April 2020  |  Vol. 72, No. 2 
TLARGI is a Subdivision of the Rubber Division, ACS
The Coronavirus, no doubt, has touched all of us. We are working hard at my company, producing products that matter in an uncertain, rapidly changing world. I have the utmost respect and pride for my employees who are coming to work and doing what needs to be done to ensure we make it safely through the pandemic, as well as support our US economy. It is my guess that many of you are doing the same thing, as the industries we serve are vital to the United States infrastructure. It is at this moment that I would like to personally commend each and every one of you who are proudly and patriotically serving your country through manufacturing. TLARGI is a community and, as such, we can come together to help each other.

It's hard to believe that this is the 92nd annual April Newsletter! I want to thank all who attended our February Dinner Meeting themed Spouses Night. We met in the Phoenix Club's Pavilion Room, which was nicely appointed with up-lighting and draped linens. It was a very nice setting for a night of casino gaming. We had a great time and there were some big winners! The TIPS session, which was organized by our Technical Committee Chairman Ragin Amrutiya, featured guest speaker Rick Zeibell from RD Abbott presenting the Application and Technology of the Hydrogen Cell.

Sadly, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our dinner meeting on April 7th at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel has been postponed until further notice. Safety is our number one focus and right now the recommendation from the CDC is to cancel gatherings of more than 5 people. May you and your family be safe in these trying times.

TLARGI's Basic Rubber Technology Class welcomed a new graduating class on March 12. Instructors Rick Ziebell and Matt Rodgers presented the 20-week course to the class which graduated 46 students, 10 more than last year. We thank Rick and Matt for their continued dedication to the class. They do an exceptional job and the class gets better and better every year. TLARGI would also like to thank Wacker Silmix, Hexpol Compounding, MR Mold & Engineering and R & S Processing for opening their facilities for class tours. We'd also like to thank guest speaker Kevin Kulbaba for bringing his expertise to the class.

THE SUMMER CONFERENCE IS ON!!!! We're all looking forward to the Summer Conference which is just a few short months away. The Summer Conference Committee, led by Gabriel Gonzalez and Jackie Gandara, will be taking place in fabulous LAS VEGAS on the weekend of June 5-7. This is a new location for us and we're all excited for the new adventure. It appears to be KID FRIENDLY complete with a lazy river! Please find more details of the conference in this month's newsletter.

2020 is now in full swing and there's been a lot of work to put together a year's worth of meetings and activities. I want to especially thank Darren Marcoux for all his help in putting this year together with me. Also, I want to thank the Board of Directors and all the Committee Chairs and committee members for their work and commitment to making TLARGI a successful organization.

Bernardyne Gillespie Campana
2020 TLARGI Chairman

2020 Summer Conference
Tahiti Village Resort, Las Vegas NV
June 5 to June 7, 2020

We're all looking forward to the Summer Conference, which is just a few short months away. Gabriel Gonzalez and the Summer Conference Committee are hard at work planning a wonderful Tahitian weekend getaway this June! 

The committee is thrilled to announce that we are headed to Tahiti Village for the first time. This family friendly resort, which also includes "Adult Only" areas, has beautiful 1 BR suites all with a kitchenette, a tropical beach pool and an amazing lazy river. Don't miss "dive-In" movies at the pool, their world-class spa, and free shuttles to the heart of the strip.



POSTPONED - April Golf Tournament
April 6, 2020  |  Tee Times Start at 10:00 am

Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside, CA.  The field is limited to the first 40 golfers who sign up. 

POSTPONED - April TIPS Meeting
April 7, 2020  |  5:30 p.m.

POSTPONED - April Dinner Meeting
April 7, 2020  |  5:30 p.m.

Christmas Party
December 5, 2020

Save the date and celebrate! Join us on Saturday, December 5, 2020.


To learn more or to register for any of these tournaments, simply click on the dates below to access their event pages.

June 6: TBD

A ugust: TBD

September 28: GLTPC Scholarship Tournament, Time and Location TBD
TLARGI 2020 Yearbooks

Despite the postponement of the April dinner meeting, the yearbooks will still be distributed. A good portion will be sent directly to some of the companies with larger enrollments, such as VIP Rubber and R.D. Abbott. The remainder will be mailed, so be on the lookout! Thank you for the hard work of the Yearbook Committee.  
2020 Basic Rubber Technology Course

The evening of March 12, 2020, marked a very special moment for TLARGI when 43 graduates received diplomas for completing our Basic Rubber Technology Course

This course is foundational to TLARGI's history and exemplifies our mission to promote growth through educational and technical activities. Co-instructors Rick Ziebell and Matt Rogers worked diligently to provide improved metrics for student performance and continued to integrate new relevance to the 20-week curriculum. 

These 2020 graduates performed strongly throughout the course. New enrollment begins this fall. The class fills quickly, so plan to enroll early if you're planning to participate.

March Golf Tournament at Goose Creek

TLARGI's March 2 Golf Tournament at Goose Creek had 33 golfers. The course was in great shape and everyone had a good time. The winners were:

First Place: Fred Rodriguez
Second Place: Jimmy Neal
Third Place: Carlos Iglesias


Advertising with TLARGI
If your organization is interested in advertising with the TLARGI yearbook, website, and/or newsletter, please contact Cindy LeClair at cindy@viprubber.com.    
TIPS Presenters  
If you're interested in presenting at a TIPS Meeting or the 2020 Technical Conference, please submit abstracts to Dr. Ragin Amrutiya at ragin.amrutiya@wacker.com for consideration. 

Current Events or Member Updates 
If you have current events or member updates to share, please send them to Darren Marcoux at darrenm@viprubber.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 send their names and contact information to Gabriel Gonzalez at ggonzalez@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.


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