April 2018 - Anita Paulssen

Spring is in full bloom here in East Texas.  It is my favorite time of year with our amazing azaleas, dogwoods, and beautifully landscaped homes.  It also feels like a kind of spring in the oil field, as though it is starting to come alive in our area after a rather long winter.   That was the sentiment I heard at our Tech and Prospect Expo last week.  Once again Matt Bailey, our Expo chairman, and Barbara Cade did a great job organizing the event.  In addition to thanking them, I would like to thank Carl Gray for a fun icebreaker, our two keynote speakers, everyone that got a booth, and the Stephen F Austin University students for sharing their projects with us.  It was so good to see so many old friends and new faces from out of town.  Please send us your pictures if you have any, we will put them up on our website for members to see.

Rusty Jackson and Al Jasper have organized something special this month that should be a lot of fun.  We will have a DINNER meeting instead of a luncheon and it is open to family and friends.  On April 18th 6:00 pm, Cascades Country Club, William Ambrose will present “Giant Impacts in the First Billion Years of the Solar System”.   Bill is a Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology in Austin.  He is currently Vice-Chair of the Astrogeology Committee of AAPG, having served as Co-Chair with geologist and former shuttle astronaut Jim Reilly. His research interests in planetary geology include energy resources in the Solar System and lunar geology.  It is sure to be a fascinating talk, as Astrogeology is a growing field.  We will have a social hour from 6-7 pm where you can purchase a drink from the bar upstairs and bring it down to the room where we normally meet.  Dinner will be served at 7pm (regular cost of $20 per person) and then the talk.

Other events to put on your calendar:

  • The Energy Summit of Northeast Texas, April 5th, 2018, 11:30-1:30 at the GABC Crosswalk Conference Center.  Find it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tylerareaenergysummit/
  • ETGS 7th Annual Skeet Shoot, Saturday, May 5th.  SIGN UP NOW on our website to sponsor or shoot.  It is a great time for the whole family. 
  • AAPG Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 20th to 23rd.

Don’t forget to RSVP now for our dinner meeting on the 18th.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Anita Paulssen

President, East Texas Geological Society