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From the President – Debrah Gann

I am honored to assume the Presidency for WTGS this season. Per the WTGS Bylaws, the President shall 1) preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and of the Society, 2) call all meetings of the Executive Committee and all Special Meetings of the Society, and 3) appoint all committees and delegates not otherwise provided for in this constitution.

As members and leaders with WTGS please take a moment to think about our objective of this Society, to advance the geology of West Texas and the surrounding region by encouraging social relations and professional cooperation among geologists, allied scientists, and geological workers residing therein. It is imperative we remember why WTGS exists, especially during these adverse changes in our industry and our culture. Please take time to “drill down” into making our West Texas Geological Society stronger by volunteering, posting available jobs, connecting with members and other allied scientists that perhaps you have thought about but not yet opened your network to.

While industry budgets are being cut, jobs lost, production reduced, and oil prices up-and-down, truly we are challenged to just stay above the chaos.

So some of you may be looking to escape the oil industry but keep in mind our industry is always busy with many aspects of keeping the exploration, production and transport of oil and gas going, looking for better and less expensive ways to keep it alive.   Alexander Graham Bell said, when one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. I personally try to keep a positive view no matter how gloomy our oil and gas reports look because I know while WTGS is here along with all the folks in the Permian Basin, there is no stopping us.       There are always opportunities for professional development and WTGS has many opportunities available, not to mention the broadening of your own network. Stay tuned into WTGS events and “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well, you just might find, you get what you need” Rolling Stones.



Greatest respect,

Debrah Gann

WTGS president 2020-2021


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