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.
hundreds of volunteers and sponsors. Our Tennis Tournament is now in its 25th year, the Sporting Clays is in its 9th year, and the Golf Tournament in its 36th year. With nearly 1,000 golfers, our Golf Tournament is the second-largest single-day golf event in the United States. The volunteers put on first-class events, as evidenced by the yearly sell-outs and tremendous donations to the scholarship program-more than $100,000 last year alone!
Other highlights include multiple community outreach programs, a successful executive breakfast meeting, expanded education initiatives, expanded Podcasts, Awards Banquet, spotless independent accounting review, and continued growth of financial assets.
large group of incoming oil and gas professionals. The average age of SPE members is starting to drop-from 47 last year down to 46 this year-thanks to the influx of young graduates during the past
few years. SPE does not limit membership to engineers; our society is roughly split among petroleum engineers, nonpetroleum engineers, and nonengineers. But, we all have a common thread-a passion for oil and gas.
The board of directors will continue to develop a knowledge dissemination framework to encourage new programs and use technology to reach a broader audience. To that end, we will continue with our successful video Podcasts, and expand and diversify the topics delivered. Additional goals are to expand our education initiatives, recruit new volunteers for the committees, and maintain our spotless accounting record while “re-investing” in opportunities to benefit the membership.
Our budget for 2008–09 is $2.03 million in revenue with $2.28 million in expenses; the decrease in net income of $250,000 represents increased spending on programs for the membership, community outreach programs, and more scholarships. The GCS has a comfortable, stable reserve built up over the past five years to fund continuing operations.
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perspectives and experience to benefit the Gulf Coast Section.
Total Members 79,292
Professional members 60,616Student members 18,676
Average age in 2007 46
Average age in 2006 47
New members added in 2007 7,800
Professional membership location
North America 55%
Outside North America 45%
SPE GCS Demographics
Members who have held an SPE officer position 3,035
Top 5 Technical Disciplines
Drilling and Completion 4,038Reservoir Description 3,208
Production & Operations 2,935
Management & Information 2,329
Projects, Facilities & Construction 1,041
Top 5 Business Classifications
Major Integrated Oil Company 3,543
Independent Oil & Gas 2,372
SPE MembershipYou do not have to be an engineer to belong to the Society of Petroleum Engineers. You must be
actively employed in work related to the petroleum industry AND have one of the following:
- A university degree equivalent to a 4-year Bachelors degree in engineering or basic or applied sciences
- A 2-year science or engineering degree or a 4-year degree in a field other than science or engineering
- 6 years of active practice in support of petroleum engineering or in the application of science to the petroleum industry.