Happy New Year! The start of the new year is usually a time to reflect on the days gone by and a time to ponder those to come. Many of us will make new year’s resolutions and vow to improve ourselves this year. But will we remember the days past? Will we truly reflect on the people we’ve met in the last year and how they’ve changed our lives? Will we think about personal decisions we made in 2005 and consider how those decisions have affected our lives and others? Professionals in the oil industry are painfully aware of the importance of history, particularly what happened the last time we experienced an oil boom. Reservoir engineers reading this are nodding their heads right now thinking about all the history matching they’ve done with reservoir simulation models. Production engineers spend countless hours performing decline curve analyses, using historical production data to better understand and predict production behavior.

History is also important to the SPE Gulf Coast Section, which has existed for 70 years. We are a thriving and successful professional society, built on a legacy founded by eager volunteers who have selflessly given their time and energy for seven decades. Thank you to all Gulf Coast Section volunteers for your tireless service. We will not forget your hard work and promise to learn from your experience as we continue to improve the largest and best SPE section in the world. I also thank your family members for supporting you and being as much of a part of our society as you. In particular, I want to say a special thank you to a family member who was like a sister and a mother to many of us here in the Gulf Coast Section.

Chris Hite, wife of SPE Gulf Coast Section Secretary Roger Hite, passed away in November. We should all take inspiration from Chris, who wore one of the brightest smiles that ever graced our presence. She lived life with a bounce in her step and a smile on her face. She touched many of our hearts with her warm hugs and an incredibly welcoming personality. She loved her family and loved to spend time on the water. Much like the lighthouses that she loved to visit, she stood as a bright light, her smile melting away frowns with ease. She had a natural aura of fun and happiness and you couldn’t help but feel comfortable and safe around her. I’ll never look at another lighthouse again without thinking of Chris.

A famous song asks, “Should old acquaintances be forgot, and days of auld lang syne (days of long ago)? For auld lang syne, my dear...we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” Chris, we raise a cup of kindness to you and thank you for all the wonderful memories. We’ll never forget you

J. Bryant Mueller, Schlumberger
2005-06 SPE GCS Chairman