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LOS ANGELES BASIN SECTION SPE

July 1999 NEWSLETTER

Letter from the Chairman...

Usually there is no Section Newsletter for July or August due to our summer break. However, a very special person asked me to please make an exception for a special reason. That person is Marty Mefferd. Marty is retiring as Executive Director of the Conservation Committee of California Oil and Gas Producers (CCCOGP).

I believe this is his third attempt at retiring. However, he's assured me that this is his last. He's not quite sure what still lays ahead for him during his retirement years or where he'll go, but he's having fun thinking about his options. Marty is married to a wonderful woman named Karen. I'm sure that they will spend their retirement years sharing many joyous moments together.

As a tribute to his fine contributions to the California Division of Oil and Gas (Division), CCCOGP, and the oil industry in general, this month's Newsletter is dedicated to you Marty. Thank you very much for your wisdom, friendship and professionalism. We are all the better because of your talents.

Marty started his career with the Division in 1959. After serving in several capacities, he accepted the Division's top job as State Oil and Gas Supervisor in 1976. He held that position until his retirement in 1991.

Because of his work ethic and experience, Marty found himself consulting from 1991 to 1994. It was about that time that Marty was approached to help overhaul the CCCOGP. He accepted the challenge but didn't expect to be there more than two or three years. Now it's 1999 and he's envisioning himself beginning the new millennium as a carefree retired man. Marty was actively involved in many organizations and committees.

He served as 1st Vice Chair and 2nd Vice Chair for the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also helped found the Groundwater Protection Council, which was heavily involved in underground injection issues nationally. He served on the Council's Executive Board for eight years and was Council President in 1988. He's a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has a B.A. degree in Geology from the University of Iowa and has done graduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. He also holds a professional registration as a California Geologist. Marty, you've certainly done more than your fair share. This Bud's for you.

Interested candidates, please see job announcements in the Newsletter.

Ed Santiago
1999 Chairman

Career Opportunity

The Conservation Committee of California Oil and Gas Producers (CCCOGP), a non-profit organization that administers a voluntary program of production and conservation control, is seeking an Executive Director to manage a 200 member oil and gas producers committee. Qualified applicants should have a minimum of 15 years of oil and gas experience in production and/or exploration operations, preferentially in California; possess demonstrated communication and organizational skills; and have at a minimum a bachelor's degree in geology, petroleum engineering, or engineering equivalent. Send resume and salary history to CCCOGP, 5300 Lennox Avenue, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93309. The filing period ends August 20, 1999. All replies will be held confidential.

 

JUNE BOARD MEETING
HIGHLIGHTS

The Section's June 9th Board meeting consisted of some interesting and exciting topics and discussions.

The SPE/API & Desk and Derrick Golf Tournament on June 4th at Green River Golf course was a success. There were approximately 288 players representing over 50 companies. Sponsors gave generously to support the event, including the State of California's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, which collected $500 from its employees in the Cypress office. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to players and raffle tickets holders during dinner. The event netted the Section for its programs approximately $18,000.

The Section commends the following committee members for their contribution to the tournament's success: Tim Leggett with Waste Management Industrial Services; Paul Frost and Floyd Leeson with the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources; Lee Gibbons with Baker Atlas; Tom Bjerkreim with Aera Energy LLC; Dan Hudgins and Gary Teil with Mobil Oil Corporation; Juan Santillan and Jackie Ehrman with Tidelands Oil Production Company; Rick Sailor with Chevron Land & Development Company; Keith Richards with Powertrack International; Tom Hooper with Irwin Industries, Inc.; and Larry Kinser with Oasis Rental Tools.

Ruth Ashley, Principal at Long Beach International Elementary School, gave the Board a brief presentation discussing the tremendous value that SPE's Outreach Program has had on her 4th grade classrooms. She even brought with her a completed poster and essay that the children made depicting a game show with two contestants and a show host. Both contestants were answering questions posed by the host on which products were made from oil. The game included a list of products to select from and instructions on how to play the game.

George Westrom, President of Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA), gave a short presentation on the merits of the FSEA program to our children and young adults from grades 4 to 12. The program's mission is to educate students about the creativity and excitement of science, engineering and technology. They learn this by working on specially designed hands-on projects for their age groups. Included in the projects are the inherent problems that would require some mathematics and science to solve them. The Board thought it would be in the best interest of the Section to sponsor an FSEA club at one of our local schools. Arrangements will be made to select mentors and volunteers. If you are interested, please call me at 714/816-6847.

Vivian Bust, (Vice Chair/Interim Treasurer) discussed the Section's budget and bylaw revisions. She noted that our budget is fiscally sound and made good recommendations to keep it that way. We also completed her draft of the bylaws and submitted them for review. Vivian's contributions to the Section's well being continue to be creative and well organized. Thanks again, Vivian, for your fine work.

 


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