The day's activities commenced at 11:00 AM with an hour of socializing before seating for the luncheon. Prior to meal service, Past Chapter President David Glenn offered the invocation. Entrée choices included Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast With Dijon Cream Sauce, or Sliced Beef Tenderloin With Honey Chipotle Glaze, both served with an artful combination of garlic mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. A slice of cheesecake topped with strawberry sauce was provided for dessert.
Following the meal, Chapter President Paul Skakun conducted a brief business meeting opening with remarks about Hill Country Chapter's membership which currently stands at 276, the highest in eight years. Our Chapter is one of the few nationally which has gained members. Over the years, we have achieved stability & growth compared to many of the other Chapters. Thus far in 2018, we added fifty new members. Nine of these were present at the luncheon.
Paul recognized four guests. They were Jeff and Sydney Shellebarger, Jerry and Sue Lohr, Steve Perry, and Julie Williams. Jeff is Chevron's President of North America Exploration & Production, Jerry is CRA's South Texas Area Vice President, Steve is Chevron's State Government Affairs Manager for Texas, New Mexico, & Oklahoma. Julie is Chevron's Government Affairs Representative.
After the introductions, Paul individually recognized the Chapter's Board members who played a role in coordinating and providing support for luncheon arrangements. One of the ways we address membership recruitment is to send recent retirees in our area a package of information providing incentives for joining. Paul mentioned that another important recruiting tool is for all Chapter members to invite acquaintances who are Chevron retirees, but are not affiliated with the Retirees Association.
Paul reported that the Chapter's financial status was sound with adequate funds in the checking account. Vice President Bob Bowie briefly addressed the group regarding election of officers for the 2019 - 2020 term. He and Dave Schaefer are serving as a nominating committee for officer and director positions. Bob urged members to consider the opportunity of volunteering for these leadership roles. The election will take place at the Chapter's December 5th luncheon at the Onion Creek Club in Austin. This concluded the business meeting.
Chapter member Jeff St. Claire introduced Jeff Shellebarger who provided a welcome overview of Chevron's current industry activities and accomplishments. Key to this discussion was assurance that Chevron has carefully positioned the Corporation to be secure regardless of the price of oil and gas and worldwide economic conditions. The increasing utilization of information technology has played a significant role in this endeavor. Further, Chevron's position in the Permian Basin of West Texas provides an enormous resource of oil and gas reserves. Jeff spoke about company personnel and mentioned that the workforce is more youthful than in the recent past. In conclusion, Jeff opened the floor for questions, and devoted several minutes in responding.
The day's activities concluded at 2:00 PM.
We hope to see you at the December 5th luncheon. An invitation will be distributed close to that date. Don't forget to check out the Chapter's web site, and remember, while there, you can access links to previous luncheon photos.