It's All About Family ...
By Denise Dorsey, 2nd Vice President-Elect


Growing up in the Oil & Gas Industry has given me a unique perspective into this family we call Geophysicists.  From as early as I can remember, I was attending local Geophysical Society events which my father was an active member.  From Crawfish boils in New Orleans to Family Day at Oklahoma City’s Frontier City, we followed my father around as he introduced us to the Geophysical family.    Leading by example, my father taught me that by being a part of the local Geophysical Society, as well as the national society, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, one becomes an integral member of an extraordinary group of people. Every city where I have worked, I have found that by being a member of the local Geophysical Society has helped me to understand the pulse of this big industry.  The Geophysical Society of Houston is no exception.

When I first moved to Houston 9 years ago, I immediately sought out the local society, joined, began attending functions, and then volunteered my time.  I found out that the GSH has 100 plus technical and social events each year!  There are plenty of places to learn, share ideas, and socialize with fellow geophysicists.

Six social events are scheduled every year. The fiscal year starts with an Icebreaker event in September, followed by the Fishing Tournament in October, Tennis Tournament in November, Sporting Clays in March, Golf Tournament in April or May, and ending the year with the Honors and Awards Banquet in May.  By attending, sponsoring, and supporting these events, you are benefitted by meeting other people in our industry, supporting the local society, and having a great time.  It is a win-win all the way around!

This year’s Honors and Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at the Hotel Sorella La Scala Ballroom.  Everyone is invited to join us as we honor our colleagues who have milestone GSH and SEG anniversaries, as well as GSH Honorary and Life members.  Buy your tickets online on the GSH web site. I can assure you that this event will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever attend! 

On September 27th we will start the new fiscal year with the annual Icebreaker at Saint Arnold’s Brewery located at 2000 Lyons Avenue in Houston.  Be sure and put this on your calendar now.  It’s a great time to connect with old friends and make new ones while you enjoy tasting the different beers brewed locally here in Houston.

The GSH-HGS Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be on Friday, October 5th.  You don’t want to miss this fun competition.  Trophies are given out for the heaviest fish in different categories. 

A fantastic place to volunteer and educate the public in the geosciences is with the GSH Community Outreach Committee.  Lisa Buckner heads this team of volunteers who spend their evenings and weekends traveling all over the greater Houston area visiting schools, museums, and festivals getting the next generation excited about the family of geoscientists.

Each month the GSH hosts Technical breakfasts, Technical lunches, Webinars, and Special Interest Groups in different places around the Houston area.  These provide a perfect opportunity to increase your knowledge, as well as strengthen networking with other geoscientists.

Don’t miss out on the many opportunities the GSH has to offer!  I promise you won’t regret becoming a part of the Geophysical Family.  In the end, it’s all about family!