From the President - Paul Britt

Houston Celebrates the HGS.    

Last month, the Society’s 100th year Gala was held at the Petroleum Club of Houston. The Gala focused on the 25 years since the 75th year Gala that was held in 1998, also at the Petroleum Club. After dinner, presentations were made by me, Charles Sternbach, and Jeff Lund. Then, we held an “open mic” session where attendees were given the opportunity to share their experiences with the HGS. Speakers ranged from well-seasoned professionals to newer members, including two HGS scholarship recipients. The event was a truly momentous occasion that was made even more special by chocolate oil derrick desserts. A recap and photos from the Gala is included in this Bulletin.

To commemorate the 100th year anniversary, October 7th was proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner as the Houston Geological Society Day. The proclamation states, “The objectives of the Houston Geological Society are: to stimulate interest and promote advancement in geology for the Houston area; to disseminate and facilitate discussion of geological information, relationships among geologists in the area; and to aid and encourage academic training in the science of geology.” Turner recognizes the HGS’ contributions through events, activities and publications, and writes that “the Society has rendered a service to its members, the geological profession, and … to the entire community.” Thanks to HGS member Mark Hamzat for his initiative in getting this proclamation from the Mayor’s office.

Renew your membership!
Many members have not yet renewed their membership that was due on June 30. You may not have realized that your membership has lapsed, but there is still time to renew! Historically, members were removed from Society roles after September, but this year we are extending the renewal offer through November. Please check your membership account online, or you can email the office at to check your membership status.

October Events
October saw very successful in-person events including the the annual Golf Tournament, General Dinner, the Environmental & Engineering Dinner, and a NeoGeos Happy Hour. Additionally, we held for the first time a lunch and learn about Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS). Thanks to the committees and members who organized these in-person events. We increased our virtual offerings with a General Luncheon and a Continuing Education class that were also well-attended.

Upcoming Events
The E&E Group is hosting an ethics talk Wedesday November 8 that will be especially of interest to those of us who require professional development hours to maintain a P.G. license.
The 25th Annual Sheriff Lecture will be held on Monday, November 13.
A one-day field trip on Saturday, November 18 that covers geology of the Brazos Delta to Galveston promises to be a fantastic opportunity to see modern depositional processes in action.
The Sporting Clays Tournament is returning this year and will be held on Saturday December 9.

Paul Britt