REACH FOR THE GOLD
Welcome to the beginning of our new year for the Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston. I am honored to be your president for 2013-2014. As I look toward 2014, an Olympic year, I see many similarities with the Olympic athletes and our PASH members.
From the Hills of Hellas came the athletes of Greece to Olympia to compete in the competition held in high respect for excellence and strength. The life which surges through a great organization such as PASH and the life of an athlete training for the Olympic Games bear similarities: reaching, participating, working, succeeding... always pursuing excellence. When that moment of moments arrives, neither a plaque nor a gold medal guarantees that the balance of life is all success. These two tokens only indicate that the holders have triumphed in one race and are qualified for others. The Olympic symbol is five interlocking colored rings representing the five continents. The same emblem is indicative of the inter-relative areas of PASH. We have 1) PASH MEMBERS
, 2) PASH OFFICERS
, 3) PASH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
, 4) PASH COMMITTEE CHAIRS
and 5) COPAS LEADERS
which make PASH an organization seeking and finding knowledge in all its forms which is similar to the Spirit of the Olympics.
1. PASH MEMBERS
At the end of this summer, our membership was over 560. We are hoping to increase our membership to 600 this year. We need your help to reach this goal. For the committee meetings which are held on the same day as the monthly PASH general meetings, there is no fee to attend the committee meetings. Consider inviting your co-workers or industry contacts to a committee meeting this year.
I am excited to announce that PASH has volunteered to team up with the COPAS office for a pilot program for contacting industry leaders. The goal for this program is to increase awareness of PASH and COPAS to industry leaders. The COPAS office will be assisting in Armstrong directory needs and developing a custom letter for COPAS/PASH to reach out to industry leaders who are not currently involved with our organization. Billy Moye and the PASH Hospitality Committee will be taking the lead for this project. If you would like to be a part of this new initiative, please contact Billy Moye, Jennifer Holt-McKellar, or Karla Zawodny.
Last year, the PASH Volunteer program was expanded from an annual Christmas giving event to a year long volunteer schedule of activities. For 2013 - 2014, PASH has partnered with the Star of Hope. There will be a variety of monthly volunteer opportunities listed on the PASH website. Joe Leal is our contact for scheduling these activities. Please contact Joe to volunteer to help at one of these events. This is another excellent opportunity to bring a guest. While you are volunteering for the activity, it provides time to mentor on the advantages of PASH/COPAS membership.
2. PASH OFFICERS
President:         Marjorie Saibara, KinderMorgan
Vice President: Joe Leal, ExxonMobil
Treasurer: Ken Morris, Oxy
Assistant Treasurer: Wade Hopper, Chevron USA
Secretary: Charlene Lutkenhaus, Alta Mesa
3. PASH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Three directors were elected at our annual meeting in May for three-year terms to replace outgoing directors Janice Edmiston, David Joe, and Joe Leal. Thanks to our outgoing directors for their service to PASH. Those elected to the PASH Board this year were:
Three-year term 2013-2016:
Joe Leal, ExxonMobil
Tom Longmire, BP
Ken Morris, Oxy
During the month of June, Rick Neville had to resign from the Board of Directors. The Board unanimously approved the appointment of Mark Gibennus, Grant Thornton, LLP to serve for the remainder of the 2013-2014 year. Our thanks go to Rick for his service to PASH.
After the appointment of Mark, the completion of the PASH Board of Directors is as following:
Three-year term 2012-2015:
Jill Coble, ConocoPhillips
Billy Moye, Oxy
Marjorie Saibara, KinderMorgan
Three-year term 2011-2014:
Mark Gibennus, Grant Thornton, LLP
Wade Hopper, Chevron U.S.A
Charlene Lutkenhaus, Alta Mesa
4. PASH COMMITTEE CHAIRS
5. COPAS LEADERS
PASH has provided leadership to COPAS in the past starting with Dave Hobart being elected the first president of COPAS. Throughout the years PASH has been well represented on the COPAS Board of Directors and on the COPAS standing and special committees. This year is no exception. Last year Deb Retzloff was elected to the COPAS Board of Directors from PASH. Deb is the president elect for COPAS 2014. COPAS Standing Committee Chairs from PASH include Joint Interest, Tom Batsche and Revenue, Wade Hopper. For the Materials Subcommittee chair is Tom Longmire. For Special COPAS Committees we have Lary Sides, Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Accredited Petroleum Accountant accreditation and Jim Davoli for the International Committee. For the 2013 COPAS Industry liaisons we have Karla Bower, American Association of Professional Landmen and Jan Hibbing, National Association of Division Order Analysts.
WEBSITE - WWW.PASHCOPAS.ORG
Please take the opportunity to view the PASH website. www.pashcopas.org.
• Reservations for the monthly general dinner meetings can be made on-line by using our website
• You can keep up-to-date on planned events and key contacts for the various activities.
• Membership information is available to help with your recruitment for PASH and the PASH application form may be printed from this site.
• Go to the job line section for posted job opportunities.
• Review the announcements for any current PASH activities or other news:
• Including COPAS Meeting registration information
• Click on the Links for access to other COPAS Societies and industry organizations.
Contact one of the Board Members or Chairs if you have any suggestions.
The phone hotline (713-526-6070) will continue to be available for those not having access to the net.
For COPAS Membership information, you can visit the COPAS website at www.copas.org
. Click on "Membership Area", then type in your e-mail address and password. Access to this membership area and the listings is not to be given to solicitors or any non-members. Contact the COPAS office if you have forgotten your email name or address. Please keep your password information in a safe place.
Our monthly dinner meetings will be at the Doubletree Hotel. (Greenway Plaza - located behind Lakewood Church). Last year we changed location when the Houston Club closed their doors at the end of 2012. We initially contracted with the Renaissance Hotel. In the Spring of 2013, the hotel was bought by the Doubletree. We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with the Doubletree. Audit, Joint Interest, Revenue, and Financial Reporting and Tax standing committees; the technical sessions, the general dinner / luncheon meetings and the Christmas luncheon will all be held at the Doubletree Hotel. Directions and parking instructions will be in the meeting announcements.
Mark your calendars. Most of the PASH General Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Exceptions have been noted below. Please also note our special event dates and luncheon meeting.
|September 19, 2013|| ||General Dinner Meeting|
|October 17, 2013|| ||General Dinner Meeting|
|November 21, 2013 || || General Dinner Meeting|
|December 5, 2013 -1st Thursday || ||Christmas Luncheon|
|January 16, 2014|| ||General Dinner Meeting|
|February 20, 2014 || ||General Dinner Meeting|
|March 20, 2014 || ||Luncheon Meeting|
|April 17, 2014 || ||General Dinner Meeting & Awards|
|May 12, 2014 -Monday (No rain day)|| ||Annual Picnic & Board Elections|
|May 2014 - TBD || ||Education Day|
As PASH President this year, I look forward to working with each of you in continuing over sixty years of excellence and a tradition of representing our companies and serving the petroleum industry. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me or any other member of your Board of Directors. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can reach me at 713-369-8523.
Thank you for your support and participation in our organization.