4931 A Montecito Ave.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404


The following members attended the April meeting:

Stu Righter, President Ted Rollheiser, Secretary Brad Hoffman, Treasurer

Brian White Aaron Smith Paul Brown Dick Coughlan Bruce Jarvis

Ralph Thomas Jeff Roach John Scharff Mike Hogan George Cinquini

Gordon Meininger


Treasurer Brad Hoffman presented the quarterly treasurer's report. Income during the first quarter was $2008.18 mostly from member's dues. Expenses were $1307.66. The biggest expenses were scholarship payments, contributions for the CSUF conference, and the CLSA convention. Balance as of March 31 was $11036.63.


We received a video "The Case Against Proposition 224". It is available for viewing if anyone needs to reinforce their position.

A request from the CLSA News editor Ted Kerber that chapter secretaries submit reports of chapter activities on a quarterly basis by designated deadlines, the next being June 20. My first quarter report was submitted by April 20 with time to spare. I pat me on the back. If there is any specific thing that you want to make sure gets mentioned in the upcoming report, let me know.

The Agenda for the April 25 CLSA State Board meeting. Of local interest, Dick Hogan will be taking up the issue of a model Lot Line Adjustment Law, the goal being to standardize this process statewide.


Monument Preservation Advisory Committee: Paul Brown reported on the progress of the County Surveyor's office toward implementing the Request for M.P. Funds procedure. A draft request form is forthcoming. Very soon private surveyors will be able to request up to $3000 from the fund for preservation of specific endangered monuments. As far as we know Sonoma County will be the first in the state to provide for such a process, much to the credit of the County Surveyor for being receptive to the Chapter's input. The ongoing debate regarding the controversial Napa-Sonoma County Line Survey continued. There seems to be little support for that proposal, but some interest by members in getting the contract should such a project materialize.

Scholarship Committee: May 6 has been set as the date for the interview of prospective recipients.



Bruce Jarvis requested clarification of the assignment he had volunteered for, to write a by-law amendment regarding the "dues deadline, member in good standing" issue. We are required to report the number of corporate members in good standing by July to the state board and it was agreed that there should be an attempt to get clarification of this matter from them.

It was suggested that the cost of printing the historical aerial photos of Sonoma County, currently the responsibility of our Chapter, might be an appropriate use of the Monument Preservation Fund. The M.P. Advisory Committee will look into this.

Stu mentioned that the Membership and Nominating Committees will cooperate in naming candidates for the 1999 Board of Directors. Never fear, we're not trying to weasel out early. A list of the elected officers must be submitted by mid-July to the state board so our election needs to be held at the June meeting.

July 15 is the proposed date for the annual baseline meeting. Mark the date on your calendar now !

For the time being the minutes and other pertinent chapter information will be posted on my web site under the first link "C.L.S.A. - Sonoma County Chapter".


Dorothy Calegari, CLSA Executive Director, was confirmed as the speaker for our next meeting. If you have any questions about the organization's inner workings don't miss this rare opportunity to talk with the person who makes it all happen.

If you would like to receive an E-mail notification of the posting of the minutes on my Web site instead of receiving the minutes by snail-mail, send E-mail to with the subject line "clsa minutes" and I will add you to an E-mailing list. If I send just 30 less envelopes each month the chapter would save $115 per year in stamps alone. The trick is you have to actually check your E-mail once in while.

Stu is looking into getting the baseline certified by NGS and getting Don D'Onofrio to speak at one of the meetings.

Ralph Russe is looking for an old used transit to buy. If you have an old K&E Paragon or something like that sitting in the garage, give him a call.

Santa Rosa Junior College will be advertising for adjunct faculty members to teach various survey and civil tech. classes. Contact Jerry Miller for more information.


We viewed the videos "The Case Against Proposition 224" and "Professional Land Surveying - A Career Without Boundaries" and after that emotional roller-coaster the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM at Michelle's. Dorothy Calegari, CLSA Executive Director will be the guest speaker. Don't miss it. As usual, the prelude will be in the bar beginning at 6:30.

Ted Rollheiser, Chapter Secretary