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

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Thoughts for the Day….

“You have to circulate to perculate.”
- Zig Ziglar

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
- Anonymous 


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).


North Lake College  2 Year Survey Program …Status Report

The 5 Survey courses for the Spring semester at North Lake College are fully enrolled.  This is important for the overall program and its development into a full-fledged 2 year Survey program.  The uphill battle to create the 2 year program is not over, but John Pierce is hoping that the Fall semester of 2009 may be the official beginning of the program.  In the meantime, the survey courses are fully accredited college courses, recognized by the TBPLS, and transferable to other existing 2 year programs across the State.  John has also been working to find a cooperative university that can team with North Lake College for a 4 year degree program.  Stay tuned for further news, but more importantly, please continue to support the program by encouraging your paraprofessionals to attend the classes. 

In the Rearview Mirror…

---The January meeting had a strong turnout, with 50+ attendees. Pat Smith provided great insight into the legislative process, and how TSPS deals with those issues. Pat said that there are no known issues that might affect Surveyors this session, but that we must carefully monitor activities. He also urged anyone interested in being part of the Legislative Alert Team contact Anne Glasgow. Michael Parker stressed communication as a key for Surveyors to keep advancing the profession.

---Several new RPLS’s and SIT’s were recognized for their achievement. In attendance were new SIT Ryan Reynolds, and new RPLS’s Jason Thompson and Rene Salinas.
SurPac donations of $129 were collected and forwarded to the State organization.

---Past Chapter President Robert Schneeberg was presented a Service Award in recognition and appreciation for his leadership of Chapter 5 during 2007-08. Under Robert’s leadership, Chapter 5 was designated as the “Star Chapter” for it’s activities and leadership.

---The Chapter Board of Directors met prior to the meeting, discussing a variety of topics, including SkillsUSA activities and upcoming competitions; the Annual Golf Tournament; a new summer or fall social event; a request to promote The Short Course if held in the DFW area; Chapter involvement in mapping an old railroad watering depot; updates on membership; newsletter ad rates; and Chapter financial status.


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Certified Survey 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 participate.  Next scheduled session will be before the February 10th Chapter meeting at Cantina Laredo Restaurant (5-6pm).  For questions/info, contact John Pierce at 214-532-1667.


The next CST exam date is tentatively set for Saturday March 14.  Now is the time to get registered and prepared for the exam.  Contact John Pierce for details/info.

SIT & RPLS Exam Study Groups  

The SIT/RPLS Exam Study Groups will soon regroup to begin preparation for the April exams.  In the meantime, candidates should organize their study materials and outline a study schedule.  Also, attending the Certified Survey Technician exam prep classes before the Chapter 5 monthly meetings is another good way to keep tuned in to subject matter.  Contact Jason Jernigan (214-346-6204) for information regarding the Study Groups and schedule   

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.

Thank you,
Jason D. Thompson, RPLS



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Bulletin Board Odds ‘n Ends….


Membership renewal time is upon us!  Make sure you renew your TSPS membership for the upcoming year, it is easily accomplished on the state TSPS website.  A portion of those fees are returned to Chapter 5 to assist in funding our local activities.


TBPLS License Renewal   If you haven’t already renewed your License with the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, then you are practicing surveying without a valid license, and in violation of Board rules!  Better give Sandy Smith a call.  Also, a Firm Certificate must be on file with the Board. 

City of Garland News Release...
> For more information contact:
> Dorothy White
> 972-205-2879-office
> 214-212-0803-cell
> dwhite@ci.garland.tx.us
> Garland Hosts
Severe Weather Seminar on February 21
> Garland, Texas -- February 4, 2009 -- The annual Dallas County Sky-Warn Spotter
Training will be held February 21 at the Granville Arts Center, Fifth and Austin
Streets in downtown Garland.  Topics will cover National Weather Service (NWS)
operations, weather safety, baseline spotter topics, Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Service
(RACES)/spotter operations and a presentation from the Fox 4
Weather Team.
> For more information, contact the City of Garland Office of Emergency
at 972-781-7275 or graces@ci.garland.tx.us.
> For complete event details, go to http://www.ci.garland.tx.us/Home/Departments/City+Administration/Public+and+Media+Affairs/PMA500+News+Releases_landing.htm

Out On the Horizon….

The next Chapter 5 meeting will be held Tuesday February 10th at the Cantina Laredo Restaurant on Lover’s Lane.  Guest Speaker will be Duncanville High School SkillsUSA Faculty Advisor Barton Burnett, who will update us on the Survey program activities and upcoming competition on February 12-13. Come join us for good food and great camaraderie.


Spring Symposium in Waco March 20-21  

You might want to make plans to attend the TSPS Spring Symposium this year.  It will be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, in Waco.  Two full days of TBPLS approved continuing education courses are available, as well as several courses designed for paraprofessional staff.  The Friday luncheon (free for attendees) will include a couple of Chapter 5 members receiving awards from last year’s Convention Cruise that they were unable to attend…Young Surveyor of the Year Award to Jason Jernigan and Chapter President of the Year Award to Chris Freeman.  Also, a fun event is planned for Friday evening (free of charge to attendees) at the Texas Ranger hall of Fame Museum.  A geocache monument will be set at the base of Texas frontier Surveyor George Erath’s statue outside the Museum.  Attendees will also get a free tour of the museum, and will be surprised at the prominent survey displays inside.  The event will help celebrate Texas and National Surveyor Week (March 15-20).   See the TSPS website for detailed course and registration information for the Symposium. Please click here for Symposium photo's #1, 2, 3, and 4.




Golf Tournament guru Sean Flaherty informs us that the 2009 Annual Tim Mireaur Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday April 25th at The Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris.  This widely popular and successful event draws nearly 100 hackers as they hack their way across the south Dallas County terrain, lyin’ and cheatin’ their way back to the clubhouse.  Mark your calendars!

Opportunities for You….


Tim Jackson has been working hard to help prepare the Duncanville High School survey students for their upcoming District level competition, to be held on Friday February 13th at Duncanville High School.  The top two teams will move on to a regional competition.  Volunteers are needed to assist with judging and other duties.  If interested, contact Tim at 972-226-8181.


Chapter Committees

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.


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.


---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin on February 6, 2009.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.


---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on February 7, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Austin.


Safety First…..Make it a Priority

Click here for links to various Safety websites that might be helpful to your firm and staff.


February 10 --- Barton Burnett, Duncanville High School Survey Program
March 10 --- Nedra Foster, Chairperson of TBPLS
April 14 --- Scott Stockburger: Surveying for Subsurface Utility Engineering
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 --- Speaker/Program to be determined

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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