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Letter from the Chairman...

On March 31, the Section celebrated their Fifth Annual SPE Cookout and Fundraiser at Weatherford Enterra's site located in Rancho Dominguez. It was a culinary experience with deliciously prepared Santa Maria Style tri-tip, spicy chili beans, toasted garlic bread, and salad. Great food, plenty of door prizes, and good people helped to make this occasion a memorable event. I want to thank Weatherford Enterra, its manager Roy Kassinger, and his staff for all their hard work and contribution. I also want to thank all the attendees for their charity and support.

The following day, April 1, Section members and several Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (Division) employees met at Drake Park in Long Beach to host the Fifth Annual SPE Easter Egg Hunt. Approximately 160 kindergartners from the Long Beach International Elementary School were present to gather up over 1800 plastic eggs, that had been filled with wrapped chocolate candy, that were spread over a controlled area in the park. Afterwards, each child had their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. They just loved it! Ruth Ashley, school principal, said, "These kids made their own Easter baskets weeks ago and couldn't wait for this day to come". She also mentioned that many of the children come from low income families and probably will not be able to celebrate Easter in any other way. The event was featured in the Long Beach Press Telegram on Friday the 2nd, and then again on Saturday the 3rd because they had "inadvertently" left out the sponsors names (SPE, Weatherford Enterra, and the Division of Oil & Gas) when the story was originally released.

For their help in making this years Easter Egg Hunt another successful event, I want to thank Roy Kassinger, Carol Rawnsley, Vivian Bust, Scott Hara, Jackie Ehrman, Glenn Swanson, Bruce Hesson, Gerry Munoz, John Jepson, Grace Brandt (the Easter Bunny), and the Cypress Division staff for their support in helping to stuff over 1800 Easter eggs.

Reminder: The regular monthly SPE Board Meeting for May 5th is postponed until May 17th in order to accommodate a special meeting with the Western Region Director, Khalid Azziz. Please plan your agenda items and schedules accordingly.

Ed Santiago
1999 Chairman


Ed Santiago Chairman DOGGR (714) 816-6847
John Thompson Program Gas Co. (562) 578-2641
John Jepson Treasurer DOGGR (714) 816-6847
Kirby Lindsey Secretary THUMS (562) 624-3347


DATE: Tuesday, May 11, 1999

TIME: 11:30 am - Social
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - Presentation

PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue

COST: $15.00 General Admission
$5.00 Student


SPEAKER: Jim Eastlack
THUMS Long Beach Company

TOPIC: THUMS Surviving Low Oil Prices

Abstract: This presentation will outline the steps taken by THUMS to survive in an environment of extremely low oil prices. The areas of discussion will include the systematic, almost surgical approach to restructuring as well as a dramatic overhaul of the key performance metrics used to manage the organization to optimal efficiency. Attendees will learn about the critical concepts to incorporate a system of continuous improvement that drives key initiatives. The result is a plan that enables THUMS to remain profitable in very tough economic times.

Biography: Jim Eastlack has been President of THUMS Long Beach Company since 1998. He received his BS, in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. Jim joined ARCO in 1976 and spent ten years in Alaska working in operations and engineering positions. Prior to his current position at THUMS Long Beach, he served as VP of Engineering and Technology for ARCO International. Jim is the inventor of two patents and a recipient of ARCO's Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Seal Beach.



Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, May 17th, 12pm

Petroleum Technology Forum
Tuesday, May 11th, 11:30am

Continuing Education Short Courses
May 14th & 28th, June 18th
Call Sam Sarem: 714/692-1198

In Memory of YUN-MEI CHANG

Mei Chang passed away on March 21,1999 as a result of a tragic car accident while she was en route home after choir rehearsal. As an active member of SPE, Mei served on the SPE LA Basin Board as Treasurer, Student Liaison Delegate and Director. In 1977, Mei joined Chevron where she was a Sr. Research Scientist in the Horizontal Well Work Group of the Reservoir Engineering department at Chevron Petroleum Technology Company, La Habra, CA.

As many of you may know, music and singing were the great joys of Mei's life. She was a member and faithful supporter of the William Hall Master Chorale for over 15 years where she was a soprano and participated in concerts in California and on summer tours visiting countries in Europe and China. She was also a member of the Camerata Singers of Long Beach, the Los Angeles Bach Festival Chorale and associated with the Cambridge Singers of Pasadena, she cantored at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church in Anaheim and she was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Placentia.

To honor Mei and the love and commitment she had for music and singing, her family has setup a memorial to her which supports Young Musicians (YM in for Yun-Mei): Young Musicians Fund (non-profit, tax ID: 77-0457579), c/o Crystal Choir, P.O. Box 66, Cupertino, CA 95015-0066. In memory of the life and contributions of Mei Chang to SPE, the SPE LA Basin Section has setup a perpetual scholarship in her name.

Vivian K. Bust


from Fred Crosby


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Golf Tournament - JUNE 4, 1999

Thank you for your quick response in getting your reservations in for this event. It is now full and we are looking forward to a great tournament. However, we are still short on company sponsorships. We realize, because of the state of our industry, many companies have cut back on their donations.

Our mission this year, as in the previous years, is to help make a difference in the lives of our young people. We achieve this by awarding scholarships, expanding our school programs, contributing to "ALIVE" (Alternatives of Living in a Violent Environment) and to the COMET Program. SPE, API, and Desk & Derrick members wish to encourage you to help us in "Framing their Future". This golf tournament is a great way to help build the future of our young people as well as create a quality experience for our contributors.

By your donations, we will ensure these programs are innovative, effective and most of all possible.

Hole Sponsor $100.00 ________
Long Drive $200.00 ________
Closest to Pin $200.00 ________
Accurate Drive $200.00 ________
Corp. Donation $_______
Total . . .$_______


Send checks payable to "Society of Petroleum Engineers"
Mail to: Tim Liggett c/o Waste Management Industrial
1250 E. 23rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90806


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