Chairman's Message 2014 - 2

It brought me great pleasure to donate $10,000 to the Louisiana Childrens Museum  (LCM) and $10,000 to the Childrens Museum of St. Tammany (CMST) so that these museums could create exhibits that are supportive to our industry that will inspire children for years to come.  The API Delta Section hosted a breakfast on June 4 with officers from various petroleum industry societies to garner support for this worthy cause.  We are working with these other societies to create an industry wide fundraising event in New Orleans to raise additional support.

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API Delta Section Chair Rick Fowler presents $10,000 donation to Lisa Barnett, President of CMST with Kristi Jarrett archeologist and museum specialist for CMST. 

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API Delta Section Chair Rick Fowler presents $10,000 donation to Julia Bland, CEO of LCM

It also brought me great pleasure to recognize local teachers at API Delta Section's teacher of the year luncheon on June 9. The criteria used by the Selection Committee included commitment to teaching, resourcefulness, professional involvement and community service. The API Delta Section handed out $8000 in checks and it was truly wonderful to watch the teacher's faces light up as they were recognized for the hard work they do.

I recently posted our budget on our website. Over half of our expenses go towards education.

2014 Budget Pie Chart

Our expenses in 2014 will exceed our revenues by about $40,000. While we are currently financially sound with approximately $150,000 in liquid assets, in order for us to sustain our programs at their current levels, we will need additional sponsors. Please ask your company to consider sponsoring the API Delta Section. We have made it easy to sponsor since our website now accepts paypal or credit card payments and sponsorships are available for as low as $115 per year. We have also made it easier to pay your dues on line by adding that ability to our website. If you haven't paid your dues already, please do so. We would appreciate it if you would consider a one time donation to support our programs (an option available when you pay your dues).

If you would like to get more involved in API there are many opportunities and we welcome the help. If you want to get involved, you can put in as much or as little time as you desire, but I am sure that once you start, you will want to do more with this fine organization.

It is shaping up to be a great year for API Delta Section!

Rick Fowler