September 2015 - Dale Short

September is right around the corner and soon we can anticipate the first cool front and a relief from the summer heat. It will also be the start of our ETGS luncheons with the first one being held at The Cascades Country Club on September 16 at 11:30 AM. To read a description of the talk (Ian Norton of the Bureau of Economic Geology presenting “Formation of the Gulf of Mexico Salt Basin”) and find an RSVP link, click here to visit the ETGS website's calendar page.

This summer has been one of fairly intense activity for me. After having retired from a 13 ½ year career with EOG Resources, I have begun my “retirement” activities. The responsibilities of serving another term as President of the East Texas Geological Society have consumed a fair amount of that time, and I think we are well on the way to another good year for the Society with a growing list of luncheon speakers, the upcoming GCAGS convention in Houston, and a number of other scheduled activities for the coming year.

The GCAGS convention will be held in Houston September 20 – 22.  If you have not already registered, there is still time. You can go to to register both for the convention and for hotel accommodations.  

We had a great golf tournament last year, with the proceeds significantly augmenting our Scholarship fund. Nick Pollard did a wonderful job and is in the process of planning this year’s tournament which will be held at The Cascades Country Club on September 28. More information is available on the website, and you can download the registration form right here.

Planning has begun for the Tech Expo to be held next spring. Matt Bailey has graciously volunteered to chair the Expo again this year after a great event last spring. We are still working on the date of the event, but you can keep an eye on the website for news about the event.

Speaking of the website, I hope you enjoy the new layout and functionality of it. Johnnie Wanger headed up its revision and hopefully you will find it to be more user-friendly. An additional change that we hope to implement in the near future is the ability to use a credit card for online purchases and registrations. If you have any other suggestions about additional improvements you’d like to see, you can go to the “Contact” link on the website and fill out the online form with your suggestions.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the luncheon on Wednesday, September 16. Please don’t forget/neglect to RSVP!

Best Regards,

Dale Short

President, East Texas Geological Society