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Presidents Column – April 2014



We are into April and the warm winds of spring are upon us.  Naturally, our thoughts turn outdoors as the weather warms.  The LGS Golf tournament is set for Friday April, 11 beginning at 11:30 with lunch followed by a 1 PM shotgun start at The Wetlands golf course off LA 182 (University Av.) just north of I-10 here in Lafayette.  Tim Bennett, our Tournament Chair always puts on a good event for us; so round up a team, send in that entry and if you can, sponsor a hole or two for the tournament to help LGS.


The following week is our monthly Lunch meeting on April 16th at the Petroleum Club.  Our speaker this month is J.C. Fiduk, an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer for 2014.  His talk is entitled “The Influence of Salt Structures and Salt Deformation on Petroleum Exploration in the Deep-water Northern Gulf of Mexico”.  Carl is the Chief Geologist at WesternGeco and likely gets to see a plethora of seismic data worldwide.  If the “best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks” then Fiduk should be one of the best interpreting geophysicists anywhere with all of that data exposure!


Speaking of exposure; The AAPG holds its’ annual convention in Houston, April 6-9.  That is about as close as the Annual convention comes to Lafayette (except for New Orleans).  There you can get exposure to ideas worldwide and some of them may be applicable to things you are working.  Go if you can; it’ll be worth the effort.


Prior to the AAPG Convention, the UL student Imperial Barrel Team, which won the GCAGS Regional Competition in March, will compete in the Imperial Barrel finals with teams from around the world.  We wish them luck and are impressed with their regional win over many good teams.  Maybe they will repeat their Imperial Barrel victory of 2012 where they won at the AAPG Convention in Long Beach, CA.


On Tuesday, April 29 we have a “Dino Dig” day set at Broadmoor Elementary school coordinated by Julia Battle, giving some of those children a chance to interact with fossils in a more down to earth setting than just in books.  Let Julia know if you can give her a hand of any sort that particular day


Lastly, we will have LGS elections for the 2014-2015 year between the April and May meetings. This will be by mailed ballot and will also be our annual membership dues collection.  Ballots that are returned without dues (unless you are a Senior member) won’t be counted so there is a direct link between voting and dues.  Currently we have candidates for all LGS offices except Vice President.


Photo this month is from a back road in Thailand, and yes, that is the FRONT of a vehicle!


See you at this month’s events!

1 comment to Presidents Column – April 2014

  • Harry " Bud" Holzman

    I have recently been presenting talks on the oil and natural gas potential of Iraq. I have given it to the HGS, DGS, STGS, BEG and several others. I am giving it to the ETGS in Sept. You can see the abstract and bio on the DGS web site. It is titled Oil Potential of Iraq.If you would like me to present the talk to your group, please contact me.Thanks