How does Servitude Leadership relate to teamwork? It does not take much effort to identify great teams around us, whether in sports or in business. What is interesting is noting how quickly these teams can change from great to mediocre and vice versa. I believe that a part of this change is due to the willingness of members to humble themselves for the good of the whole. A favorite quote of mine that personifies this message is by Edward Everett Hale who said, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Your Gulf Coast Section is a great example of teamwork. Hundreds of volunteers work tirelessly, most often on their own time, to provide world-class technical knowledge to our membership while reaching out into the community to help support and encourage our youth to seek higher education and, perhaps, a career within our industry.

For the long-term goals of our section, we want to achieve operational excellence and financial excellence and to strengthen our relationship with the International organization of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. We will strive to attain operational excellence within our technical programming, education and community outreach, and social events. We plan to achieve financial excellence through the creation and implementation of governance policies and procedures that require us to be fiscally responsible stewards of our assets. Because we believe that a strong relationship with SPE International is important because of the size and strength of our section as it relates to others, we plan to seek out collaborative projects and provide knowledge transfer of successful programs, events, and projects to SPEI and other sections.

There are numerous specific short-term goals for the 2010-2011 year available for review on our website at Goals for technical programming focus on study groups, workshops, and technology transfer. The goals of the study groups involve maintaining the 95 study group meetings held each year and increasing attendance by 10 percent, from 65 to 72 attendees per event, with a breakeven financial target. The goal of the growth area for the section is to add three additional workshops, symposiums, and/or seminars to the 11 completed last year with a 20 percent net income target. Finally, technology transfer will continue to grow with the use of podcasts and the use of technologies, such as webinars. I encourage each of you to check these out and think about where you can plug in this year. After all, ” you are only one.”