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Letter from the Chair. . .Vivian K. Bust
This year our Section's planned objectives were met and surpassed. We improved and expanded our community outreach programs. We passed the financial torch to local stakeholders for funding the Essay and Art Poster contest conducted at the elementary schools located near oilfield operations. In this way, we free-up seed monies earned through the golf tournament to support new activities. The designated stakeholders supporting the elementary school outreach program are Tidelands Oil Production Company, THUMS Long Beach Company, Signal Hill Petroleum, The Termo Company, Stocker Resources, Aera Energy, Venoco and Brea Canon Oil. The newly gained sponsor commitments have enabled the program to be increased by 150% for year 2001.The 2001 program will include ten schools from six school districts, LBUSD, LAUSD, Placentia-Yorba Linda, Brea, Whitter and HBSD. Also, we have invited the outreach program principals and teachers as our guests to the Earth Science Education for Teachers workshop and field trip offered at the 2000 WRM. Please visit the Elementary School Outreach Program webpage at

This year we began the Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) national after-school program that promotes technology, science and engineering in grades 4-12. We are developing a petroleum engineering project kit which can be added to the national set of FSEA projects. Special Awards were given to high school students participating in the Orange County and Los Angeles County Science Fairs. The Mei Chang Memorial scholarship was awarded to two graduating high school seniors. Scholarship winners who meet the COMET program requirements will be considered for this summer internship program. We awarded $8,500 in scholarships to Engineering students at USC and CSULB and $2000 to students at USC to attend the 1999 ATCE.

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Board of Directors - Afternoon

Long Beach Petroleum Club
Wednesday, June 6th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

SPE/AAPG Western Regional Meeting
Westin Long Beach Hotel
June 19th thru June 22nd

SPE Annual Golf Tournement
Green River Golf Course
June 23rd

Letter from the Chair (continued)

An important Section objective was to obtain feedback from top-level executives of local operating companies concerning the benefits of Section activities and programs. We did this by arranging one-to-one meetings and inviting them to participate on the management panel held at the December Membership Roundup luncheon. We thank you all for your time and feedback.

We wish to give a hearty thank you to all the volunteer committee members of the SPE Charity Golf Classic tournament. We especially wish to thank Chairman Timothy Liggett for over a decade of leading this tournament for API and SPE. We thank his core members: Co-Chairman Paul Frost, Floyd Leeson, Jackie Ehrman and Juan Santillan. The tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, 2000.

We hope our members enjoy their summer passions, be it golf, beach or sailing. We welcome and encourage your comments or suggestions to:


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The SPE/AAPG milestone convention is slated for the week of June 19th. Double-check your calendars - Plan to attend the first-ever joint SPE/AAPG convention on June 19-22, 2000 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. You will not want to miss out on the convention of the century! There are outstanding technical sessions, exhibits (sold out!), luncheon speakers, field trips and abundant networking opportunities.

Thursday, June 22nd the SPE Luncheon keynote speaker will be Stephen I. Chazen, Executive Vice President -- Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. He is responsible for Oxy's acquisition, divestiture and financial activities. The title of his talk will be "Occidental and Oil: A Westward Migration."

Wednesday, June 21st will feature the Independent's Day program prepared by the PTTC West Coast Resource Center. Convention registration has begun with positive projections of participation at all conference functions - Sign-up Now - Get Involved - Save a Pet - Remember it is ok to use this convention to improve your social life. More information at websites and or call Glenn Swanson at (800) 507-0820.


The Mei Chang Memorial scholarship was awarded to two graduating high school seniors planning to attend college this fall and interested in majoring in an energy-related discipline. The scholarship winners are Mitzi Petagara (pictured above) of Santa Fe High School in Fullerton and Joseph Ahlgrim of Lakewood High School in Lakewood. Scholarship application information may be downloaded from our website at For more information, please contact the Scholarship Chairperson, John Jepson at (714) 816-6847.

On April 20th the 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held at Drake Park for 140 kindergartners attending International Elementary School in Long Beach. The egg-cited children gathered 1600 brightly colored eggs containing chocolate candies. The on-site reporter from the Press-Telegram prepared a story about this SPE-organized event for the Friday April 21st edition. The event was sponsored from proceeds of the 6th Annual BBQ held on April 19th at Weatherford Enterra facility in Rancho Dominguez. We would like to thank all our friends at Weatherford for hosting the BBQ, especially Roy Kassinger, Mike and Gary and Chef George for making his gourmet Santa Maria style tri-tip and delicious spiced beans.

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Nominations and Elections Announcement
The Awards & Nominations Committee, at the direction of the Board of Directors, has nominated Dr. Bruce Davis as the 2000-2001 Los Angeles Basin Section Chairperson. He replaces Vivian Bust whose term will end September 30, 2000. Bruce Davis is Senior Engineering Consultant and founder of Davis, Marks & Associates in Santa Fe Springs, CA. He is an Adjunct Professor at USC. Bruce retired from Chevron after 26 years of service to the company. Bruce held the position of Staff Research Scientist at Chevron Petroleum Technology Company. Bruce is currently Vice Chairperson and the Section's Continuing Education Chair.
He has been a member of SPE since 1973 and joined the LA Basin Section in the same year. He has served on paper review committees at the national level.

The outgoing 2000 Directors whose 3-year terms will end in September are Larry Gilpin and Jalal Torabzadeh. To date, one of two incoming Directors has been nominated to fill the positions vacated by the outgoing directors. The Board of Directors has nominated Dr. Mike Bruno to the position of Director for the 3-year term 2001-2003 which commences on Oct. 1, 2000. A second incoming Director nominee is under discussion and will be announced on our webpage.

Dr. Mike Bruno is President of Terralog Technologies, USA, Inc. in Arcadia, CA, a company specializing in petroleum geomechanics and oilfield waste management. He joined Terralog in 1994, after serving 13 years with Chevron Petroleum Technology Company as a Senior Research Engineer. Mike has been active in the LA Basin Section for 15 years. He was the 1994 Section Chairperson and has held most all other committee positions. He has served as technical editor of SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal for four years, and has been a member of the SPE Western Region Meeting Program Committee for several meetings.

The Board has nominated the above candidates to fill the position of Section Chairperson and Director. Per our Section Bylaws, and as a Section member, you have the right and the responsibility to nominate yourself or others. Such nominations must be endorsed by 10 Section members in good standing (e.g., paid their dues) and submitted by September 2nd to the Kevin O'Malley, the Section Secretary. Send completed nominations by US mail to Kevin O'Malley at 1317 Lucille, No. 10, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Contact the Awards and Nominations Chairperson, Sam Sarem, with any questions regarding nominations.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course covers most topics that are found in the State Board Petroleum Engineering Professional Examination. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Engineers who are planning on taking the PE Examination in Petroleum Engineering on Friday, October 27, 2000 in California. INSTRUCTOR: G. Bing Wines, PE of Winrock Engineering, Inc.
LOS ANGELES: (8:00am - 5:00pm)
Thu, Fri, Sat (Aug. 17, 18 & 19, 2000)
BAKERSFIELD: (8:00am - 5:00pm)
Monday - Friday (Aug. 21-25, 2000)
Thu, Fri, Sat (Aug 24, 25 & 26, 2000)
3-day class: $600 first time $300 repeat enrollment
5-day class: $850 first time $450 repeat enrollment
10% discount for early paid enrollment by July 1, 2000
CALIFORNIA: Final postmark date for filing is July 21, 2000. See webpage at: or for more information, contact Bing Wines at (405) 722- 6761 or Winrock Engineering, Inc. P.O. Box 32148, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Lyman Handy standing at Michelle Delanty's science project entitled "Effectiveness of Different Materials in Cleanup of Oil Spills."

Special Awards were given by our Section for Junior and Senior Division high school students competing at the 45th Annual Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) and at the 50th Annual Los Angeles County Science Fair (LACSF). The winners were Michelle Delanty and Josiah Cope at OCESF, and Blair Cavagrotti and Joseph Koh at LACSF. Judging the student entries and presenting awards were board members Lyman Handy, Harry Staubs and Sam Sarem. Thank you notes were received from the students.


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