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Gulf Coast Section Highlights 2007 - 2008

Last year, the GCS’ 14 study groups again held a great lineup of topical luncheons, dinners, and technical workshops. More than 6,000 people attended the 84 events during the program year—the work of the study groups is critical to our mission to disseminate technology. The Study Groups and committees also held seven large conferences and symposia, some with exhibitions, drawing more than 1,500 attendees. Our Continuing Education Courses were as popular as ever, with 540 people attending eight short courses and seminars. The Young Professionals group held 25 social and technical events with 575 participants.   But, it was not all work and no play. We held three large social events—the tennis tournament, golf tournament, and sporting clays tournament. These three events attracted 1,800 participants, plus hundreds of volunteers and sponsors. Our Tennis Tournament is now in its 25th year, …


Chairman's Corner January 2008

Calling All Scouts "Happy New Year!" to everyone—I hope that each of you was able to take extended time off to be with family and friends and recharge for 2008. Last year was certainly an interesting time for our profession, with oil prices approaching $100 per barrel. Opinions on where prices will go are numerous; most people tend to agree we have entered a new regime in which the lowest forecasts are higher than any of us would have guessed 10 years ago. I am proud to be part of a profession and industry that, despite the historic commodity prices, continues to take a cautious, technically-based, and generally conservative approach to investment and personnel decisions. Your membership and active participation in SPE is testimony to your commitment to helping our industry maintain the highest standards of technical expertise and professionalism. …