May 2017 - Anita Paulssen

It has been my honor and a privilege to serve as President of this society.  Particularly since ETGS has such a talented and dedicated group of volunteers, from the committee chairs that organize our events, to our scholarship and education committees who help to educate and bring more young people into our profession.  Also Barbara Cade, our administrative assistant, and Rachel McNerney (Hill), our webmaster, do a great job of keeping us organized, communicating and on track.  I thought this would be my last newsletter; however, since no one else has stepped forward and it has been so much fun, I look forward to serving another year.

I hope those of you that made it to AAPG ACE in Houston last month enjoyed it as much as I did.  There were lots of good talks and poster sessions, just not enough time to see them all. I even won a beautiful Brunton AXIS transit from Forestry Suppliers.  It is a great tool for field work and I am happy to lend it out, if anyone wants use it.   Thank you Kathy Moore, manager of Petroleum Data Library in Tyler, for staffing our booth at ACE.  She did a wonderful job representing us and signed up some new members.

Another fun experience last month was the Wine and Geology dinner put on by the Shreveport Geological Society.  If you like wine and of course, geology, I highly recommend it, along with a hotel for the night in downtown Shreveport.  This was the ninth year Kevin Hill has presented and organized it, I do hope he continues or trains a replacement!

Dick Gammon, a long time Oil Scout in Tyler, was well respected by those who knew him.  ETGS has elected to create a memorial to his contributions to the industry, including the donation of his library of data to the Petroleum Data Library.  That memorial will consist of a donation to his daughter and a plaque commemorating his contribution to the Petroleum Data Library.  We have set a goal of raising $10,000 to commemorate his contributions to the industry and to Petroleum Data Library.  ETGS has committed to match (up to $5,000) or supplement these donations (if donations exceed $5,000) to help achieve that goal.  If you would like to participate in this memorial, you can make your donation to ETGS and send it to ETGS, c/o Barbara Cade at 102 N. College Ave., Tyler, Texas, 75702.  Thank you Dale Short for organizing this effort.

This month our own Rich Adams is doing double duty, organizing the Skeet Shoot this Saturday and being our luncheon speaker.  Rich is a geologist with Carr Resources, a past president of ETGS and currently serves on our ETGS board of directors.  His talk “The Origin and History of the Earth” is based on the book “The Story of the Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years”; however, he has incorporated his own research and related it to relevant geology.  Check out his bio and abstract on our website.  Don’t miss this fascinating talk at the Cascades Country Club, May 17th, 11:30.  Please remember to RSVP by May 11th.  This will be our last talk for the season.  We will resume luncheon talks in September.  We are considering a basic well logging school this summer, probably July, taught by Paul Hene; look for future emails if you are interested.

Have a great summer!

Best regards,

Anita Paulssen

President, East Texas Geological Society