What's Happening in the Boardroom
By: Sara Davis, Secretary  

As we continue our journey through these changing times in the oil patch, the GSH board is looking for creative ways to raise the financial standing of the organization.  Income to GSH has traditionally come from membership dues, event participation and sponsorships.  With fresh ideas, we hope to identify ways to increase income and decrease expenses.  Please encourage your colleagues to become members of the GSH, and if you can, help secure sponsorship dollars at any level.

The GSH has continued to offer events that allow us to maintain a vibrant geoscience community through educational, networking and social activities.  Those involved in the ongoing production of our monthly luncheons and SIG meetings will be making recommendations to the board on how to continue to improve these programs. In assessing our options, we are currently evaluating the impact of implementing a fee structure for non-GSH members who attend our free events.  Our hope in the coming months is to inspire non-members to join and continue to enjoy the events free of charge as a benefit of their GSH membership.

We recently created the new “Unconventional SIG” which will address a broad range of topics that are pertinent to the unconventional sector of the oil and gas business. 

The Spring Symposium is fast approaching!  A great deal of effort has gone into this year’s event, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16th and 17th.  This year’s topic is “The Resurgence of Seismic Inversion” and has a line-up of exceptional speakers. 

The event will honor Dan Hampson and Brian Russell who founded HampsonRussell.  A “Toast & Roast” is part of the program in which attendees will learn more about our honorees outside of their respective business personas, and is sure to provide some lively entertainment. 
Also taking place during the Spring Symposium is our annual Student Challenge Bowl. The Challenge Bowl is a fast-paced contest where teams of geophysics students from area universities square-off in a competition of wit and geophysical wisdom to determine who will participate at the Global SEG Challenge Bowl.  Please visit our new web page in the Outreach pull-down menu for more information about this.  Also, additional information about the Spring Symposium, including contact information for sponsorship and Vendor Exhibit opportunities can be found on the GSH website at www.gshtx.org/symposium2019.

First VP, Maitri Erwin who oversees the Spring Symposium, would like to recognize Jim Schuelke and Simon Voisey, Technical Chairs for the time and effort they have both dedicated organizing the technical program and ensuring that this year’s event will be a tremendous success. 

The nominations process for next year’s board of directors is complete.  Please make your voice heard and vote this month as new board members will be introduced at the Annual Meeting and Honors & Awards dinner on Thursday, May 9th.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend this annual event during which we will recognize GSH members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of our mission, along with members who have reached significant milestones.  We will also announce additions to our Honorary and Lifetime membership roster.

Our Outreach Committee, led by Lisa Buckner, has been hard at work nurturing the geoscientists of the future.  Lisa and her team continue to support a full slate of events including career days, workshops and science fairs throughout the Houston metro area.  Volunteer opportunities abound for supporting this committee!  If interested, contact Lisa at outreach@gshtx.org.

The Geoscience Center continues to be a valuable resource for archiving important geoscience artifacts and publications.  We are launching a “Legacy-Giving” campaign to encourage the allocation of estate gifts from our members.  Please consider a gift to the Geoscience Center to continue the growth of the center – whether in the form of a donation now, or as part of your legacy. 

Currently underway is a project in partnership with the SEG to upload pertinent information to a Wiki page.  Volunteers are gathering at the Geoscience Center on Saturdays to chip away at this initiative.  If interested in supporting the Geoscience Center in any way, please contact Bill Gafford at geogaf@hal-pc.org.

The board appreciates the efforts of each and every member of our GSH community and encourages everyone to pitch in to support our organization.  If we can create momentum by each of us doing one small thing, we can make the GSH stronger than it has ever been.  Please support our society by inviting industry colleagues to join GSH, asking your employer to be a sponsor, and by participation in and promotion of the various events that will be held in the coming months.