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

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 Words of Wisdom ... get out the vote for Jerry!

TSPS state elections will be out soon, 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.

  In the Rearview Mirror...

The August Chapter meeting was held at the Mecca Restaurant in east Dallas. Former TSPS President and current NSPS Governor Pat Smith came up from Austin to discuss NSPS issues, particularly the upcoming decision facing TSPS members regarding membership in NSPS. A nice crowd of about 25 were present on a stormy night at a new meeting venue.

Chapter 5 Committee Reports


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. 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. Let’s assist Pat in these efforts, as the Dallas area has some of the most influential and powerful legislators who we need as friends.

Planning continues for a November Boy Scout event at Old City Park. City staff have invited TSPS Chapter 5 to participate with survey equipment displays, frontier surveyor reenactment, and a brief historical lecture by author Susanne Starling.

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. No word yet as to any decision or action by the Chapter Executive Committee.

EDUCATION: (John Pierce):

The next CST exam will be given on Saturday September 14, at the West Campus of North Lake College in Irving. You may sign up through TSPS. On-line or paper exams are available. ( http://tsps.org/calendar/cst-exam-dfw-airport-texas-0 ) or at www.nsps.us.com.

Certified Survey Technician Exam Proctor: John Pierce Contact: jpierce@saminc.biz

North Lake College - West Campus
North Lake College - West Campus
1401 Royal Lane
75261 DFW Airport, TX
See map: Google Maps

This fall North Lake College offered four surveying courses, but only 2 of the courses had enough students:
SRVY 1301 Introduction to Surveying on Wednesdays
SRVY 1315 Surveying Calculations on Thursday


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.

CHAPTER 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. The Annual TSPS Membership Meeting will follow at 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

   On the Horizon ... the votes are in

Chapter 5 elections The votes are in from recent Chapter elections. A ballot of candidates was organized by Nominating Committee Chairman Jason Jernigan, and results will be announced at the September 10 Chapter meeting to be held at the Spring Creek BBQ Restaurant in Addison. Incoming TSPS President Shane Neally will be coming over from Tyler to perform the new Officer installation. Please join in welcoming our new Chapter leaders, and find a way to assist them, our Chapter and state organization, and our profession to be stronger and more vibrant as we go forward.

TBPLS Board Meeting Info
Be aware that the TBPLS has adopted 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. Soon a schedule will be out for the preparation for the upcoming April exams.
SIT Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/land_surv/
RPLS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rpls_study_group/


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September 10New Officer Installation by Incoming TSPS President Shane Neally
Spring Creek BBQ in Addison (Midway @ Beltline)
November 12Camille Thomason, TxDOT Consultant Contracting
No Meetings in October and December

Chapter 5 Meetings typically held the second Tuesday of each month.
Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 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 (only until September 10)

Justin Waldrip, RPLS                President jwaldrip2@arsengineers.com
Patrick Baldasaro, RPLS 1st Vice President pbaldasaro@dal-tech.com
Andy Dobbs, RPLS 2nd Vice President andy.dobbs@kimley-horn.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
Mark Yale, RPLS 1 year Director myale@dunaway-assoc.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 2013
Education John Pierce
       -SkillsUSA Justin Waldrip
Public Relations Gary Matthews
Membership Andy Dobbs
Programs Pat Baldasaro
Nominating Jason Jernigan
Seminars Jason Jernigan


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Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Dallas Chapter No. 5
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