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Meeting Date: Monday, December 10th

Join SCGS for our Annual Holiday Party!

’tis the season to rock ho-ho-horrible holiday sweaters!

Join the South Coast Geological Society for a night of fun, cheer, and great company as we host our Annual Holiday Party and Benefit night this year on December 10th at Dave & Buster’s in Orange, CA (7-10pm)! The night will feature several activities for you to part-take in including a raffle, silent auction, and an ugly sweater contest! Proceeds from this night will go to support us and our future events. So help us make our New Year great by celebrating with SCGS! This event includes a buffet dinner, desserts, and beverages (soda/tea).

Raffle and Silent Auction: We have a great assortment of fossils, rocks, brews, and wine for our raffle and silent auction!

Merchandise and Publications SALE: Selected merchandise and publications will be 30-50% off! Shop for the holidays and grab some stocking stuffers or a new guidebook!

Call for Donations: We welcome donations of all sorts for our raffle & silent auction. If you have any items such as minerals, rocks, fossils, maps, crafts, bottled brews or wines you wish to donate we will gladly accept them. We greatly appreciate your donations! (If you require execution of any other documentation in support of your tax deductible donation, please let us know at the time of your remittance.)


In this edition:

  • Meeting Information
  • Presidents Corner
  • Membership Drive
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Meeting Highlights
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteer with SCGS
  • Additional Links
  • Ways to Support SCGS


Dave & Buster’s
20 City Blvd W
Orange, CA 92868

Member $30
Non-Member $35
Student/Prof. $15






2017 Holiday Party and Benefit

Presidents Corner

Hello South Coast Members,

Thank you all for your support to the South Coast Geological Society this past year. As a quick re-cap, these are some of the activities SCGS conducted: hosted 11 monthly meetings including a joint meeting with SDAG (with Mr. Tom Bourque), a joint meeting with AEG (with Dr. Jeff Marshall), and a meeting hosted by Cal State Long Beach (with Dr. Rick Behl). Topics this year included hydrogeology, dendrochronology, engineering geology, seismology, remote sensing, state licensing, Sierra Nevada geology, and more!

SCGS was able to support students at CSU, Fullerton’s research day where we provided $1,000 in awards. We also hosted our 24th Annual Student Poster session and awarded $1,000 in scholarships. We provided 10 student sponsorships to the Annual Field Trip, and hosted over 170 student visits to our meetings. Started the Hike and Brews, provided the first-ever GIS Short Course which filled to capacity of 30 attendees, and held the amazing Southern Cascades Field Trip attended by 65 with 10 student sponsorships.

The purpose of the Society is to provide education opportunities, a forum for discussion, and support academic scholarships and I am proud that this year we continued that tradition. I can’t thank the officers and helpers enough, with a spotlight on Allison, Jenifer, Georgie, Taylor, and Vanya. A lot of work is involved to keep this thing going and these volunteers put in a lot of time and effort into the communications, logistics, meetings, website, speakers, field trip, and general day-to-day that is required. I hope you can take a moment to recognize them individually. And thanks to the thankless job of the Bylaws committee including Diane Murbach, Bob Ruscitto, Bert Vogler, and Eldon Gath.

There are a few ways to assist South Coast right now. If you are interested in providing your time either as an manager, or helper, please contact either me or Allison. Earth Consultants International generously allows SCGS to store our publications and materials in a storage unit at their office but we are in need of bookshelves and storage bins; if you have a donation please contact Taylor. Finally, to provide monetary support for SCGS you can link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile, donate a car through Harold’s Car Donation Service, or provide a personal or corporate sponsorship.

This is also a final reminder to complete your ballot for the proposed new bylaws and the 2019 officers by DECEMBER 9TH!

SCGS and SDAG will be hosting a joint meeting on January 16 at the Green Dragon in Carlsbad. The talk, A landscape altered: the explosive end to Kīlauea’s summit lava lake and the lower East Rift Zone eruption of 2018, will include 3 speakers, Diane Murbach, Matt Burgess, and Ken Hudnut. What a perfect way to start out 2019 for South Coast!

It was a great year and I’m proud and thankful to have served as the 2018 president. As a member and an officer I have learned from and enjoyed the opportunities South Coast has provided me and I’m glad I was able to give some of that back.

Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Ben Lewis
2018 President

2019 SCGS Voting Ballot
2018 Draft of Updated SCGS Bylaws
Bylaws Draft Presentation

Ben Lewis, SCGS President


Your membership in 2018 allowed SCGS to host stellar field trips, provide over $2,000 in student scholarships, and improve the society in many ways. South Coast Geological Society raises our annual budget through private contributions, so your membership is essential for us to continue the society, make improvements, provide phenomenal meetings, host field trips, and award student scholarships. To support the goals of SCGS we are asking for your membership renewal for 2019.

A membership to South Coast Geological Society has many benefits including discounted meeting and field trip costs, exclusive field trips and events, and more!
We welcome you to join or renew your membership with SCGS, one of the largest, most active Geological Societies in Southern California.

Membership Costs:
Professionals: $35 / year
Students: Free

Click Here for the Membership Form!

South Coast Geological Society Corporate Sponsorship

SCGS greatly appreciates our Corporate Sponsors! Corporate sponsorship allows SCGS to host stellar field trips, provide annual scholarships, and publish guidebooks. There are four Corporate Sponsorship Levels: DIAMOND ($1,000+), GOLD ($500+), SILVER ($250+), and BRONZE ($100+).


Click Here to Become a Corporate Sponsor!


Thank you to members and friends who attended our 24th Annual Poster Session. A special thanks to the students, academics, and professionals who shared their recent work with us! We awarded a total of $1,000 to Outstanding Poster Presenters. Congrats!


SDAG & SCGS Joint Meeting – Wednesday January 16, 2019
Green Dragon, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
5:30pm Social Hour 6:30pm Dinner 7:30pm Presentation
Talk Title: A landscape altered: the explosive end to Kīlaueas summit lava lake and the lower East Rift Zone eruption of 2018.

Presented by: The talk will include 3 speakers. First, Diane Murbach will discuss 40 years of chasing lava with Monte Murbach at Kīlauea, and present photographs of Pele’s 2018 lava from Fissure 8. Second, Matt Burgess will present a chronology of the 2018 eruption from the perspective of the geophysical response and third, Ken Hudnut will describe rapid topographic changes, with both Halema’uma’u and the summit caldera collapsing, and pulses of lava flowing from the Lower East Rift Zone, using helicopter-mounted lidar and aerial photography.

Volunteer with SCGS

South Coast Geological Society is seeking a motivated individual for the volunteer position of Secretary. Duties include checking-in members at meetings and events, sending monthly Newsletters and meeting announcements, managing membership, and maintaining meeting records.

Contact SCGS if you are interested.


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South Coast Geological Society
P.O. Box 10244
Santa Ana, CA, 92711-0244

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