4931 A Montecito Ave.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404



The following members attended the February meeting:

Gordon Meininger Vince D’Onofrio Aaron Smith Ted Rollheiser Bruce Jarvis

Ralph Thomas Gary Hubley Stu Righter Russ Berringer Bart Thomas

Leonard Gabrielson George Cinquini Art Gambini Scott Davis Steve Carlon

Eduardo Falcon Jerry Rice

Represented by attendees :

Adobe & Associates Brelje & Race Carlile-Macy Ray Carlson & Assoc. Cinquini Passarino Inc.

Curtis & Assoc Delta Geomatics Corp. Haselbach Instruments Lescure Engineering

Topcon California Topcon America Corp.

The meeting was called to order by President Stu Righter.

The January minutes were approved without revision.



 From CSU-Fresno Geomatics Engineering Students - A certificate of recognition of the Sonoma County Chapter for timely and generous support.

From CLSA central office – The minutes of the CLSA Board of Directors meeting held Jan. 31, 1998.

E-mail from Susan Ruschmeyer - Northern CA section of the ACSM is putting on a workshop on legal description writing March 18 and 20 in Sacramento and San Jose. Proceeds to CSU Fresno scholarships.

Contact Luke Wilson for more information.


E-mail from Jerry Miller – Summerfield-Waldorf High School in Santa Rosa is looking for a survey instructor for their Math/Science classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for 4 weeks in April-May. Paid position, not a freebie. Contact Jean Elliot 575-7194 for details.

 The 1998 CLSA/NALS conference will be held a Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, NV, March 22-26. If you need information contact the CLSA central office. (707) 578-6016.



 Monument Preservation Advisory Committee: There has already been some progress towards establishing a protocol for disbursement of funds from the Monument Preservation Fund. Dan Canet is reportedly working on a method for surveyors to apply for up to $3000 for the preservation of important monuments on private projects. Also there is some movement towards identifying large projects for which the Fund can be utilized, i.e. the Napa-Sonoma County Line.

Membership Committee: Art Gambini submitted "Benefits of Joining the Sonoma County Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association" for review and comments. This document to be used as promotional material in the Chapter’s ongoing membership drive.

 Legislative Committee: Ralph Thomas summarized some of the activities of the Jan. 31 CLSA meeting. Some items of interest are proposed legislation to change the requirements to sit for the LSIT and PLS exams – require 2 years experience to sit for the LSIT exam, require 8 years instead of 6 years broad based progressive experience to sit for the PLS exam, eliminate the 2 year experience credit for passing the LSIT.



Stu Righter reiterated that it is not the intention of the chapter to expel any member for non-payment of dues and that only "member in good standing" status is at stake since nothing is mentioned in the by-laws about this issue. There was open discussion about this matter and a motion was made and passed to study what changes might be made to the by-laws to address this matter. The number of chapter reps voting at the state level is determined by the size of our membership so this is an important matter.

Your bill for this year’s dues is enclosed. Return your payment to the address on the invoice. Please, make copies for anyone you know who might be interested in joining or have them contact Brad Hoffman or myself. Prospective members are encouraged to attend meetings to see what we’re doing.




A motion was made and passed to contribute $200 worth of Sonoma County wines as a door prize for the CLSA conference.

Contact John Scharff or Pete Jackson for information about the LSIT review Wednesday evenings at Carlile-Macy.


 Thanks and kudos to Eduardo Falcon of Topcon who gave an entertaining and informative talk about determining elevations with GPS.

 You don’t want to miss the last meeting of the first quarter of 1998 so if you’re not heading to Tahoe for the conference make sure you join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Michelle’s, 7th and Adams, Santa Rosa, following no-host cocktails in the lounge at 6:30.




Ted Rollheiser, PLS , Chapter Secretary