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Thought for the Day….
“I believe that banking
institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If
the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations
that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property
until their children wake up homeless on the continent that their fathers
--Thomas Jefferson in
10th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf
It’s that time of the year again folks…no, not Augusta and
the Masters. It’s the Chapter 5 10th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf
Tournament. We will return to our old stompin’ grounds, The Old Brickyard
Golf Course in Ferris on Saturday April 25th for a 8am Shotgun start for
our 4 Man Florida Scramble. Prices remain the same as last year,
$80/player and $300 for Hole Sponsorship. Event Coordinator Sean Flaherty
once again has worked diligently to organize one of the most successful
Chapter 5 yearly events. 50% of the event proceeds are earmarked to the
Chapter Scholarship Fund for local survey students.
Click here for the Link to
the Event information and Sign-Up Sheet.
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"
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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
Advertisements should be emailed to Chris Freeman at his email address:
Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of
Advertising prices are listed on the
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In the Rearview
----The March meeting had a
strong turnout, with 60+ attendees. Nedra Foster, Chair of the TBPLS, was
our Guest Speaker. She presented a nice program on the licensing exam
process. Other guests attending were Darrell Shine, Davey Edwards, and
Coleman. Recent SIT Chris Howard was also recognized for his accomplishment.
---Career Summit The Richardson Chamber of Commerce coordinated a Career
Summit for Richardson ISD students on March 5th. Chapter 5 was contacted to
participate, and a table was manned by Tim Marcinko, Jason Jernigan,
Wong, Don Levy, Brent Hayes, and Chris Freeman. In addition,
provided survey equipment for the always popular tech demos. This was an
outstanding way for us to introduce surveying to over 500 hundred students.
The key is to introduce Surveying at an early age, so that by high school
they can be preparing themselves for college survey curriculum. Thanks to
---At the TSPS Spring Symposium held in Waco on March 20-21, a Friday night
outing to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum was highlighted with a TSPS
geocache monument being set at the base of the frontier Surveyor George
Erath statue outside the Museum. Chapter 5 member Charlie Redd was
instrumental in assisting the TSPS Public Relations Committee and Chapter 3
in guiding them through the geocache process. The monument and associated
caches will involve TSPS in this fun and very popular activity, and expose
many of its participants to our world of Surveying.
Click here for event photos:
Major Erath's Statue
Deed Sketch Order
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Technician exam prep classes continue…..
The Dallas Chapter offers Certified
Survey Technician Level I and Level II examination prep sessions prior to
every monthly meeting. John Pierce leads this effort, held prior
to regular monthly Chapter meetings at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant
(southeast corner of Inwood Road/Lover’s Lane, next to the Inwood Theater)
from 5-6pm. This is an excellent opportunity for both office and field
staff to familiarize themselves and prepare for the various Certification
exams. There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome to attend and
The Next scheduled session will be
before the April 14th Chapter meeting at Cantina Laredo
(5-6pm). For questions/info, contact John Pierce at
SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups
There will be three study group meetings
before the April 2009 RPLS & SIT exams. The first meeting was Saturday,
March 7, from 8am-noon at Halff Associates' Richardson office. The other two
meetings were scheduled for March 21 and April 4.
The RPLS group will go over analytical problems and legal terminology at the
first meeting. The SIT group will work though problems from sample exams and
spend additional time on the subjects people have questions about. Please
bring any questions or analytical problems you might have found to the
meeting and we'll try to work them as a group. This group is open to anyone
who is studying to take the Texas RPLS or SIT exams this April or in the
future. As always, there is no cost for the study group, and breakfast is
provided for those who RSVP. Please RSVP to Jason Jernigan.
You can also keep track of group meetings and access study material through
the following two Yahoo groups:
• SIT Study Group:
• RPLS Study Group:
Contact Jason Jernigan (214-346-6204) for information regarding the
Study Groups and schedule
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3rd Annual High School Educator’s Retreat for Surveying, Mapping &
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and Lone Star College-Montgomery
will host the 3rd Annual High School Educator’s Retreat for
Surveying, Mapping & Geospatial Awareness June 16-18, 2008 on the
campus of Lone Star College-Montgomery (in The Woodlands-Conroe
area, just off I-45).
purpose of the retreat is to share with a select number of
high school teachers,
counselors, and educators the professions of geospatial sciences and
professional land surveying in
Texas. There are now
a few questions on the
TEKS and TAKS tests that are related to land surveying.
Additionally, in 2006, the
George W. Bush High Growth Job Training Initiative identified the
top 14 job sectors that are expected to add substantial numbers of new
jobs to our nation’s economy. The Geospatial industry was rated among the
top three. More and more educators in K-12 programs across our nation are
recognizing the need to incorporate geospatial thinking in their
Registration is FREE OF CHARGE. Attendees will receive a $150
stipend, a mobile GPS unit, and lesson plans (with surveying-related
material to aid in classroom instruction, posters and brochures promoting
the industry, as well as information that was presented during the
retreat.) In addition, attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs (16 contact
hours) for their participation.
Chapter Sponsored Educators must submit applications by April 24 to
receive priority consideration. Applicants can expect to receive
notification of acceptance beginning May 4, however, applications will
continue to be accepted until all seats are filled. Maximum enrollment
is 35 participants.
Applicants will be accepted based on the following criteria: Chapter
Affiliation (Sponsorship); Curriculum Specialty (Math,
IT/Computer, Geography Teachers and Technology Counselors will receive
first priority); and Date of application. Note: As enrollment is
limited, school affiliation will also be considered if 2 or more employees
from a single school apply for acceptance into the program.
Hotel/Accommodations information is pending.
Educators can fill out on online application at
Educator’s Retreat photo/icon is located on the home page … applicants
just click on the photo and are transferred to the reg form.
Initially, registration is limited to first-time participants. If we
cannot fill the 35 spots with new attendees, we will open-up registration
to individuals who participated the previous 2 years. We are asking that
TSPS Chapters spread the word to local teachers first and offer to
sponsor the $150 stipend. Individual companies are also welcome and
encouraged to select and sponsor teachers from their communities.
make this announcement at your next Chapter meeting and/or send an email
to your chapter members if you have already had your meeting. Initially,
registration will be limited to teachers contacted through TSPS, then if
need be, information will be sent to a listserve of
high school math and science teachers across the state and
registration will be open to anyone. Remember that registration is limited
to the first 35 educators who sign up – so find your teachers,
raise your $150 stipend, and have them sign up as soon as possible. Thank
you for your support of this year’s retreat.
View Retreat Preliminary Schedule
View Map/Directions to Lone Star
Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….
LOST & FOUND!
I found some surveying equipment along Ridge Road (FM 740) on Friday evening
02/20/2009 and it was still there on Saturday morning so I took it home with me.
I would like to return this to its rightful owner. Please call/email me with the
proper description and I will arrange to get it back to you.
Jason D. Thompson, RPLS
Tyler Junior College
Education Foundation of
SURVEYING AND MAPPING
SUMMER CAMP 2009
June 7-11, 2009
Tyler Junior College Campus
Open to all
high school students
graduating in 2009 or 2010. The residential camp, including room and meals,
is provided at NO CHARGE to the camp participants.
Information, including an
on-line application, can be found at
or call Patti Williams at
deadline is May 1, 2009
Tyler Junior College gives
equal consideration to all applicants for admission, employment and
participation in its programs and activities without regard to race, creed,
color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability or veteran
Out On the Horizon….
The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held
Tuesday April 14th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s
Lane. Guest Speaker will be Scott Stockburger, P.E., who will
present insight on Subsurface Utility Engineering, and how Surveyors are
involved. Come join us for good food and great camaraderie.
SkillsUSA state level survey competition
will be held in Corpus Christi at the campus of Texas A&M-CC on April 1-4.
Duncanville High School will be sending 2 teams to this competition. A
total of 30 students statewide will compete. Chapter 5 previously donated
$750 to Duncanville H.S. to assist with competition related expenses.
Tim Jackson has devoted many hours with the students during the
past few months, so let’s hope it pays off in a strong result. Richard
Ortiz and Chris Freeman travelled to Corpus to assist with
monitoring and judging different portions of the competition. Area firms
contributing “goodies” for the students included MIDWEST, WDS,
Geomatic Resources, Lone Star Record & Abstract,
Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Dallas Aerial Surveys, and
Bohannan Huston. Thanks to the volunteer effort and donations!
SURVEYORS…WE NEED YOUR INPUT AND IDEAS
The Public Relations Committee of TSPS
has been asked to design a informational card/brochure that members could
provide to the public, clients, title companies, attorneys, etc. that might
be able to contain good general information related to professional
surveying services. My understanding is that once compiled and approved,
TSPS could make this available to members for use on their company websites,
or reproducible in hard copy form. I understand that our state headquarters
gets requests for such a brochure on a regular basis.
My hope is that this solicitation will
reach as many Texas Surveyors as possible. Hopefully, by starting with the
Chapter Presidents around the State, we can get this out quickly and start
to receive feedback, ideas, suggestions, and possibly even some existing
info cards that are already in use. My goal is to have a draft version
available by the next TSPS Board Meeting on June 13th so that the
Committee can present the information to the Board for review, edits, and
hopefully get a version approved so that members may benefit from another
tool to aid in their business.
I’m not sure if we are talking about one
all encompassing document, such as a Frequently Asked Questions type
brochure geared more for a potential client or a citizen who will need to
utilize the professional services of a
Land Surveyor, or if
we also need a separate document that would be more geared at attorneys and
title professionals. We’re open to your suggestions.
Please forward immediately to all
Chapter Presidents and other interested parties, and have them forward this
request to their members.
Please forward all comments, ideas,
suggestions, examples, etc. to Chris Freeman, RPLS, who is Chairman of the
TSPS PR Committee. For any Chapters that utilize a Chapter website with a
Newsletter, please feel free to publish this solicitation to your
On behalf of the Public Relations
Committee for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, we thank you for
your contributions to this effort that we hope will benefit both our members
and the general public.
With new Chapter leaders comes the need
for continued participation by Chapter members. The strength of any
volunteer organization is only as strong as the participation of its
members. Committees are always in need of people to lead and contribute.
There are typically 5 standing committees: Membership, Program,
Public Relations & Education, Nominating, and Audit.
In addition, the President can assign a Special Committee (such as
SkillsUSA) if so desired. If you are interested in being part of the
solution and helping our Chapter and profession move forward, please contact
any of the Chapter officers.
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 June 12, 2009. The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to
attendees of their meetings.
---next TSPS Board Meeting to be
held on June 13, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Austin. The Annual
Ray Wisdom Benefit Auction will follow the meeting, and is always a fun
event for Surveyors, family, and friends with good eats and cold
it a Priority
Click here for links to
various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.
CHAPTER 5 MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:
April 14 --- Scott Stockburger: Surveying for Subsurface Utility
April 25 --- Annual
Golf Tournament at The Brickyard
May 12 --- Jack Avis: GIS as a Survey Tool
June 9 --- Glenn Breysacher/Wayne Terry: Vacancy in Garland?
July 14 --- Rob Hathaway, Delorme GIS: Geocaching for fun
August 11 --- Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates: Forensic Surveying
September ? --- Joint Meeting with Chapter 2
October 22-24 --- TSPS Annual Convention in Austin
November 10 --- Leon Curtis: Flood Elevation Certificates
Chapter 5 Meetings are
Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
(Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
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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