Comments from the President of the Dallas Geophysical Society

May 2020 President's Letter

Dear Members,

During these unprecedented times, I’m reminded of the countless stories passed along by many of our members, friends, and families, recollecting on the booms and busts of our industry across many generations. While some serve as tragic and difficult reminders, most provide a foundation of inspiration and hope for a new tomorrow. Our industry has adapted to adversity in the past with hastened efficiency and I’m already fascinated and inspired by the ingenuity sweeping through the members in our industry. Meetings have quickly transitioned into the digital domain, pickup and deliveries have evolved, and virtual Zoom Happy Hours are now set as recurring calendar events. This all occurred in a matter of weeks and I can only imagine the potential for our future!

While I do look forward to better days ahead, our remaining luncheon schedule and annual events have been deeply impacted by the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and requirements by state and local governments. With respect for these, the Dallas Geophysical Society and the Dallas Geological Society have cancelled the following events:

  • Dallas Geophysical Society Luncheon – Tuesday, May 5, 2020
  • SEG DISC Course – Friday, May 22, 2020

In spite of these cancellations, there are still options available to keep your mind engaged in geophysics thanks to the upcoming SEG virtual lectures. Please follow the links below for information and registration. While there is no charge to attend a virtual lecture, you MUST register.

The time is here for our President-Elect, Ruth Hammans, to present her Dallas Geophysical Society Board of Directors for 2020-2021. Especially considering the circumstances and the current obstacles preventing Ruth from networking in-person, please take some time to consider the impact you will have on your local geophysical community by volunteering your time to the society. There are many different capacities in which you can serve! Email the society at to learn more!

It’s hard to believe that this letter will already be my last to you this term. We have experienced so many changes recently that it’s difficult to remember life together before March. In spite of our current circumstances, I’m both thankful and humbled that I was given the opportunity to learn from the society during my tenure. I have served with an outstanding group of professionals on our Board of Directors and have full confidence that Ruth Hammans will continue to lead the society in the right direction as our lives return to a new normal. Please help lend your support in any way possible. We’re only one month away from our new term and we still have many spots to fill on our 2020-2021 DGS Board of Directors.

As I wrote to you in April, please be sure to check in regularly with your coworkers, friends, and family during this time. It’s important that we remember the individuals in our community, especially during this strange season of isolation.

Thank you again for this amazing opportunity. I am forever grateful.

I look forward to seeing you all in person again sooner than later!


Dillon LaFoy
2019-2020 President
Dallas Geophysical Society

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