Chairman's Message 2014 -3

This will be my last chairman's message for API Delta Section. It has been a wonderful experience leading this organization for the past two years. I feel we have made much progress with the organization including reinstating the teacher of the year program, making progress with the area children's museums to create petroleum related exhibits that will inspire our children, providing scholarships to deserving students, arranging informative luncheon presentations, updating the website, increasing sponsorship, re-staffing our board, putting on successful golf and clay shoot tournaments, and supporting many other worthwhile causes.

I want to thank all the members of the board for their hard work for the past two years. Certainly none of our accomplishments could have been made without their efforts. I especially want to thank Peggy Bourgeois for everything she has done for the API Delta Section for the past ten years. She has done so much for this organization. She has changed industries and we wish her great luck in all her future endeavors. I also want to thank Bob Bailey who has chaired the Sporting Clay Shoot for many years. He has earned a rest from the arduous task of putting on this event year after year.

Looking forward to 2015, I will still be working on some of API Delta Section's goals. I intend to chair a committee that is working on our Petroleum Industry Promoting Education "PIPE" initiative to support the area children's museums. We are planning events, that in addition to raising funds, will allow for cross-discipline networking within our industry and demonstrate to the community how many locals are involved in the petroleum industry. We expect our signature event to be a family event at City Park planned for May 23, 2015 (details to come).

I leave the organization in the capable hands of Barney Paternostro. I expect to continue to work with the API board to follow Barney's direction. I am certain he well do an excellent job as chair. 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.

Rick Fowler