From the President | March 2023

Greetings fellow geoscientists and HGS Members!   We continue to build membership, improve attendance/participation in events, and we are making good progress toward financial sustainability.

Multiple in-person events
A quick lookback at attendance of the in-person February events.

  • February 8 E&E Meeting 29 attended
  • February 9Neogeos Happy Hour and Geotrivia 29 attended
  • February 11 Science & Engineering Fair of Houston 7 HGS members served as Judges
  • February 13 HGS Scholarship Night Dinner Meeting. 102 registered. Over $50,000 raised for this event!


In-person invents that span a range of subjects continue to contribute to membership growth.

Our paid membership continues to grow to a total of 1687 for January, an increase of 47 over the previous month.

Please help us continue to boost our membership by encouraging your service company contacts to become members. Logical service companies include mudloggers, wireline companies, directional companies and rock labs.  Even if folks are not geologists, they can become HGS Associate Members.

Furthering our goals for the year, here’s what coming up in the near term.

March 6 - Our International Dinner Meeting promises to be an exciting and informative meeting. 
Steve Getz will give us an overview of the exploration plays of northern South America. EXXON, Hess, Nexus, Apache, Total are some of the key players in this part of the world.The marine channel and fan play will likely extend south from Suriname along the east coast of South America. If you have not attended one of the Society’s in-person events in the last couple of years, please consider joining us for this worthwhile dinner meeting. For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or HGS Weekly Announcements.

March 8 - Environmental & Engineering Group - Ethics Presentation   5:30 to 9:00
Dinner meeting at the Craft Republic. For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or HGS Weekly Announcements.

March 10 - Our Continuing Education Short Course - A Virtual Event. 8:00am to 12:00pm
“Geomechanical Aspects in Carbon Capture and Storage”
For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or HGS Weekly Announcements.

March 25 - HGS Volunteer Day at YMCA Camp Cullen
For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or HGS Weekly Announcements.

Additional 2023 events include:
HGS Shrimp Peel and Crawfish Boil. Friday April 21. 12pm to 6pm. Bear Creek Pioneer’s Park.

This is one of our annual premier events. Reserve your tickets and considering sponsoring this fun event.

April 23 to 25 - GeoGulf 2023 (formerly GCAGS). Linda Sternbach and her team have planned a fantastic technical program with 100 talks in keeping with the HGS 100th year anniversary. 
Please register and attend this multi-day event.

May 24 - Full Day Core Workshop.   Stay tuned for more details.

June 1-8  -  Grand Canyon Raft Trip.   Accepting wait list reservations.

Financial Sustainability
We continue to make progress on the goal of financial sustainability. Critical to achieving this goal is having a thorough, in-advance understanding of all the costs associated with running individual events. Over the last six months we have made great strides in this understanding.

Achievement of our financial sustainability goal requires membership support and member participation in the society-sponsored events as well as active solicitation of sponsors. Please encourage your service company contacts to become an HGS sponsor.

The Board of HGS officers and I thank you for your support of the Houston Geological Society with your membership and your participation in the scheduled events. We also thank all the committee chairs and volunteers who help us carry out our mission. We encourage you come out, join us, and get reconnected in your local geological community.

Keep up the great work!

Walter S. Light, Jr. - President