Letter from the President- June 2011

Past, Present, and Future

Well, it’s the middle of April (tax time) and I am writing my farewell President’s Letter to be published in this month’s Bulletin. Time has gone by very fast this year. We still have Guest Night, Shrimp Peel, Skeet Shoot and President’s Night left in my Presidential year. HGS has had a great year. Our three major events, Techno-Fest, African Conference and Mudstone Conference were all tremendous successes. All of our technical talks and social events were very well attended. The HGS Legends Night honoring John Amoruso, Dick Bishop, Dan Smith and Dave Rensink was a sellout. We were active in our K-12 education outreach programs. The AAPG Convention ended mid-April with over 8,200 registrants. Thanks go to Steve Levine and his volunteers for all of their work in making the AAPG Convention a huge success. The success we have had this year would not have been possible without all of the volunteers that worked on the multitude of our projects. Thank you volunteers! If you have not volunteered for any of our projects, you should consider doing so. It is very rewarding, not to mention FUN, and it’s giving something back to the society and our community. This is the past. What about the future? Your HGS Board has been working these past two months with Spencer Yantis, a retired University of Houston marketing professor, considering where the HGS is presently and where we want to be in the future. We haverewritten the HGS Mission Statement and added a Vision Statement and Slogan.  We are now working on specific projects to achieve these goals. Foremost among the projects is upgrading the website by making it more “user friendly” and more suited to our needs. We are planning on putting a lot of emphasis on webinars to be put on the website. We think that webinars are the wave of the future for extending technical training to all our membership. We want to expand the K-12 outreach program. Our ultimate goal is to have a three year plan. These projects will be completed well after my term of office. I have extremely enjoyed this past year. It has been a lot of work, but it was well worth it. Would I do it again? In a second! Thanks for the memories. 
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

John Tubb, Jr.
Monday, June 6, 2011
From the President