From the President | November 2022

Greetings fellow HGS members.  We have two full months of Post-Covid disruption years under our belt. We continue to make good progress on our Annual Three Point Plan:

  • Increasing Membership
  • Rebuilding Community with In-Person Events
  • Working toward Financial Sustainability.



We have made progress on increasing membership from the Covid Lows. However, we still have the challenge before us to contact several hundred previously active members by phone. This method has proven to be very successful in bringing back members. We could use some volunteer help with this task. The working phone list can be distributed to those willing to assist by contacting Bill DeMis at BillDeMis@AOL.Com (You can also call Bill, but you will have to look up his phone number in the HGS directory as he does not want it published). Please give us a hand making a few phone calls. Your calls will be appreciated by folks you remind to renew. In the process of assisting with this calling effort you will make some new contacts and help boost our membership.

Rebuilding Community / In-Person Events
Our October dinner meeting featuring a technical presentation by Nutech had to be rescheduled for a later date.

The HGS Annual Golf Tournament October 17 was a tremendous success with well over 100 golfers participating. In excess of 10 sponsors helped make this event a success.
Be sure to attend this event October of next year.

Environmental & Engineering Dinner Meeting November 9
See the HGS Bulletin and Website for additional information and registration.

Continuing Education Training Course November 11
Bill DeMis will be teaching a continuing education class on identifying By-Passed Pays. The full-day course will be held at the Core Lab, just southeast of Beltway 8 and 290. Core Lab has graciously donated their auditorium for this event. Thank you Core Lab! See the HGS Bulletin or website for additional details.

Annual Joint HGS-UH Robert Sherriff Evening Dinner Meeting November 14
This annual event will have a topic for the evening supported by poster presentations from U of H students.
See the HGS Bulletin and Website for details and reservations.

Networking / Social Holiday Gathering Late afternoon / Early evening December 12
This will be a holiday gathering with drinks and heavy Hors d’oeuvres. Please join us for the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Mark your calendars for December 12 and bring your entire E&P staff for a couple of fun hours right after work. Watch for reservation details on the HGS website and weekly email announcements.

Dinner Meeting January  -- Theme:  “Night in the Tropics”   Date and Venue Forthcoming
Acclaimed carbonate geologist/ researcher / consultant, Dr. Jeff Dravis, will present an interesting talk titled “Tropical Trade Wind Models from Caicos Platform, SE Bahamas: Applications to Cretaceous Limestones Reservoirs Around the Ancestral Gulf of Mexico”.

Annual Scholarship Night February 13. This will be an exciting evening with an interesting program and scholarships being awarded to a number of deserving undergraduate and graduate students.
Please make plans to attend.

Guadalupe Mountain and Delaware Basin Field Trip March 23-26. This field trip led by Dr. Robert Lindsay should be an exciting event and a great learning/networking opportunity. The trip is limited to 30 people and is already filling up. I’ve already reserved two spots.  Don’t wait to sign up!

GeoGulf 2023 (formally GCAGS) April 23 to 25  Watch for announcements in the HGS Bulletin and on the Website.

Grand Canyon Raft Trip June 1-8  The trip is currently full. However, we are accepting a limited number of folks for the waiting list.

Financial Sustainability
With the success of our in-person events and the budget tuning skills of Paul Britt, in combination with the Finance Committee we are making great progress on achieving this goal.  Your continued participation in the society events will ensure we meet this objective.  Thank you.

Something New!
Beginning with our January evening meeting and continuing through the remainder of the year, I will be introducing the concept of The President’s Table. I will host a table of guests seated by invitation, spotlighting individuals that have contributed significantly to the HGS efforts over the previous months. Along with the table sponsor, we will also host the evening speaker, at least one student and one employment seeker. The dinners of those featured guests will be paid by the President’s Table Sponsor.

Along these same lines Committee Chairs as well as Previous and Current Board Members are particularly encouraged to demonstrate their leadership and support for the society by attending events.

Current Active Members, please encourage your work colleagues to join HGS and get involved in a committee.

Thank you in advance for your participation and support.


Walter S. Light, Jr.