The first formal association of Shreveport geologists was organized on December 5, 1919 as the Shreveport Section of the Southwestern Geological Society (not to be confused with the Southwestern Association of Petroleum Geologists, which became the AAPG).
The society recognized early in its history the benefit of sharing geologic information through publications. Beginning with the 1939 publication of the 14 th Annual Field Trip Guidebook, Upper and Lower Cretaceous of Southwest Arkansas , the society has emphasized this aspect of its endeavors. In 1946, SGS published the first two volumes of Reference Reports on Certain Oil and Gas Fields in North Louisiana , South Arkansas , Mississippi , and Alabama . They were unprecedented at the time and became examples for other geological societies to follow in the future. Volumes III through VII have continued to provide new information for geologists interested in the Ark-La-Tex area.
The society has also demonstrated its concern for our community and the science of geology beyond the limits of the oil and gas industry. Over the years, many geology students have received society scholarships at area colleges and universities. In 1986, through the efforts of Lane Sartor, the W. & Tweatie Scarborough Baird Scholarship Trust was established. This perpetual trust, in the amount of $100,000. will continue to provide funds for worthy geology majors indefinitely. Besides scholarships, SGS promotes the study of geology through active involvement at the elementary, middle school, and high school level. Each year numerous members volunteer their services as in-class resources and science fair judges, giving students the opportunity to meet and interact with geologists first hand. The society also began supporting the Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair though various age level and category awards in 1987. For the younger set, the society sponsors a mock geological “dig” each year in conjunction with the community-sponsored Red River Revel. Nothing captures a child's imagination like dirt and the allure of hidden “treasure!”
In 1997 the SGS formed an Environmental Committee to address sensitive issues concerning preservation of our natural resources. From 1998 through 2000 the SGS donated a total of $10,000 to Sci-Port, which is a local scientific wonderland of exhibits that include a geological display created by the SGS.
In January of 2000 the SGS assembled a geological school kit used to present show and tell presentations to local schools. In 2001 the SGS put its Volume I though Volume VII of field papers on CD.
Last but not least, SGS members have always shared good times of fun and fellowship. The annual golf tournament dates back to the 1950's and continues to be a popular event. The social calendar has been expanded to include fishing and tennis tournaments and a 5K run.
Through the years, society members have given unselfishly of their time and talents to work on society and civic projects. Some have gained national prominence for their contributions to geology and their leadership in the oil and gas industry. All have benefited from the opportunity for service, continuing education, and friendship which the society provides.
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P.O. Box 750
Shreveport, LA 71162
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