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Tuesday, June 3, 2014  
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Please Contribute to The Future of Surveying in Texas!


“Section 1. Such Standing Committees as may be required shall be appointed to assist the Board of Directors in handling the affairs of the Society. All standing Committees, except the Nominating Committee, shall be appointed by the President…”
“ Section 2. The President may at any time appoint special committees for such purposes as the President shall see fit.”
“ Section 3. The terms of all committees shall expire at the close of the Annual Meeting following their appointment or election, unless reappointed by the President.”

ARTICLE IV of the TSPS Bylaws states:

“Section 1.  There shall be thirteen Standing Committees:  Budget and Finance, Education, Convention, Ethics, Membership, Nominating, Public Relations, Registration Practices, Tellers, Governmental Affairs, Executive, Standards and  Awards.
These and all other committees, except Executive and Nominating committees, and the two members of the Awards Committee, shall be appointed by the President or Division Chairman if so directed by the President.”

I am of the opinion that strong and well-staffed committees are essential to the success and the wellbeing of TSPS. Committees of one person throw an unfair burden on that person to do it all him or herself, or sometimes the committee ceases to function entirely.  I would like to see a minimum of two people on every TSPS committee for 2015. Please contact me within the next couple of weeks indicating your interest, if you would like to serve on any committee, a particular committee, or you would like to be chairman of a committee!

I am listing below each committee that currently exists: Those in bold are Standing Committees under our ByLaws.


1.    Budget and Finance – which by convention has in the past been made up solely of the Executive Committee, (President, Past President, President Elect, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and one other)

            a.    Business Model
2.    Education
            a.    Seminars and Symposium
            b.    Course Development
            c.    Certified Survey Technician
            d.    On-Line Education/Distance Learning
            e.    SIT/RPLS Study Groups

3.    Convention
4.    Ethics
5.    Membership
6.    Nominating
7.    Public Relations
8.    Registration Practices
            a.    TBPLS Discussion Group
9.    Tellers
10.  Governmental Affairs

            a.    SURPAC
11.  Executive
12.  Standards
13.  Awards

14Chapter Activities
            a.    North Area
            b.    East Area
            c.    South Area
            d.    West Area
            e.    Central Area

15NSPS Liaison
16TLTA Liaison
17General Land Office Liaison
18Real Estate Liaison
19TSFI Liaison
20Real Estate Liaison to the State Bar
21TxDOT Liaison
22LSLS Liaison
24Product Sales
26Geographic Information Systems
27Past Presidents
28Constitution and Bylaws

Please, anyone who is newly interested in contributing  to the future of surveying in Texas, or wishes to continue to contribute to the future of surveying in Texas, please contact me by email at: and indicate your area of interest.

Thanks and best regards

Jim Gillis