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DESCRIPTIONThe quarterly magazine of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors
gem state surveyorvolume xxxvii| Issue 4 Winter 2014
in this issue:
Surveyors and Title.........8Boundary Walker...........12
Full Conference Schedule.......16
Board Meeting Minutes..........24Conference Registration..........27
Surveying in Idaho, Winter 2014. Photo by Clint Hansen.
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2014 ISPLS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
40 YEARS – A FIRM FOUNDATION MARCH 4-7
RED LION CONFERENCE CENTER, POCATELLO
Three Concurrent Sessions including: Featured Speaker: John B. Stahl, PLS NGS Regional Director
Local (low distortion) Coordinate Systems
IDWR / FEMA
Idaho Code for Surveyors Essentials of Plats Basis of Bearing Corner Perpetuations Student Presentations
Also includes: Survey Olympics, Scholarship Auction, ISPLS Awards Banquet, ISPLS Membership Meeting.
See pages 16-17 for the full schedule &
page 27 for the Registration Form
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gem state surveyorEDITOR: Clint Hansen
ART DIRECTOR: Katy Dang
The Gem State Surveyor is a quarterly publication of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. It is not copyrighted and articles may be reprinted with due credit. Any article, letters, or other contributions will be accepted and considered for publication regardless of the author’s affi liation. Statements of opinion which may be expressed may not necessarily represent the offi cial views of ISPLS unless specifi cally noted. Article submission must be in digital form. Photographs must be high resolution .jpeg fi les.
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table of contentsEditor’s Note
Surveyors & Title
2014 Conference Schedule
Alan Wright Obituary
Jim Smith, et al....................................................20
Board Meeting Minutes
Visit our webpage for the latest newswww.idahospls.org
calendar of eventsISPLS Board Meetings:
March 4, 2014 Pocatello
Idaho Board of PE & Land Surveyors Meetings:February 10-11, 2014 MeridianMarch 3-4, 2014 PocatelloJune 5-6, 2014 MeridianAugust 7-9, 2014 RigginsNovember 6-7, 2014 Meridian
PS Exams in Boise:April 11, 2014 (Deadlline to register Feb. 20)October 24, 2014 (Deadline Sep. 4)
NCEES Meetings: March 4, 2014 Lincoln, NEB August 20-23, 2014 Seattle, WA
ISPLS Annual Conferences: March 4-7, 2014 Pocatello2015 Boise
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editor’s commentsClint Hansen, PLS
Over the last few years, I have been going through somewhat of a transformation. Not a physical transformation, but a mental one. It started with opening up my mind and world view a little bit to the possibility that maybe I was wrong about something. Something that has been a part of me my whole life, something that I had always known to be the right and only way. As I opened my mind and began to look at different ideas, philosophies, psychology, and world views I came to the realization that, believe it or not, I was wrong.
Why is it that our human nature is to always be “right” about something while we immediately reject any confl icting view as being “wrong”? Everyone does it. We surround ourselves with like-minded individuals that share our beliefs and perspectives, and debate and reject those who oppose them. We all have, in our mind, those things that we hold as absolute, unchanging truth. And sometimes, we do whatever is necessary to defend those truths, even when they are demonstrated as being blatantly false.
I have read many books over the last few years about this subject. In the book “Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me” by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, it explains how our minds work, and how we are subject to different biases that enable us to justify and rationalize our behaviors. The Confi rmation Bias, for example, is the tendency of people to favor information that confi rms their beliefs, and reject information that is contrary to them. There are many types of confi rmation biases that affect the way we process information. These biases affect how we search for information, how that information is processed and interpreted, and even how we remember things and events that have occurred in our lives.
As I started to study this and other things, a whole new world has been opening up to me. It has had a profound impact on my life. It is like the analogy of Plato’s Cave. If I had been wrong about this very
important thing that I had believed my whole life, what else could I be wrong about? I read more and more about how the mind works and about the psychology of belief. And, for the fi rst time, I also studied information about my world view from an un-biased mindset.
So, why am I writing this for my editor’s note for the Winter Edition of the Gem State Surveyor? No, I am not leaving the practice of surveying to pursue my dream as a professional snow boarder. One reason is because this has been a life changing “awakening” for me. The other reason is because I can see these things refl ected in our profession.
How many of us believe that we are the best surveyor out there, and that the majority of all others in the profession are “idiots”? How many of us, when we tie into a monument that was set before us, sometimes even very recently, and it isn’t where we had calculated it immediately take the position of the previous surveyor being the one that is wrong? How many of us of, when we read an article or listen to a presentation that confl icts with our approach, immediately determine that the author or presenter is wrong and simply reject the information and continue to do things the same way we have always done it? After all, if it has always been done a certain way, why should we change it?
Sometimes, even after hours of work and research, we are still wrong. Those are the times when it is the hardest to admit it. Our good name and liability is on the line. What will our client or other professionals think? What will this cost to correct the problem? Maybe it will go unnoticed or be forgotten about, and it really won’t have an impact to anyone…. yet.
This is not something that is easily overcome. It isn’t easy to evaluate things with an un-biased mindset and be able to accept reality, even if it is different from our truth. But, in my opinion, this is what we must do as a profession if we are to have a successful future. We are all professionals, trying our best to do our best, and always in the best interest of the public. So how can we all have so many different views and perspectives on how to go about a survey? Maybe one of us is wrong, and maybe it’s not the other surveyor. Or, maybe they are wrong, or we are both wrong, or we are both right. Regardless of the situation, I think it is of utmost importance to keep an open mind about things. It’s alright to be wrong, and I accept that now.
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Buildingrelationships, one monument at a time.
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president’s messageNathan J. Dang, PLS
A few short years ago we were told this would never happen, yet our legislative sub-committee to update the Idaho Code defi nition of land surveying has garnered the support of the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. In a November meeting of the IPEPLS, a motion was approved to work with our committee and using the NCEES Model Law as the basis, create a legislative idea for presentation to Idaho Legislature this August. We look forward to continuing our defi nition work with the support and authority of our licensure board!
Our annual ballot at the end of this month will be a busy one. We will vote on our revised By-Laws, Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors board representative, and National Society of Professional Surveyors representative. This time around, we will not vote for a Vice President or Treasurer. The revised By-Laws will change the Vice President and President positions to a 2-year commitment, so voting for Vice President will change to every other year. Treasurer will become a 3 year commitment: thanks, Mr. Frisbie!
Our NSPS representative, Dave Short, has decided to pass along the duties to another member. Mr. Short led the ISPLS through a tumultuous time with our national alliance. Let’s take a moment to congratulate
Mr. Short on the work he has done as our NSPS representative during this time of great restructuring at the national and state level.
With the passage of this organization’s revised by-laws we will have a new standing committee structure within our Board of Governors. Last spring I wrote, “The goal of restructuring is to put more of our organization’s decision-making power into the Sections and to increase overall participation by our members. Under the new structure section members will be active in the affairs that have in the recent past been administered by the BOG.” Now is the time to get involved.
At our annual conference this March in Pocatello we will have a workshop for the formation of these committees. Our BOG has provided an outline of perceived duties and a rough sketch of who might be a good fi t to be involved with each committee and that is all. At the workshop our membership will volunteer to be chairmen and committee members for the Administrative, External Marketing, Internal Marketing, Education and Innovation committees. The volunteer members of the committees formed at this workshop will work to defi ne the structure, duties and goals of each committee. Our future is in your hands.
See you there.GSS
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Surveyors, as a general rule, stay clear of providing title opinions — rightfully so. Nevertheless, reasonably competent surveying services must rely on some fundamental knowledge of title opinions. A surveyor that is ignorant about the basis for a title opinion could fail to provide relevant information necessary for an attorney to provide a competent title opinion.
A deed is merely evidence of title -- not proof of title
One of the fundamental concepts forming the need for an informed title opinion from a competent source is the fact that the deed is merely evidence of title, not proof of title. Every surveyor has heard a client or neighbor claiming: “I’ve got title to that property” or “I own that property.” The statement is usually made as they waive their deed about in a manner meant to forestall any further questioning of their right to claim to some boundary. However, unless the surveyor is in one of the few states permitting registered title and the surveyor is actually dealing with a registered title in that state, a deed is merely evidence of title – NOT proof of title. This is true despite the fact the deed is a warranty deed. If a deed were proof of ownership there would be no need for a title search or title insurance. Since the deed is only evidence of title and not proof, the prudent buyer will obtain a title opinion. A title opinion is founded on two parts: 1) facts and information about the title and 2) an analysis of the facts and information culminating in an informed opinion. The facts are usually portrayed in the form of an abstract of prior records. The abstract is a compilation of information found in deeds, mortgages, releases, and other recorded documents. In the past, an abstract of title was prepared (or an existing abstract added to) for almost every property conveyed. The completed abstract was examined by a knowledgeable attorney who provided an opinion on the title. A title opinion will opine that the title is one of the following (not always succinctly): clear, marketable, defensible, clouded (unmarketable), or there is merely color of title. Clear title is title that has no defects. It is title unencumbered by liens, encroachments, or other impediments that would cut short or curtail the complete and reasonable enjoyment of the entire property. In
modern practice, title that is encumbered by zoning restrictions is still considered clear unless the current use of the property is in violation of the zoning. Marketable title is title that a reasonably prudent and intelligent person, informed of the facts and their legal ramifi cations, would be willing to accept in the ordinary course of business. Marketable title is generally free from serious encumbrances, material defects, reasonable doubts, and well-founded concerns about its validity. It is title that can be sold or used as security at fair market value and allows the owner quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the property. It is title that does not expose an owner to probable litigation (regardless of the probability that the litigation outcome will be in the owner’s favor). Circumstances that have been found to make title unmarketable include breaks or gaps in the chain of title, encroachments that violate zoning, title founded on adverse possession (but not litigated to quiet title), less than a complete property interest, impairment of legal access, and boundary disputes or potential boundary problems. Defensible title is title that has potential problems that will not likely cause the loss of title but would cause the prudent buyer to pay less than the market value. Defensible title looks to the probability of the outcome of litigation involving a title defect. Marketable title looks to the probable and reasonable likelihood of litigation exposure. Clouded or unmarketable title is title that is defective in some aspect suffi cient to cause reasonable concern that the buyer will not receive all the benefi ts they have bargained for. While the buyer may be willing to purchase the property, the price will be less than the fair market value of the property had the title to the property existed without the defi ciency. Color of title is the appearance of title. It is title that is all form without substance. The person has a deed but the deed conveyed no title. Interjected into the title determination and acceptability of the title opinion is title insurance. Title can be insured against loss, damage, etc., from a multitude of sources, based on the standards of the insurer and the risk of loss. From a practical viewpoint, all title is insurable if the premiums are made large
surveyors & titleKnud Hermansen, PLS, PE, PhD, Esq. †
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enough or the list of exceptions extensive enough. Consequently, the term “insurable title” has some wide possibilities. Title insurance can, in some cases, insure the marketability of the title. This has given some people room to argue that title insurance should be able to substitute for marketable title when the title insurance company is ready and willing to provide insurance that will affi rmatively cover one or more conditions that may affect the marketability. However, marketable title and insurable title are not the same as they differ by discrimination criterion. Marketable title uses a reasonably intelligent or prudent person criterion based on future prospects for the property. Furthermore, marketable title requires a person accept or reject the title as it stands at the time of conveyance. The buyer or lender cannot qualify or condition their acceptance of the title. On the other hand, insurable title uses a reasonably prudent investor or insurer criterion. The investor or insurer analyzes the risks, costs, profi t margins, and the likelihood of successfully defending the title. The insurer can change the risk and amount of their indemnity by adding exceptions to the policy or using affi rmative insurance. Consequently, they have the power to set conditions or stipulations for insuring the title that the buyer or lender does not have when determining if the title is marketable. Consider the buyer who intends to build a house and a large garage where that person can indulge in his hobby of working on old cars. The buyer chooses a lot that is just suffi cient in size to build the house and large garage. The seller is an elderly widow who is motivated to sell and plans to move in with her daughter. As a result, the buyer gets a great deal, purchasing the lot and residence for $120,000. In the purchase and sales agreement, the buyer agreed to accept insurable title rather than marketable title. As a consequence an abbreviated title examination occurs and an owner’s title policy is issued. After purchasing the lot, the buyer discovers the width of the lot is fi ve feet less than described in the deed. As a result of the defi ciency in the width, the large garage cannot be built. The buyer fi les a claim with the title insurer. The title insurer contacts the neighbor to determine the cost and availability of purchasing a fi ve-foot strip. The neighbor demands $3,000. Next the title insurer obtains an
appraisal on the lot with fi ve feet less in width. The appraisal values the lot at $119,000. The title insurer sends the buyer a check for $1,000. The buyer has been fi nancially compensated for the loss sustained by the reduced width. The title insurer is obligated to fi nancially compensate for the loss sustained, not satisfy the needs or aspirations of the buyer. Title opinions have defi ciencies. Both the abstract and opinion are only as good as the knowledge, training, and experience of the person preparing the abstract and tendering the opinion. Even a quality title opinion has dozens of caveats (usually unstated). Matters outside the record, defects arising from government regulations (e.g., zoning), encumbrances appearing in the record beyond the period encompassed in the title search, or conditions at the site, to name a few, are often not factored into a title opinion.Without words to the contrary in a purchase and sales agreement for property, the buyer or lender has the right to expect marketable title from the seller or borrower where a warranty deed is sought and promised.
Every purchaser of land has a right to demand a title which shall put him in all reasonable security and which shall protect him from anxiety, lest annoying, if not successful suits be brought against him, and probably take from him or his representatives, land upon which money was invested. He should have a title which shall enable him not only to hold his land, but to hold it in peace; and if he wishes to sell it, to be reasonably sure that no fl aw or doubt will come up to disturb its marketable value. Hebb v. Severson, 32 Wash.2d 159, 167-168, 201 P.2d 156, 159 (1948) quoting Dobbs v. Norcross, 24 N.J.Eq. 327
Consequently, surveying services involved in the conveyance of property should focus on those aspects of surveying services that could affect the marketability of the title. Discovery of disputed boundaries and encroachments are important. Even remote chances of boundary litigation will make the title unmarketable. All
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conditions to have an affect on the marketability of the title or pose an unacceptable risk for the title insurer. In the day-to-day practice of the surveyor, knowledge of the concepts presented in this article can help the surveyor in deciding what needs to be reported or can be safely ignored. A title analysis when contemplating the detail involved in surveying services and reporting problems discovered comes down to the answer to two simple questions: 1) Would the reasonable buyer be concerned with the problem? 2) Will the condition or problem affect the value of the property? (Both questions are interrelated.) With these two questions in mind, the surveyor would not likely be faulted for failing to report that the neighbor’s driveway cuts across the corner of the client’s property (by 0.8 feet). On the other hand, the failure of the surveyor to report the neighbor’s well head is fi ve feet within the client’s property would likely have adverse consequences on the marketability of the client’s title and could result in liability to the surveyor. (Although the surface area of both encroachments is approximately the same.) Hopefully the concepts explained in this article will help surveyors understand title concerns and how surveying services relate to and may impact on the title.
† Knud is a professor in the college of engineering at the University of Maine. He provides consulting services in the area of alternate dispute resolution, boundary disputes, easements, and land development.
problems that have a potential detraction on the marketability of the property should be reported. Here ++is where a surveyor who presumes adverse possession or prescription has occurred and fails to report this defi ciency in title does the client a disservice. Without a judgment supporting title gained by adverse possession or prescription, the title is not marketable.1
Sometimes when a surveyor has discovered a problem and reported the problem, the surveyor has been pressured by a closing agent to obscure or remove the written disclosure from the survey work products in order that the buyer may be led to believe the buyer will be receiving marketable title. The surveyor should make every effort to provide complete and accurate information for persons to arrive at a competent decision on the status of the title to be conveyed. This caution does always require every problem that exists be discovered or emphasized in a report. Consider a 500-acre farm that has a one-foot strip of encroachment along an 80-foot section of the farm’s boundary. This title is not a “clear title” because of the possibility of adverse possession of the one-foot strip. Nevertheless, the relatively small encroachment along such a small portion of the boundary to a large property will have no effect on the marketability of the title. A reasonable buyer, informed of the encroachment would still be willing to pay the fair market value for the 500-acre farm with or without the one-foot encroachment. Yet, the same one-foot encroachment on a one-quarter acre urban lot would make the title unmarketable. The reasonable buyer would either refuse to purchase the lot or demand a reduction in the purchase price upon discovery of the one-foot encroachment along a boundary of the one-quarter acre lot. The concepts that have been outlined in this article point to the basis for many of the requirements set forth in the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey. As petty as many of the ALTA/ACSM Land Title requirements may appear to the surveyor, an insurer has judged the presence or, in some cases, the absence of certain features or
1 � See Ivalis v. Harding, 496 N.W.2d 690, 173 Wis.2d 751 (1993) where the court ultimately determined the boundaries located by the surveyor were in fact the actual boundaries of the property based on adverse possession but nevertheless held the surveyor liable for the cost of the litigation in order to perfect the title to the property by adverse possession.
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Emmett Bennett walked the streets of Rapid City fi ve days a week for 25 years. He walked with purpose, delivering the mail. On weekends, for relaxation — and to stay in shape for Monday — Emmett and his wife Mary Ellen took a hike.
Bennett had volunteered for the army in 1940, and fought in Africa. After the war he took a job with the postal service, where he resisted all attempts to move him to inside jobs. He retired in 1970, but even before he delivered his last piece of mail, he had found a new reason to walk.
One day in 1963, Bennett reached the city limits, but kept on walking. Then he found a purpose for his exploration of the Black Hills — searching for the boundaries of 19th-century mining claims. Emmett and Mary Ellen’s children were in scouts, and Emmett took the scouts out to teach them to use a compass. While surveying an old claim in the western Hills, he stumbled across U.S. Locating Monument No. 79, and a new passion was born.
Having discovered that surveyors had marked the boundaries of the state with cottonwood, iron or granite posts at every mile a century earlier, Bennett began a
boundary walkerBy Jerry Wilson
trek around western South Dakota. He resolved to rediscover and map the lost and forgotten markers that encircle the entire state, except the southeast corner where the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers provided a natural boundary.
“I have no idea what motivated him,” said his lifetime mate. “He did like to hike, and he liked to have a purpose for hiking. It was a challenge to fi nd as many of the original surveying markers as he could, and to get from one to the next. For him to take a walk he had to have some place he wanted to go.”
Bennett began the western boundary at the southwest corner of the state, where South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming meet, the spot where Rollin J. Reeves, guided by the stars, began his survey in 1877. Reeves marked the border to the Montana line, roughly following the 104th meridian. Every mile he planted a cottonwood post, inscribed with a mile number and the name of the state on either side. The rest of the western border, with Montana, was surveyed seven years later by Daniel G. Major.
In 1904 the line was resurveyed, the Wyoming border by Edward F. Stahle and the Montana section by Frank S.
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Peck. This time the boundary was marked more permanently, with 6x6-inch, 6-foot granite posts where it was possible to deliver them, or with 3-inch by 4-foot iron posts with an inscribed brass cap. Many of the granite posts were quarried in Sioux Falls, hauled as far as possible by train, and then by mule wagon to the appointed place.
Though the original wooden markers were presumably rotted away by Emmett Bennett’s time, he found most of the granite and steel replacements intact, though sometimes askew. When he found posts leaning, he occasionally took the time to set them right. Bennett’s mapping work was so much appreciated by South Dakota’s Society of Professional Land Surveyors that in 1999 they honored him for his contributions to the profession.
On some searches Mary Ellen walked with him; other times she dropped him off, then picked him up at the next crossroad a few miles up. Occasionally they lost each other, but as long as there was another boundary marker to fi nd, Emmett kept walking. Sometimes other motorists would stop to see if Mary Ellen had a fl at or needed help. “Oh, no, my husband’s just wandering out there,” she’d say. “I drop him off here and wait for him up yonder.”
Using whatever maps were available and a compass to guide his feet, Bennett walked several miles of sometimes rugged, pathless terrain a day — once a 10-mile stretch. He gauged the distance between markers with his watch, 20 minutes per mile in open country. Mary helped with research and typed up his observations. “He kept good notes, which now are scattered hither and yon,” she said.
After he found and described as many of the western border markers as he could, Bennett turned his attention to the northern boundary. He read Gordon Iseminger’s Quartzite Border, and in February 1990, Emmett and Mary Ellen went to the northwest corner of the state and started walking east along the North Dakota line toward the Missouri River. The fi rst day’s hike took them as far as the Little Missouri River in Harding County. Many hikes later, Emmett, now 80 years old, had walked every step of the northern boundary to the big Missouri — except a forbidding fi ve-mile buffalo pasture.
In November Emmett and Mary Ellen traveled to the southwest corner, and again Bennett headed east, this time along the Nebraska line. Except for a 30-mile stretch east of Pine Ridge, he walked the southern border to the initial surveying point on the Keya Paha River, southwest of Gregory.
In all these hundreds of miles of cross-country walking, Bennett took careful notes of the location, condition and terrain of every marker he found. His records indicate the date, the mile post number, how much of the marker was showing above the ground, and whether the post was
upright, leaning so many degrees in a particular direction, or down. His fi eld notes sometimes included an index card with a drawing of the brass cap atop the post, a map with the legal description, and notes such as “high up on the south slope of the hill” — anything that might help the next searcher fi nd the spot.
Thirty years into his boundary walks, having traversed the borders of half the state, Bennett began in 1995 to walk the Base Line — the imaginary east-west stripe across the middle of South Dakota from Jones County, just south of his boyhood home of Ft. Pierre, through the Black Hills to the Initial Point where the Base Line meets the Black Hills Meridian on the Wyoming border. This was the original surveyor’s base line, established in 1877 by James A. Williamson, commissioner of the General Land Offi ce, and Henry Esperson, surveyor general of Dakota Territory in Yankton. It was the starting point for surveying western South Dakota and the Black Hills.
By 1998 Bennett had completed that journey, except for a short stretch between Murdo and Kadoka. But he still had not relocated the monument which marks the intersection of the base line and the 100th meridian on the Wyoming border near the Pennington-Custer County line. On August 17 he and Mary Ellen walked west from Redbank Campground, just off Forest Service Road 117 in southwest Pennington County, seeking the point where the West River surveys began. Late in the afternoon she stopped to rest, while Emmett searched on ahead.
Darkness fell, and Emmett did not return. After a frantic night, Mary Ellen called the sheriff. Searchers fi nally found Emmett the second night, wandering the 6,600-foot Limestone Plateau just across the Wyoming line. disoriented and dehydrated. Apparently he had gotten turned around, and perhaps even blacked out, Mary Ellen said.
Annoyed at getting lost so near his prize, Bennett spent the next couple of weeks studying his maps, trying to fi gure out where he’d made a wrong turn. He made two trips to Newcastle, Wyo., looking for other possible trails.
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Then he set out again on the last day of September, determined to fi nd the elusive marker.
Again, Emmett Bennett did not return. This time Mary Ellen was even more alarmed, especially when the night turned cold and rain began to fall. In the morning the Pennington County sheriff dispatched a search and rescue team. Word of the missing man spread, and for the next two days as many as 50 people combed the rugged state-line area. On the third day, a Colorado team with search dogs found Emmett Bennett’s body at the bottom of a brushy ravine in Parmlee Canyon, a quarter mile across the Wyoming line, just west of the mile post he sought.
Why Emmett Bennett ‘s passion to walk? Why the need to be out of doors, whatever the weather? Maybe his birthday has something to do with it. After all, Bennett was born on Earth Day. Or rather, Earth Day was born on Emmett Bennett’s birthday, April 22, 1970. Millions of Americans celebrated Bennett’s 60th birthday as he did, by walking — marching in demonstrations around the nation to protest pollution of Planet Earth.
Bennett celebrated the 20th Earth Day and his own 80th birthday by climbing Harney Peak, the highest point between the Big Horns and the Alps. But for those who knew him, the feat of climbing the state’s highest mountain at age 80 came as no surprise.
The truth is, that when Emmett Bennett walked, it was only because he was pacing himself. He was reining in his natural tendency to run. For not only endurance, but speed was in Emmett Bennett’s blood. From 1926-1930, he earned 12 athletic letters at Rapid City High School — in football, basketball and track. In 1929 he placed sixth in the nation in the 440-yard race in Chicago. In 1938 and 1939 he was the city tennis champion. In the early 30s he built his own canoe and paddled most of the streams of western South Dakota.
In 1953, though Emmett had only recently begun fl ying, he and Mary Ellen entered a cross-country lightcraft air race from Philadelphia to California. They didn’t tell their friends about the race, because they weren’t sure they could fi nish. They won fi rst place in their division.
Retired from the post offi ce in 1970, Bennett had more time to play tennis and to walk. A decade later, now in his 70s, he began to supplement these activities with Volksmarching. In three years the Bennetts walked 2,500 miles in 17 states. At 74 he rode his bicycle across Nebraska from Sidney to Papillion, a meandering 512 miles in seven days. Twice he rode across Minnesota.
Then he decided it was time to renew his track career. At age 74 Bennett competed in a triathlon in Northfi eld, Minn., a 67-kilometer race consisting of 7 kilometers by canoe, 50 by bicycle, and 10 on foot. He completed the
42-mile race in under fi ve hours, winning not only his own age division of people over 70, but beating all the 60-year-olds and even all those over 50.
A decade later, now 85 years old, Bennett was still running. At the 1995 Senior Olympics in St. Louis, he competed in eight events, including the long jump. In fi ve events he set new records.
So this was the Emmett Bennett who, on that late September day in 1998, set out on his last walk. Perhaps he became disoriented again. Maybe he fell, or blacked out. Or possibly he simply lay down to rest, and didn’t get up. The fi rst chill of winter came that night, and by morning he was dead.
Walking was as natural to Emmett Bennett as breathing air. But why the attraction to boundaries for a man whose very life said movement, independence, speed? For a quarter century Bennett walked the line. To earn his bread, he traversed the same prescribed path, day after day. But for 88 years he also pushed the line, tore away at the envelope, lunged toward freedom. He was a man who defi ed boundaries, pushed himself to the last ounce of endurance, broke through the fi nish line.
Perhaps there was within him some need for the line, even if artifi cial or imagined, something to keep him in check, to give life order. Something epitomized by a boundary marked at regular intervals with granite posts.
Otherwise, he might not have returned. He might have simply kept on walking. Somehow, it’s comforting to know that the night Emmett Bennett died, he was across the line, beyond the boundary marker he sought.
But this is idle speculation, the rumination of one who sits at a desk wondering, one who might rather be there under the open sky with Emmett Bennett, a man who for 88 years did what he loved doing — putting one foot in front of the other, his eye on some goal up ahead, a mail box, a fi nish line, a six-foot granite post, the summit of the next horizon.
Bennett rests by the fi re tower at the top of Harney Peak on his 80th birthdayt
Continued from page 13
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Editor’s Note: This story is revised from the May/June 2000 issue of South Dakota Magazine. To order a copy or to subscribe, call 800-456-5117. SUbmitted to GSS by Jeremy Fielding.
Bennett (left) set new records in fi ve of the eight Senior Olympics events he entered.
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2014 ispls conference schedule
40 years – a firm foundationpocatello, idaho
Tuesday March 4th
1:00 – 6:00 ISPLS Board Meeting
Wednesday March 5th
8:00 – 12:00 ISPLS Committee Meetings
8:00 – 12:00 ISU Geomatics Advisory Board Meeting
10:00 – 1:00 Registration
1:00 – 1:30 Opening Ceremony TRACK 1 TRACK 2 TRACK 3
1:30 – 3:00 Surveyor Safety: “NGS: Local FEMA / IDWR URS and OSHA Coordinate Systems” LOMA / Elevation Certifi cates Mark Armstrong
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Surveyor Safety “NGS: Local FEMA / IDWR URS and OSHA Coordinate Systems” LOMA / Elevation Certifi cates
. Mark Armstrong
6:00 – 8:00 ISPLS Annual Banquet NSPS Area 9 Director Carl C. de Baca– Keynote Address
Thursday March 6th
**Silent Auction all day
7:00 am – 8:00 Breakfast Buffet Registration cont. Vendor Set-up
8:00 – 9:45 John Stahl: “Understanding Monuments: Who’s Monument Control and Why?” 9:45 – 10:15 Break
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10:15 – Noon John Stahl: “Understanding Monuments,” continued
Noon to 1:30 Lunch: ISPLS Membership Meeting
1:30 – 3:00 John Stahl: “Understanding the Risks Associated with Surveys, Descriptions & Plats” 3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 John Stahl: “Understanding the Risks,” continued 6:30 – 9:00 ISPLS Scholarship Awards Dinner & Live Auction
**Survey Olympics with vendors all day
Friday March 7th
7:00– 8:00 Breakfast Buffet Registration
CST Examinations Starting at 8:00 am at Idaho State University. 8:00 - 9:45 TRACK 1 TRACK 2 John Stahl: “Idaho Code
“Boundary Disputes for Surveyors”& Discrepancies – Bruce AndersonThe Interplay of the Legal, Title, Real Estate, and Surveying Professions”
9:45 – 10:00 Break 10:00 - Noon John Stahl, continued Bruce Anderson, continued Noon – 1:30 Lunch & Survey Olympics Award 1:30 – 3:00 John Stahl, continued “MCPD: Surveyors Role” ITD / Dioptra
3:00 – 3:15 Break 3:15 – 5:00 John Stahl, continued ISU - Geomatics Student Projects
Register ONLINE or see page 27 for Registration Form
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www.nsps.us.com click on CERTIFIED SURVEY TECHNICIAN tab
NSPS CERTIFIED SURVEY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
ARE YOU A CST?
Phone: 240.439-4615 ext. 112; E-mail: <[email protected]>NSPS, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704
CST Exams will be admisinistered in conjunction with the ISPLS Conference on March 7, 2014. Please contact CST Coordinator Jeannie Vahsholtz for information on how to register:
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The sudden death of Alan towards the end of June stunned his many friends in the U.K. and has left a large hole in the activities of a range of organisations. He was a man of many parts with interests and contacts around the world.
He died in the same house in which he was born although for some of the years in between he had a cottage in Woking until it became necessary to look after his elderly mother. His roots in Quinton, Birmingham varied from Scouts where he rose to the position of assistant Scout Master; to the Church where he helped in a variety of ways; to long distance walking where was still trudging through Wales and up Plynlimon mountain only a few days before he died; to the Dudley Canal Trust where for some years he assisted with the restoration work and fund raising. Among their boats the Trust has an historic tug/icebreaker which Alan much enjoyed steering around the canals- no doubt it took him back to memories of the Antarctic. He was also active in the Five Ways Old Edwardians Association of his School. Only a few months before his death, he wrote a piece for the Association Newsletter detailing his professional career and present interests.
But what of his background? From the King Edwards School he went to Birmingham University and gained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. From there he went to Bristol Siddeley Engines on rocket research – yes, for a while he was a rocket scientist. From there in 1960 he
joined the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) which soon after changed its name to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). He completed two winters in the Antarctic where transport was by husky dogs and skis. That experience shaped his character yet is diffi cult to imagine for those who never saw such a level of raw nature.
His Antarctic connections continued to be a big part of Alan’s life and he regularly attended reunion meetings where he was clearly at home in the company of fellow surveyors. Many ex-FIDS colleagues travelled long distances to attend the funeral.
During his time in the Antarctic he surveyed what is now known as the Wright Peninsula on Adelaide Island. How many of us can say that they have a part of the world named after them? For his icy endeavours he received a Polar Medal although true to his modest nature, a fact of which not even most of his closest friends and colleagues were aware. In recent years he took a nostalgic trip revisiting the area where he was based.
It was after the Antarctic, over some 40 or so years, that I got to know him through his activities during 15 years as a Technical Sales Engineer with Tellurometer (UK) Ltd and later when, for 30 years, he ran his own fi rm of Global Surveys Ltd. There he specialised in Transit Satellite receivers and then GPS receivers. His work took him all around the world and gave him stamps from some 80 countries in his passport.
alan frederic wright (1934-2013)
Jim Smith, with contributions from friends and colleagues of Alan.
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In 2008 his years of experience with many models of the Tellurometer made him an ideal co-author of the defi nitive book* on the story of the Tellurometer. This drew extensively from his period with the fi rm and the contacts he made then and in later years. In 2009, when in South Africa, he went considerably out of his way to visit the widow of Dr Wadley (inventor of the Tellurometer**) who then lived on the borders of poverty near Durban. Coincidentally, she only died earlier this year. During that same visit Alan gave a presentation on the Tellurometer to the SAIEE (South African Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.) During a meeting in Cape Town the same year Alan, with colleague Brian Sturman, persuaded an original set of the M/RA1, of 1957 vintage, to work.
With his semi-retirement and shorter full retirement, he became an active contributor to The FIG (International Federation of Surveyors). He specialised within that organisation in its History of Surveying & Measurement Group, (IIHSM), latterly being involved in the Struve Geodetic Arc*** World Heritage Monument and its possible enhancement incorporating the Arc of the 30th Meridian to South Africa. For some years he led the ICES (Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors) delegation to FIG and was much respected in that role by all those who he came in contact with. Aside from historical matters his main interests were in Commission 5 (Positioning & Measurement) and Commission 6 (Engineering Surveys).
He was an avid participant in numerous international and national surveying conferences in all fi ve continents and with his roving survey work had in his passport something like 80 countries visited. He would often ask the questions that others were afraid to ask.
He made a regular annual pilgrimage to the European ski slopes pursuing the skills he had honed in the Antarctic so many years before. Even earlier this year at age 78 he was doing the red runs.
Ever the complete gentleman, nothing was too much trouble and he was always fi rst to volunteer. Generous at all times whether in word or kind. Whilst he could be described as something of a loner; possibly arising from his period in the Antarctic; because he was always happy to go off travelling on his own, but then he was just as willing to join others if the situation arose. Often he would add a week or two on to a Conference to travel around the country concerned. He was never happier than when he could be of help to someone whether driving them to appointments or helping them in a myriad of other ways.
He was very much the practical man rather than writer of technical papers. On two occasions he joined my wife and me on safari trips to game reserves in South Africa. This appealed very much to him since he had not previously participated in such an activity.
His one big disappointment was the failure, over many years, to fi nd a permanent home for his large collection of Tellurometers and other instruments. He was really looking for a Museum of Mapping to be formed but alternative solutions will have to be considered. His untimely death leaves that problem still unanswered and if readers of this can make any suggestions or recommendations as to a good home for the equipment that would be much appreciated. In the fi rst instance please contact: [email protected] for details of the collection.
The Tellurometer. From Dr Wadley to the MRA7. J R Smith, B Sturman & A F Wright. 2008. Published by Tellumat, South Africa. 243 pages. 203 Illustrations.
Cape Town. May 2009. Jim Smith, Brian Sturman, Mary von Hirschberg (a sister of Dr Wadley) and Alan Wright, with copies of the Tellurometer book and the accompanying, smaller volume, Trevor Lloyd Wadley. Genius of the Tellurometer.
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One always looked forward to his Christmas cards which invariably featured old maps of the World in full colour. Not the cheapest of cards, but very memorable. He will be sorely missed as an ambassador for the profession and for the fi ne example he set the following generations.
The Wright Peninsula
An extract, (courtesy of BAS), from the British Antarctic Survey 1:250,000 scale map Adelaide Island and Arrowsmith Peninsula. Wright Peninsula is a well-known and important feature because of the location of the Rothera Research Station and people travelling on it for fi eld training, equipment testing and recreational travel from the base had to travel across Wright Peninsula to access the rest of Adelaide Island. The British Antarctic Territory gazetteer entry is:“ … between Stonehouse Bay and Ryder Bay, SE Adelaide Island, following survey by FIDS (Falkland Island Dependencies Survey) from Adelaide, 1961-62, was named after Alan Frederic Wright (b.1934), BAS surveyor, Adelaide, 1961-63 ”.
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minutes - board of directors meetingBoise
December 7, 2013
Call to Order: Nate Dang, President Call to Order 8:22
Members Present - Brian Allen; Rodney Burch, Eastern Section Director; Jack Clark; Katy Dang, Executive Director; Nate Dang, President; Jeannie Vahsholtz, Vice President; Jeremy Fielding, Secretary; Steve Frisbie, Treasurer; Glenn Bennett, WestFed Representative; John Russell, High Country Section Representative; Mitch Christian, Southwest Section Director; Rob Stratton, Northern Section Director; Bill Farnsworth, State Geospatial Information Offi cer; Bob Jones, QBS; Dave Short, NSPS Representative; John Howe, IBPEPLS; Rick Callor; Tim Fox; Ron Hodge Magic Valley Section replacement Representative and Past President replacement Representative.
Reports: 2014 Conference -Rodney Burch; Reported that they have a preliminary schedule posted online. This year they are having an OSHA safety class and BLM opted out. Tuesday afternoon will be the ISPLS Board meeting and the conference will offi cially start Wednesday afternoon. So far they have Mark Armstrong, Bruce Anderson, John Staal, and they are still working on having Karey Sigman and the NSPS President or his representative as a speaker. Rodney suggested that we look into purchasing our own audio visual system to maybe cut down costs in the future. Katy said that she would look at a cost analysis and report back to the board.
2015 Conference will be in Boise. Glenn Bennett has volunteered to chair the committee. Suggestions were given to the possible location but that will be forth coming.
Safety Presentation-Bob Jones, Tim Fox, and Rick Callor gave a brief run down on the committee’s safety program that they putting together for the 2014 conference. They would like to send their safety plan that is modeled after Oregon and Washington to all the Sections to review.
Committee reports: Defi nition of Surveying- Bob Jones; Reported that all the different agencies have been contacted except for AGC. Bob said that they had met with the IBPEPLS requested adoption of the model law for surveying into State law. Dave Short said that NSPS is looking at updating the model law and their rules this year. John Howe stated that Keith has sent an email of possible changes (strike & underscore), but that we need letters of support.
C.P.&F.-Rob Stratton; Reported that they need more time to address concerns to change the language to the CPF law verse the Record of Survey law, and to make the changes enforceable. Ron said he looked into the history of the law and that the intent was to have a Record Number attached to the survey map, and not all the numbers for that corner on the map. John Russell stated that we need to update and modernize the recording system. Rob stated that we need to modify the history of the corner on the forms.
By-laws Committee-Ron Hodge; Reported that everything is ready for a vote.
SWOT Process-Nate Dang; Reported that the next task is once the vote for the By-laws in passed then we can setup the committees. He is looking for direction. Rob suggested that we look for individuals who are outside of the board, and that we need to send out an email of the committee defi nitions and a time frame. The following is a list of individuals that could potentially be on the fi ve (5) newly formed committees once the new By-laws are passed: Administration Committee-Tom Ruby, Jack Clark, Steve Frisbie; External Marketing-Ron Hodge, WestFed Rep, NSPS Rep, Jerry Hastings, QBS Rep; Internal Marketing-Katy Dang, Clint Hansen, All Section Directors; Education Committee-Steve Staab, John Russell, Jeannie Vahsholtz, Raja, Rob Liimakka, John Elle; Innovation Committee-Rodney Burch, Rayce Ruiz, GIS (replacement person for Curtis Smith), Aaron Rush, Tyson Glahe.
IBEPLS Member Selection-Steve Frisbie; Reported that Glenn Bennett, Bob Jones, and Brian Allen will be on this year’s ballot.
New Business Nominations-Nate Dang; Reported that Steve Frisbie will be on the ballot for Treasurer, and no one was nominated for Vice President. We need a name for NSPS representative with Bio’s and picture by December 31st to put on the ballot. Award nominations for Distinguished Service Award; Friend of the Society; Surveyor of the Year-None. Mitch motioned to accept the nomination. Seconded by Glenn Bennett. Motion passed. Rob motioned to accept the nomination. Seconded by John Russell. Motion passed. Lunch Break at 11:45. Resume at 12:21
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Compensation of travel costs-John Russell; Reported that we need to re-visit our costs and update them. Ron Hodge motioned to have the Treasurer do an expense analysis of travel costs for compensation. Seconded by Glenn Bennett. Motion passed.
By-laws-Ron Hodge; Reported that he would like the board to consider having the existing executive committee fi nish their term to help transition in to the new By-laws. Ron Hodge motioned to have himself add a sentence into the By-laws to clarify the transition of our current executive committee into the new By-law offi ces. Seconded by John Russell. Motion passed.
Separation of Licensing Board-Brian Allen; Brought up the question for the need of two licensing boards. First and for most are we a trade or a profession? Brian gave a list of other professions within the State of Idaho that do not a “shall and shall not” book, but is left to their professional judgment. Jack Clark asked if we want to be self-regulated or self-governing. John Russell stated that this question always has come down to money. John Howe stated the IBPEPLS looking into revising the Board make-up to 5 PE’s and 2 PLS’s. Jack Clark motioned to have a letter to the IBPEPLS urging a 4-3 make-up in response to their letter issue recently. Seconded by John Russell. Discussion on the subject. Motion passed. ISU Surveying Work-Jeannie Vahsholtz; Reported that ISU has approached the surveying club about earning money by doing surveying for land they own or intent to purchase. She stated that she had told ISU no but is looking for direction for the board. John Russell stated that this could become a slippery slope. Glenn Bennett thought that there could be a confl ict of interest in a State Organization taking jobs from the private sector. Rodney said that he could draft a letter for Jeannie to take back to ISU. Jeremy motioned to have Rodney Burch draft a letter for Nate to send to Jeannie. Seconded by John Russell. Motion passed.
Benefi ts Package for Executive Director-Steve Frisbie; Reported that the Executive Director is over her allotted time by 162 hours over her salary and is looking for compensation. Discussion was had on the current job description and if it needed modify to cover all the tasks that the current Director does. It was felt that the current job description was vague. Rob motioned for Steve to bring a report of the Directors Letter of Employment and to have a yearly review every December of her job tasks/bonus, and to have the Director create a work description of the tasks she currently preforms. Seconded by Ron Hodge. Motion passed. Rob motioned to compensate the 162 hours at $27.10/hour for a total of $4390.20 as detailed by the Executive Director. Seconded by Glenn Bennett. Motion passed 7-4.
ISU Grant Application-Rodney Burch; Reported that a grant application is being drafted for the RTN establishment to fund the fi rst fi ve years at about a $300K request. $150K for Hardware and $150K for operational tasks, and then it will become a user fee afterwards. Rayce is looking for a letter of support to add to the grant application. Mitch motioned to have the ISPLS draft a letter of support to Rayce Ruiz for the grant. Seconded by Jeannie Vahsholtz. Motion passed.
ITD/MCPD-Rodney Burch; Reported that the website can receive control submittals into a network, and to be able to extract information from it as well. ITD and Rayce will provide a seminar free of charge to each of the Sections sometime after the conference on how to use the information. Nate recommended to have Rodney Burch get the information to the different Sections and to the Gem State Surveyor.
NSPS-Dave Short; Reported that he is ready to step down. Nate said that we need to send this down to the Section level to get nominations for anyone interested, and to respond asap.
Letter from Dorothy Walker-Nate Dang; Reported that the ISPLS offi ce had received a letter for a land owner about issues that they have had with surveyors in the past. He is looking for direction. Discussion was had on that this is a perfect example of something that should go before the courts and not be handled by the ISPLS. Jeannie will draft a letter to her and Jack will review it before it’s sent.
TWIST-Glenn Bennett; Reported that this year’s TWIST will be held from June 13th to the 27th. He is looking for nominations asap within the next three months. January 11th is the next WestFed meeting.
Future City Competition-Glenn Bennett; Asked if we wanted to support it through donations and as an award. Jeannie will be a judge and come up with an award. Possibly “ISPLS Surveyor Choice Award”.
WestFed-Glenn Bennett; Reported that WestFed would like to do another joint conference with the ISPLS maybe in 2015. Discussion was had and agreed that it would not be in the best interest of the ISPLS.
Good of the order.
4:19 Adjourn Jeremy Fielding, Secretary
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President Nathan Dang(208) 863-4198 [email protected]
Vice President/President ElectJeannie Vahsholtz(208) 282-2305 [email protected]
SecretaryJeremy Fielding(208) 861-7513 [email protected]
TreasurerSteve Frisbie(208) 323-2288 [email protected]
Immediate Past PresidentTom Ruby(208) 308-4771 [email protected]
National Society of Professional Land Surveyors GovernorDavid Short(208) 250-2359 [email protected]
Westfed GovernorGlenn Bennett(208) 888-4312 [email protected]
CommitteesBylaws: Past President, Tom Ruby Legislation: Southwest Section Director, Mitch ChristianMembership: President Elect, Jeannie VahsholtzEducation: Steve Staab; CST: Jeannie Vahsholtz; Scholarships: John Russell, John ElleArbitration: Current President, Nathan DangPublications: Editor Clint HansenInterprofessional Liaisons: ACEC, Steve Frisbie; QBS, Bob JonesIBPEPLS Member: John HoweTrig Star: Steve Staab
Conference Chairs2014: Eastern SectionRodney Burch, Wade Olorenshaw, Brian Allen2015: Southwest SectionGlenn Bennett
Big Wood Director Brian Yeager Chairman Bruce Smith Vice Chairman Steve Schwarz Secretary Todd Reynolds
Clearwater Director Stephen Staab Chairman Terry Golding Sec./Treasurer Stephen Staab
Section meets the second Wednesday of each month at Rowdy’s Texas Steakhouse & Saloon in Lewiston.
David Thompson Director Tyson L.A. Glahe Chairman Glen D. Cash Vice Chairman Jeff Wiley Sec./Treasurer Tyson L.A. Glahe
Eastern Director Rodney Burch Chairman W. Olorenshaw Vice Chairman Stewart Ward Secretary Chris Adams Treasurer Dennis Jones
Eastern Section meets by video conference each month with groups at ITD offi ces in Pocatello and Rigby.
High Country Contact John Russell (208) 634-7607.
Magic Valley Director George Yerion Chairperson Keith Brooks Vice Chair Roger Kruger Secretary Trevor Reno Treasurer Tom Ruby
Northern Director Rob Stratton Chairman Gale Dahlman Vice Chairman Chris Renaldo Sec./Treasurer Gale Dahlman
Northern Section meets the last Friday of the month at the Iron Horse Café in Coeur d’ Alene.
Sawtooth Contact Tom Taylor (208) 756-8321.
Southwest Director Mitch Christian Chairman Jeremy Fielding Vice-Chair Coy Chapman Secretary Aaron Rush Treasurer Steve Frisbie
Southwest Section meets at Casa Mexico at 5 Mile and Fairview in Boise on the second Tuesday of each month.
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IDAHO SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
40 YEARS- A FIRM FOUNDATION
2014 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION Red Lion Inn, Pocatello
March 5-7, 2014
NAME____________________________________________________________________________ COMPANY_________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS__________________________________________________________________________ CITY _______________________________________________ STATE ______ZIP _______________ CONTACT PHONE EMAIL __________________________________ Guest Name ________________________________ ISPLS MEMBER NON-MEMBER STUDENT Survey Conference (Includes meals) $ 425.00 $ 625.00 $ 25.00 _______
One Day Only (Includes lunch) $ 250.00 $ 250.00 $10.00 _______ Additional Luncheon Tickets $ 25.00 x Number of lunches _______ Additional Dinner Tickets $ 35.00 x Number of dinners _______ PLEASE ADD $50.00 TO TOTAL REGISTRATION IF REGISTERING AFTER FEBRUARY 24, 2014. ________ PAYMENT TOTAL: _______ MEMBERS MAY PAY FOR THE FULL CONFERENCE AMOUNT ($425) ONLINE OR RETURN THIS FORM CREDIT CARD #_________________________________________ EXPIRATION MM/YY_____________ CV NUMBER (ON BACK OF CARD) __________ Make checks payable to ISPLS CHECK # ______________ Menu Selections: Please mark one for each meal
Wednesday Banquet Beef Provencal (Sirloin) Tuscan Stuffed Chicken Vegetarian Thursday Lunch Turkey Club Sandwich Ham and Cheese Sandwich Thursday Auction Dinner Delectable Buffett Friday Lunch Buffett
Pre-session, mid-morning and afternoon breaks will be provided
EMAIL COMPLETED FORMS TO: [email protected] OR MAIL TO IDAHO SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS
PO Box 7886, Boise, ID 83707-1886 PHONE 208-658-9970 FAX 208-658-8112
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if cancellation is received before January 31, 2014. Non-refundable after February 1, 2014.
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Gem State SurveyorWinter 2014
Idaho Society of Professional Land SurveyorsPO Box 7886
Boise, ID 83707
(208) 658-9970(208) 658-8112 fax
Thanks for your continued support of YOUR professional society!
See you at the conference in Pocatello!
Upcoming ISPLS dates to note:
• Ballot postcards will be mailed at the end of January. You may vote online or by returning your postcard to the offi ce. Voting ends February 21.
• Registration for the 2014 Conference begins now! Members may pay for the full conference amount ($425) online through our webpage using the same process as renewing your membership online.
• Do you know a teacher who would like to be sponsored by ISPLS to attend the “Teaching with Spatial Technology (TWiST)” conference in June? Applications for a full scholarship will be available soon!
• Membership for 2013/2014 ENDS on March 31. Membership renewals for 2014/15 will begin April 1, 2014.