I'd like to welcome everybody back to the start of what's sure to be another entertaining and collaborative year for SPE-MC. We officially got kicked off on Monday, August 17th at the Annual SPE Fall Roundup hosted by Meadowbrook Country Club. I hope everybody was able to enjoy the event this year. We had to put up with just a bit of rain, but I think everyone would agree with me that it was better than melting in 100+ °F like many years. It looks like we were able to raise over $6000 toward our scholarship fund. I would like to give a special thanks to the Golf Tournament Committee, chaired by Kyle Randolph of Hughes Christensen. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors and, of course, all of you who played in the event.

There is a lot to be excited about this year. Our program chair, Earl Logan, is busy filling out this year's schedule which is highlighted by five Distinguished Lecturers (you heard me right, FIVE)! Also, please don't forget to make arrangement now to head on down to “The Big Easy” for the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) October 4-7. And don't forget to bookmark Friday, October 23rd as that is the date for this year's Sporting Clay Tournament (entry forms to follow soon).

On another note, I'd like to remind everyone how important membership is to our section. So I will urge each of you to get online and renew your membership(s). I would also encourage all of us to try to engage the young professionals entering our business. The YPs have grown rapidly in Tulsa over the past few years, and with the aging demographics our industry faces, that trend is not likely to change anytime soon. The younger generation will all have more of an impact on our jobs and lives, and the quicker we can get them involved in the technical community the better off all parties will be.

A final note is to remind everyone that we are constantly in need of volunteer support. There are currently several vacant positions to be filled. If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact me.

Erik Block
2009 – 2010 Chairman
591-1531 Phone
eblock@samson.com