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Facts About the Chapter

Geographical Boundary: Cuyahoga and Lorain counties
Membership: 125

Chapter History


(revised 03/2007)

The Cleveland Chapter was born in the early ‘70’s, the result of the desire of some Cleveland area surveyors who had been active throughout the ‘60’s in the surveyors practice section of OSPE (then known as PSO). Will Dempsey, William Haas, Ray Henry, Jack Hoy and Mike Papcum, as well as others, felt that of the several hundred registered surveyors in Cuyahoga County alone, enough would be willing to give of their time to better their profession.

Invitations brought close to a hundred surveyors to the initial meeting at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Independence and the formation of the chapter was on its way. Many of the early issues of importance could not even be discussed today, such as increased wages and recognition for public sector employees, and setting a minimum fee schedule. Other items of interest were the same then as today, such as employee wages and fringe benefits, working to an accepted standard and the part-time or moonlighting surveyor doing substandard work for a lesser fee. Advertising was considered unethical at that time, as was “bidding” for work.

In the early years, the Cleveland Chapter had been active in the Annual Engineers Week activities and the Cleveland area Certificate presentation by the State Board of Registration. Chapter social functions have included well-attended golf outings, family picnics and Christmas parties. The Chapter has hosted the Annual PLSO Conferences in 1977, 1983, 1993, 1998, 2004 and 2008 and the ACSM/ASPRS Fall Convention in 1989, as well as numerous seminars over the years.

Three chapter members have served as State President and numerous others as other state office holders. Four chapter members have also been honored as PLSO “Member of the Year”. One of our members has held national office in NSPS and in ACSM and two others have served as a member of the State Board of Registration.

The Cleveland Chapter members have served on the committees that have produced the significant legislations affecting surveyors; Minimum survey standards, four-year degree requirement, mortgage location survey standards and continuing professional development as well as a number of other continuing committees that make PLSO what it is – a fine, almost entirely volunteer, professional service association.

Other notable undertakings by the Cleveland Chapter:

1. The law suit against a prominent local title insurance company resulting in their agreeing to stop practicing land surveying. At first, the chapter did not even have the backing of the rest of PLSO, but eventually had the moral and financial backing of individual surveyors and professional associations from across the country.

2. The establishment of a data bank in which the chapter rescued the records of a long-standing surveying company from a trip to the dump. The records of other retired or deceased surveyors have been added and this information is available to all surveyors. The data bank was housed for a time with the Cuyahoga County Engineer and more recently at the office of Richard T. Garrett, P.S., P.E., for which all of the chapter members are most grateful. The entire data bank has now found a permanent home with the Cuyahoga County Archives where the information will be available to surveyors and the general public.

3. The recent establishment of a series of six Seminar Meetings each year on a variety of surveying related topics to allow surveyors and engineers in the area to get some necessary Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits locally at a reasonable cost.

Past Chapter Presidents


1973 William J. Haas 1 4 1986 Frank Cirinski 1999 Julie League
1974 William J. Haas 1 4 1987 A. Thomas Powers 2000 Tom Snezek
1975 Richard R. Krause 1988 Jay Squire 2001 Louise Veverka
1976 Jack E. McFadden 1989 Jo Marie Wasik 2002 Neil Juhnke
1977 John E. Dailey 1 2 1990 Raymond J. Buddie 3 4 2003 Robert C. Klaiber
1978 Jack Rees 1991 Chris Dempsey 2004 Mark Yeager
1979 John R. Hoy 1 1992 George Hofmann 2005 Sean Boland
1980 Charles J. Neff 3 4 1993 Carl Craddock 2006 Joseph F. O’Donnell, Jr.
1981 Richard T. Garrett 1994 David J. Bruckner 2007 John Bischof
1982 Earl Peterson 4 1995 Richard F. Hantel 2008 Peter D. Zwick
1983 Edward A. Missig 4 1996 Neil A. Hetrick 4 2009 Timothy J. Feller
1984 William Dempsey 1997 John G. Hoy 2010 Michael Straub
1985 William Vondra 1998 Donald E. Woike 4

1 – served as State President
2 – served as NSPS President
3 – served as a member of the State Board of Registration
4 – deceased

Surveyor of the Year Award

A committee comprised of all previous recipients of the award presents the Surveyor of the Year Award. The committee is chaired by the most immediate past recipient excluding the current holder. Each nominee for the award must be a Professional Surveyor in the State of Ohio and a member of The Cleveland Chapter of Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. Nominees will be judged by the committee on the basis of the nominee’s technical and professional accomplishments, the nominee’s current activities, the extent to which the nominee has given to the advancement of the profession, and their involvement in civic and community affairs. Click here to suggest a nomination for this year's award.

Surveyor of the Year Recipients


1976 Earl Peterson 1988 Richard R. Krause 2000 Kenneth Hejduk
1977 Richard T. Garrett 1989 Raymond J. Buddie 2001 Neil A. Hetrick
1978 Edward A. Missig 1990 Steve Salay, Jr. 2002 Jo Marie Wasik
1979 Edward Gibbons 1991 Giles Nelson 2003 John G. Hoy
1980 William Dempsey 1992 William J. Vondra 2004 Thomas M. Snezek
1981 William J. Haas 1993 Richard F. Hantel 2005 Mark A. Yeager
1982 John R. Hoy 1994 Frank M. Cirinski 2006 Joseph F. O’Donnell, Jr.
1983 Charles J. Neff 1995 Richard R. Ziegman 2007 Neil M. Juhnke
1984 A. Thomas Powers 1996 Donald E. Woike 2008 Sean Boland
1985 Jack E. McFadden 1997 Carl L. Craddock 2009 Louise A. Veverka
1986 John E. Dailey 1998 George A. Hofmann 2010 John J. Bischof
1987 Michael Papcum 1999 J. Howard Flower 2011 Timothy Feller
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