hearty welcome to new members to Chapter 5.   Joining the Chapter 5 family are
Josie Marroquin and Lawrence Ringley, RPLS.  Hope to see you at a future meeting.




Certified Survey Technician examination date set for September 12th
A CST exam is scheduled for Saturday September 12th at the DFW Learning Center near SH 114 and Freeport Parkway in Irving. Examinees can take the exam online and receive instantaneous exam results, or opt for a paper exam. There are several levels of CST exams, for both field and office staff. It is a great way for paraprofessionals to obtain a certified level competency, and good for companies to demonstrate levels of competency of staff to clients. Space is limited for the online option. For information on the CST exam application call John Pierce at 214-631-7888.



THANK YOU ADVERTISERS!

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"
Half page ads sized at 5.5" * 4.25"
Full page ad's 11" * 8.5"
Other acceptable image file format as follows: .tif, .bmp, .gif

.PDF are acceptable but require re-formatting which may affect final image quality.

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.


 


Chapter Elections

A late change in the ballot for Chapter 5 officers required the ballot to be revised and resent to members.  Raul Wong, Jr. will ascend to take the helm of the Chapter.  Two new Directors will be chosen, as well as a 1st and 2nd VP.  Click here for a ballot.  Results should be tallied by September 14th, and the Officers installed by incoming TSPS state President Alan McLain at the September 21st joint meeting with Chapter 2 at the Grapevine Spring Creek BBQ at SH 114 and Main Street.  Please RSVP to Theron Sims theronsims@tnp-online.com so the restaurant has an idea of the number of attendees.  Dinner is through the buffet offered by Spring Creek BBQ.

 


  


2010 Teachers Retreat Approved by TSPS Board of Directors

At the August 29th TSPS Quarterly Board Meeting held in Austin, North Lake College was named as the host facility for the 2010 Teachers Retreat.  Dallas Chapter 5 and Chapter 2 (Ft. Worth) will co-sponsor the event, with tentative dates of June 16-18.  Volunteers will be needed to assist with the planning, the lectures and presentations, and the field exercises.  The purpose of the Retreat is to educate high school teachers about surveying, so that they can return to the classroom and incorporate real life survey problems and applications in their math and science classes.  A committee will be formed soon, this will be a great opportunity for us as professionals to share our profession with teachers.


In the Rearview Mirror…

---The August Chapter meeting had its typical solid turnout, with 40+/- attendees.  The scheduled speaker was unable to attend, so the attendees had the opportunity for a bit more social time, and to discuss some items of interest.

---Also, Bob Cummings recognized Sean Flaherty for his contributions to the Chapter with his efforts with the Golf Tournament, as well as several firms who always seem to answer the bell and assist the Chapter in its efforts and events (Dallas Aerial Surveys, Geomatic Resources, Lone Star Record & Abstract, Midwest A & E, Precise Land Records, and Western Data Systems).  Our host facility, Cantina Laredo Restaurant, was also recognized for their service and hospitality to the Chapter and its members and guests.


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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…

    Joint Meeting with Chapter 2 is scheduled to be held on Monday evening, September 21st, at the Spring Creek BBQ in Grapevine.  Incoming TSPS President Alan McLain will travel from Houston to install the new Officers of both Chapter 2 and 5.  Be sure to plan on attending and welcoming Alan to the Metroplex and celebrating the changing of the guard for Chapter 5.

    The Texas Map Society "will be holding its fall meeting in Arlington in October at UT-Arlington. As part of the event, a 4 hour EARLY TEXAS LAND SURVEYING exercise is planned for the afternoon of Friday, October 2nd. Four 10 person teams will perform a closed traverse using antique chain and compass. The Texas General Land Office, with Survey Director Bill O’Hara, will be providing personnel, as well as local volunteer Metroplex Surveyors to perform the field exercise and calculations. Ample opportunity to ask questions and use the various instruments will be available for observers. This is a great opportunity to share our profession with the public. Come join in the fun, and to learn more of The Texas Map Society see this link: www.libraries.uta.edu/txmapsociety/


    For any questions, contact Chris Freeman @ 972-226-8181.

     


    Opportunities for You….


    TSPS Chapter 2 Annual Golf Tournament set for September 30th. The 2nd Annual Chapter 2 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday September 30th at The Trophy Club Golf Course. The 4 man best ball format will commence with a 2 pm shot gun start, with registration beginning at 1 pm. Following the golf, a dinner with awards and prizes will conclude the festivities. Proceeds benefit the Chapter 2 scholarship fund. Hole sponsorships are available, and prize donations are welcome. Rodney Walsh and Ronna Stenger at Geomatic Resources are coordinating the efforts. Click here for the link to sign up your team. For those needing some CEU’s and additional knowledge of RTK GPS, Jim Gillis will be presenting a seminar in the morning (8am-12pm) at The Trophy Club Golf Course.  Breakfast and lunch are included. 

     

    CEU Requirement for Licensees

    During the past legislative session, TSPS sponsored a bill to increase the CEU requirement for licensees from the current 8 hour per year requirement to a proposed 16 hours per year.  In the end, the TBPLS was given the opportunity to increase the requirement, but declined to do so at this time.  So, it appears that 8 hours of Continuing Education will remain the annual requirement.  However, it appears that beginning with 2010, the TBPLS will no longer keep track of the number of CEU hours licensees have accumulated.  It will be each licensed Surveyor’s responsibility to keep track of all earned CEUs, and be able to provide proof of such CEU if audited by the TBPLS.

     

    Book Review…fun read for Surveyors

    If you get the chance you outta look into this interesting book How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein.  It details the reasons why our states have the shapes that they do.  It’s an interesting book filled with interesting facts on the shaping of our states.

     

    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.

     

    Chapter Committees

    No Committee Reports submitted.

     

    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.
     


    2009 CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:


    •  September 21 --- Joint Meeting with Chapter 2 (Spring Creek BBQ, Grapevine)

    •  September 30 --- Chapter 2 Golf Tournament at Trophy Club

    • 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




    Thanks to the following Full-Page Ad subscribers: Midwest A&E, Precise Land Records, Lone Star Record & Abstract, Geomatic Resources, WDS, and Dallas Aerial Surveys, Inc.

    Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!


    Archived News Letters:

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

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