This Chairman's Gavel is going to be short and sweet in that work has been consuming a good portion of my time, plus I'm going to be out of the office for the next three days.

One of the important issues facing our Section right now is filling several vacant positions. The following positions are open and in need of someone to step up and volunteer their time to serve in some capacity: Secretary, Student Development, Internet Coordinator, Membership, and Golf Tournament positions all need volunteers. We currently have two volunteers for Secretary which may necessitate a special election. Anyway, if you have a desire to get involved in SPE, please let me know and I will be happy to present your name to the Board of Directors for consideration. As I've said before, serving in SPE is not about furthering your own agenda, but it is all about helping other engineers focus on their professional development.

Another issue that we need to focus on is nominating our peers for regional and international awards. If you know a colleague that has excelled in the petroleum engineering profession and served to further the profession, please let me know and
we will consider that individual for a regional or international award.

In closing, thank you for all the help that you all have given me over the years and I wish everyone a safe and happy fall season.

Buck Walsh
2008 – 2009 Chairman
592-7361 Phone
bwalsh@excoresources.com