During the past few months, the SPE Gulf Coast Section has experienced leadership changes in key roles, particularly at the board level. One might be concerned with the transition of leadership, but I continue to be amazed at the aptitude and commitment of the volunteers in our section. The leadership succession process is guided by our constant look at incoming talent and by participating members of study groups, committees, and board positions. Bearing this in mind, as more volunteers move through the organization into key roles, positions become vacant, creating an opportunity for you to get involved. It is clear to me that the future success of the Gulf Coast Section really does lie in the hands of these talented individuals. I invite you to consider ways you, too, can engage.

I challenge you to review the many opportunities available within the section and contact the corresponding committee or study group chair and offer your support. Your area of interest might be technical, social, or community services oriented; the roles range from leading, selecting program speakers, instructing, helping with administration, writing creatively, to developing a new or niche position just for you. Did you know the GCS Web site provides an easy means to communicate your interest? Simply log on to www.spegcs.org and select the categories that interest you. Your details will be forwarded to the appropriate chair, who will contact you. We need immediate help with the publicity committee, magic suitcase, and community services. Please phone or e-mail me directly if you are not contacted by our leadership regarding your interest in getting involved. 

The Offshore Technology Conference, held in early May, should be a tremendous event again this year. SPE has a leading role in OTC, and we support the conference in many ways. The GCS will need interested members to take on a variety of tasks, including volunteering at the SPE booth and leading student tours. If you are interested, please contact Syd Monroe at the Houston SPE office.

April is an exciting month filled with key events for the members. Houston Mayor Bill White will open the Digital Energy Conference on April 7 and proclaim “Digital Energy Day” in Houston. This year’s conference, “From Bytes to Barrels....a Series of Case Studies,” will help you keep up with advances in our industry and learn how to use these new tools. Lastly, I hope you registered for the SPE GCS Golf Tournament on April 19; this tournament is always a huge success and sells out quickly. I’m happy to announce that I’ve sponsored a team, which you should look for on the leader board. I’m committed to finding the best “A” players to balance my team and to giving Golf Tournament Chair Randy Newcomer and the rest of the golf committee our support on the day. The success of this social and networking event always contributes significantly to our scholarship program. I encourage you to participate.

All the best,

Sid Smith, Schlumberger
SPE Gulf Coast Section Chair