From The Chairman

Dear API California Coastal Chapter Members,

As we begin 2023, I want wish everyone a Happy New Year. Let’s make 2023 a memorable year for the Oil & Gas community in the Ventura area. As a member you will have access to monthly general meetings, several great events like golf tournaments, sporting clay shoots and wine tasting. Scholarships are open to any child sponsored by an API member, even though some API members are non-industry related. We are largest scholarship gifting oil and gas organization in California. I would like to thank all the 2022 API BBQ and event sponsors. We could not have done all the great things without you.

  • Awarding $20,000+ in Scholarship to sons and daughters of those associated with the Oil Industry and non API associates children also.
  • R & R Pumping Unit Services who purchase and pass out $450.00 worth of tickets each month for our BBQ luncheon fundraiser. Which is greatly appreciate.
  • $750 in awards to Student winners with Energy Related projects at the Ventura County Science Fair.
  • Over $3000 in funding of buses to bring elementary school children to the California Oil Museum.

In 2023 we have needs on all committees to help with events. We are currently looking for a BBQ coordinator. So if have anyone within your company of employment that you could spare once a month on the third Friday of the month, we will teach them what we know. Tom Coene and I have been doing the API BBQ together since 2004. We need some new people to get involved. Also we could use help with the Golf Committee, Sporting Clay Committee, API Sponsors Committee and Wine Tasting Committee. If you’re interested in helping out in any way please contact any board member or use the contact form on the website.

A big thank you to Mr. Zermeno and his team at OST Truck & Crane for the use of the BBQ facility. This generous gift to the Coastal API helps support the fundraising efforts tremendously. In 2023 our chapter plans to continue its scholarship program in the Ventura County area. Making each year better than the last, is our goal and 2023 will be no different. I know the board and all the API coastal members will step up to make this year as fun and successful as all the years past. I encourage you to participate, volunteer and enjoy all the fun events we have planned.

API Coastal Chapter needs the support of your continued personal membership and our local industry membership. This support from participation in activities will allow us to continue our work having and great time at all the great events. Finally, please visit the web site regularly at for more information. Click on the calendar section to be informed on not only API events, but events from other oil industry related organizations in the area.

You will find the 2023 Membership Form and information on the 2023 Scholarship Program and application on our website Please continue your support and participation by keeping current on your 2023 membership dues. Please join us in our mission to support and defend this amazing industry by becoming a member of this great chapter today. Looking forward to a great 2023


Chuck Hawkins
2023 API Chairman
California Coastal section

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