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October, 2018


For the 2018-19 year, I am privileged to serve as your WTGS Treasurer. As a young professional in the oil and gas industry I have discovered that WTGS has opened up many opportunities to get involved through volunteering for various committees, attending the numerous social events that are held throughout the year, as well as participating in events such as our Clay Shoot and Golf Tournament. Each of these presents fantastic networking opportunities for younger, newer members of our society to interact with more experienced members.

Merriam-Webster defines a foundation as: a usually stone or concreate structure that supports a building from underneath: something (such as an idea, a principle, or a fact) that provides support for something. The foundation of the West Texas Geological Society without a doubt is its members. Our current membership as I write this stands at approximately 835 member.  Our membership consists of a healthy mixture of young and more experienced members. The foundation and success of WTGS in the future depends on the support of geoscientists who join our profession and community. Please continue to encourage others to join our organization!

One aspect about WTGS that continues to amaze me is our volunteers. I am always impressed by how much the WTGS volunteers accomplish and the value their effort provides to the society. Without their help it wouldn’t be possible for our society to put on activities and events throughout the year. We are very grateful for their time and efforts. If you are interested in serving WTGS in a more active role, please contact one of your Board members. We will be happy to get you involved in any number of our committees. I challenge all Members to think about how they can help their society. Start out small and see where it goes!

When was the last time you attended a WTGS lunch? If it has been awhile you are missing out on an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest technical issues in our industry while also networking with your peers. Our luncheons strive to identify interesting and prominent speakers who will keep the WTGS Members up-to-date on key advancements in our industry, research and development projects, new geological concepts, and analysis techniques. I encourage you to bring a guest to our next luncheon and introduce them to our wonderful society.



John Bertalott

WTGS Treasurer 2018-2019


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