April 2015  |  Vol. 67, No. 2
On behalf of TLARGI, I want to extend a thank you to all who attended and contributed to the February Spouse's/Casino Night! Always fun with Wayne Pulcini's 'gambling hall' inside the Phoenix Club ballroom; and a great pre-cursor to the upcoming Summer Conference at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas! Thank you also to Jim Harmon and the Technical Committee for providing a fine TIPS Session featuring Ricky Magee of Aditya Birla delivering an informative presentation on a functional and reinforcing rubber additive: Carbon Black!  And a thanks to Danielle Hyslop and her imaginative Committee for coming up with great prizes, and a special thanks to the companies that donated prizes!  

This evening was another fine example of active TLARGI participation at its best. If you are interested in getting more involved in TLARGI, please contact us today.

Congratulations to the 2015 graduates of the TLARGI Basic Rubber Technology course, and thank you to instructors Tom Martin and Rick Ziebell for another job well done! This 20-week course is a wonderful resource and tool for anyone wanting to further their value in the rubber industry or simply desiring to learn new things! ( A special note: After many years of hard work and dedication, Tom Martin, Jr., has decided to step down from this instructor role. Many students have graduated during Tom's tenure and furthered their footprint in the rubber industry. On behalf of TLARGI, we want to congratulate and thank Tom for his years of service!)

Lastly, the April Dinner Meeting is just around the corner on April 7, and that means the ever popular yearbooks will be out (thanks to our outstanding Editor, Beth Sepulveda, and her talented Committee)! Our after-dinner entertainment, The Podunk Poets, are guaranteed to get the 'country and rock' in you fired up with their awesome musical talent! (Don't forget to register and pay online by April 2.)


Larry Clarke
2015 TLARGI Chairman


April Dinner Meeting
April 7, 2015  |  6:00 p.m.

You won't want to miss the April Dinner Meeting. Come hear the classic country sounds of "The Podunk Poets," a five-piece band from Los Angeles with a honkytonk groove and playful disposition. Join us and you'll also receive your copy of the 2014/2015 TLARGI Yearbook and Directory.

April TIPS Meetings
April 7, 2015  |  5:30 p.m.

Come hear Ed Norton, an Applications Specialist for Alpha Technologies, present information on "Advances in MDR Technology."

April Golf Tournament
April 6, 2015  |  10:00 a.m.

Join us at the Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside. We need 40 golfers to make this tournament possible. Reserve your spot(s) today!

2015 Summer Conference
June 5 to June 7, 2015  |  Golden Nugget Hotel


Upcoming Tournaments

June 6 at the Summer Conference

August 10 at Los Verdes Golf Course

September 7 GLTPC Scholarship Tournament at California Country Club

November 2 at Western Hills Country Club

Winners of February Tournament

With Handicap:
1st Place: Rolf Ahonen
2nd Place: Howard Vipperman
3rd Place: John Reddel

With Callaway Scoring System:
1st Place: Charles Wong
2nd Place: Dean Detsen
3rd Place: Darren Marcoux

Golfing Tip: "Ghin" App

Peter Joneleit of VIP Rubber & Plastics, came across a cool app he thought our expanding TLARGI golf group might enjoy.

It's called "GHIN" and it's free. Once you log in (using your GHIN number and last name, there's no need to set up an account), it automatically connects you with the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA). The app allows you to keep track of your handicap and scores, including posting new scores. It also has a Handicap Index look-up, adjustable slope rating, allows for partner handicap entry, tournament and parings features, a GHIN score card, and access to the SCGA "Fore" magazines from inside the app. It's a very cool tool for those getting back in the swing of things or for those just starting and trying to establish a handicap.


New Memberships
Jeff Wiedeman, Global Sales Manager, 
Alternative Rubber & Plastics

Chris Sayson, Account Manager, Lianda Corporation 

TIPS Presenters
If you're interested in presenting at a TIPS Meeting or at the 2015 Technical Conference, please submit abstracts to Jim Harmon at  jim_harmon@hmroyal.com for consideration.

Complimentary Mailing List
Normally at their April meeting, the TLARGI Board approves the mailing list for the TLARGI newsletter to non-members.

Nominees generally include advertisers, scholarship recipients, and scholarship donors. If you have nominations for this list, please email their names and contact information to Jennifer Perez at jperez@rdabbott.com.

The Los Angeles Rubber Group, Inc. (TLARGI) mission is to promote the professional growth of those associated with the local rubber and affiliated industries and to meet the needs of companies and academic centers that support its members through educational, technical, and networking activities.