From the President | December 2022

Holiday Greetings Fellow HGS Members! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving break. As we approach the end of the first semester of our year, our Three Point Plan is evolving well.

Increasing Membership
The online registration process is being tuned up by our programmer. These modifications will make it much easier to renew memberships or make an application online using our website. Thanks to Bill DeMis, Linda Sternbach and our office staff for coordinating these changes. Please continue to encourage your work colleagues and service company contacts to join our society.

Rebuilding Community / In-Person Events
Environmental & Engineering Dinner Meeting on November 8 was well-attended by 30 folks.

Our Continuing Education Course was well-attended with 23 paying participants. Bill DeMis led this all- day, in-person class on November 11 hosted by Core Lab at their facility. Lunch and course notes were included. Thank you, Continuing Education Committee, Bill DeMis, and Core Lab!

The Annual HGS-UH Robert Sherriff Dinner was held on November 18 at Norris Center.

We have several events scheduled for December and January.
On December 1 Bill DeMis and Art Berman will co-lead an online 4-hour Zoom Continuing Education Short Course addressing Oil Price, Supply, Demand and Inventories.

December 12 we have a Networking/Social Holiday Gathering late afternoon/early evening. This event will be held at the Norris Conference Center. Sign up your E&P Team up for this event in the Energy Corridor and enjoy cocktails and heavy hor’s de oeuvres. For details and registration see the Bulletin or the weekly announcements.

December 14 Environmental & Engineering will hold its dinner meeting at Craft Republic, 5:30 to 9:00pm. “Guadalupe Mountain HGS 2023 Field Trip Overview”. For details see the HGS Bulletin or weekly announcements.

Our January 9 our General Dinner Meeting promises to be an interesting event. Dr Jeff Dravis will present a talk titled “Tropical Trade Wind Models from Caicos Platform, SE Bahamas: Applications to Cretaceous Limestone reservoirs Around the Ancestral Gulf of Mexico”. For details and registration see the HGS Bulletin or the weekly announcements.

On January 23 our first North American event will be an evening seminar entitled, “The State of Private Equity in Oil & Gas”. For registration and details see the Bulletin or the weekly announcements.

Additional 2023 events include:
HGS Annual Scholarship Night February 13
Guadalupe Mountain and Delaware Basin Field trip March 23-26
GeoGulf 2023 (formerly GCAGS) April 23 to 25
Grand Canyon Raft Trip June 1-8.  Accepting wait list reservations.

Financial Sustainability
At our last evaluation point, we appear to be performing financially better than we have in several years. We continue to make progress on the goal of financial sustainability. One of the components that we are still tuning up is to have a thorough, in-advance, understanding of all the costs associated with running an individual event. This will include the allocation of administrative staff time to individual events.

Achievement of this critical goal requires membership support and active participation by the membership in the society-sponsored events.

So again, the Board and I thank you for supporting your geological society with your membership and your participation in the scheduled events.

Have a Joyful Holiday Season!

Walter S. Light, Jr. - President