From the President | May 2023

Houston Geological Society 
President’s Page  May 2023:  
Greetings fellow geoscientists and HGS Members!   We continue to build membership, improve attendance/participation in events, and we are making good progress in achieving financial sustainability.

In addition, voting for the 2023-2024 HGS Officers opened April 10 and runs through May 10.  
The Nominations Committee has thoughtfully presented us with a fine slate of candidates.
Please read the bios in this Bulletin and cast your ballot for next year’s board.

In-person events that span a range of subjects continue to contribute to membership renewals and new members. Please continue to boost our membership by encouraging your work colleagues and service company contacts to become members.  Logical service company sponsors include mudloggers, wireline companies, directional companies, log analysts, and rock labs.  
Even if folks are not geologists, they can become HGS Associate Members.

A quick lookback at attendance of the April events.
• April 10 Dinner Meeting   22 attended
• April 12 Environmental and Engineering   15 attended
• April 21 HGS Shrimp Peel and Crawfish Boil   150  (Preregistered and walkups) 
• April 22 to 25  GEOGULF 2023   405 attendees
(A significant increase compared to 2021 participation in Austin)
Thank you, Charles and Linda Sternbach, for your leadership and hard work
carrying off a successful event.

Rebuilding Community --- In-Person Events Scheduled for May and June 
May 10  - Environmental & Engineering Group – Craft Republic  5:30 to 9:00pm
                  Topic and Speaker to be Announced.
For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or HGS Weekly Announcements.
May 15 – Dinner Meeting  Norris Center 5:30 to 9:00pm    Topic:  Helium in North America  
                 Presentation Title:  “Once the Federal Helium Reserve is Depleted,
                 will North America Be Able to Sustain Helium Self-Sufficiency”   
                 Presented by:  Tm Rynott - Four Corners Helium, LLC.
For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or HGS Weekly Announcements.
May 22 – Continuing Education - Full-Day Core Workshop taught by Bob Lindsey.
                 Location:  Corelab, 6316 Windfern 8:00am to 5:00pm
For registration and details see the HGS Bulletin or the HGS Weekly Announcements

June 1-8  - Grand Canyon Raft Trip.   There may still be one spot open. Contact the HGS Office

Financial Sustainability  
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 HGS sponsors.  Also, if you are a consulting geologist or have your own generating entity, you could consider advertising in the bulletin or sponsoring an event to assist in securing work or drilling partners.

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 to join us and get reconnected to your local geological community.  Last but not least, we thank our numerous sponsors that have generously supported HGS over the past year.

Keep up the great work!

Walter S. Light, Jr.  - President