December 2017 - Anita Paulssen

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the holidays.  The Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) convention last month was fun and worthwhile.  There were many interesting talks, meetings and lively social events. The individual geological society presidents and GCAGS board meet twice a year to help plan future GCAGS conventions, and report our society activities.  Next year, GCAGS will be held in Shreveport. The ETGS board has pledged to help with the convention, since we are so close geographically and several of our members and theirs participate in both societies.  The Shreveport Geological Society has some good things planned already; I know it will be worth attending. We always appreciate input from our members; please contact us if you have any ideas to improve the conventions or if you would like to help.

The carbonate seminar we offered last month, taught by Dr. Jeff Dravis, was a great success.  It was well attended and we had a record turnout for the luncheon, 83.  I would like to thank Rusty Jackson for setting up the seminar and luncheon and Dr. Dravis for his quality instruction and interesting presentations.

Our luncheon speaker this month will be our own Ray Thompson.  Ray has spoken at our luncheon in the past and shared some timely and valuable information.  Ray heads up a six-person team at the Tyler office of Merrill Lynch.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he worked in the oil industry. His talk will be “The Fundamentals for Higher Natural Gas Prices”.  It sounds like the good news we need this time of year.  Check out our website for Ray’s bio and abstract.  Please RSVP by THIS Thursday, and NOTE that the luncheon has been moved up a week due to the holidays to December 13th, Cascades Country Club 11:30 am.

Best regards,

Anita Paulssen

President, East Texas Geological Society