August 2019  |  Vol. 71, No. 4 
TLARGI is a Subdivision of the Rubber Division, ACS
Graham Pence, Sarah Aguilar, and the Summer Conference Committee did a fantastic job of providing a new location and a fresh schedule for this year's conference. We gathered at the Springhill Inn and Suites in Paso Robles for the Royal Ascot themed conference. Friday evening the technical session was presented by Rick Ziebell, from RDAbbott, on the topic of "Megatrends: How Rubber Can Help." There was a golf tournament Saturday morning. Then later that morning, attendees enjoyed a variety of pre-planned events or had the day to themselves to enjoy the nearby sights and activities. With fun and games taking place after Saturday evening's dinner, that freed up the entire afternoon to be enjoyed.

We have two scheduled golf tournaments coming up: a TLARGI-sponsored tournament on August 12 at the Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia and the GLTPC-sponsored tournament on September 16 at the Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills. There is also the possibility of a third tournament in November to finish the year.

The end of summer will be here before you know it and that means the start of TLARGI's Basic Rubber Technology course. The course will be presented by Rick Ziebell and Matt Rogers of RDAbbott. The course is 20 weeks long and starts September 5. Follow this link to enroll or get more details.

Our next dinner meeting will be the annual Oktoberfest. This event is scheduled for October 1, 2019, at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. The day will be kicked off in the afternoon with the Technical Conference, followed by the Mini Expo and dinner meeting. Look for updates on the Technical Conference and be sure to sign up. The expo tables are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to sign up for those early as well.

If you haven't received emails from the Rubber Division, ACS, about its International Elastomer Conference, it is scheduled for October 8 - 10, 2019, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Follow this link for more details.

There is no November dinner meeting scheduled for this year. The next event after our Oktoberfest will be the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. Deena Campana, Erika Pence, and the Christmas Party Committee have been planning the details of this much anticipated event.

Darren Marcoux
2019 TLARGI Chairman  
Basic Rubber Technology Course 
September 5, 2019 - March 12, 2020 
This 20-week course is truly one of the best values TLARGI has to offer. If you or your employees have never attended, we recommend enrolling this fall. Whether your background is operations, sales, technical, finance, or management, it provides invaluable training to further your success in the rubber industry.
The course will provide a comprehensive introduction of the following topics:
  • Designing with rubber
  • Formulating with rubber
  • Compounding with rubber
  • Fabricating with rubber
  • Testing with rubber
Other highlighted topics include: Rubber industry overview and history, silicone rubber, rubber-to-substrate bonding, recycling, latex, foam/sponge, mold building, rubber test methods, and more.

Click the link below for more information.

August Golf Tournament
August 12  |  7:30 a.m. Shotgun

Join us at the Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia. This golf course was built over a naturally rolling terrain and features 89 sand bunkers, majestic pines, and lakes that come into play on several holes. Reserve your spots today!

GLTPC Scholarship Golf Tournament
September 16  |  10:00 a.m. Check-in; 11:00 a.m. Shotgun

Join the Grand Lodge of TLARGI Past Chairmen (GLTPC) in our annual fundraising effort to support TLARGI's Educational Scholarship Fund. Reserve your spots today!

Oktoberfest and Mini Expo
October 1  |  5:00 p.m.
To reserve a table at the Mini Expo, contact Dr. Ragin Amrutiya at Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so you'll want to reserve your table soon! Then click the "learn more" link below to get all the details about our 2019 Oktoberfest and Mini Expo.
This event is always a great opportunity to discover the latest products and innovations, meet with technical experts, and get caught up with friends and colleagues. 

Technical Conference
October 1, 2019  |  1:00 p.m.

We are still gathering guest speakers to present at this year's Technical Conference. If you or your company are interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Ragin Amrutiya at

Christmas Party 
December 7, 2019

Save the date for the 2019 TLARGI Christmas Party with Vanity Fair on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. 
We Have a Champion in Our Midst!

Our Chairman-Elect Graham Pence, together with his chorus members from The Westminster Chorus, captured the gold medal for their performance at the 2019 International Championship of the Barbershop Harmony Society on Friday, July 5, in Salt Lake City. His chorus set a new record for highest score ever awarded, with a 97.9% score. Their 100-man chorus paired "I'll Be Here" from Broadway's The Wild Party with "From Now On" from The Greatest Showman to capture their fourth championship. Follow this link to watch their sensational performance and to learn more about this competition. 

In Memoriam

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of two former TLARGI members:

Steve Hemstreet, Chairman and Owner of WARCO BILTRITE, on July 8, 2019. For details regarding services, please email  
Yolanda Warne, Receptionist at VIP Rubber Co., Inc., on July 6, 2019. For details regarding services, please email 

Share Your Pics from the 2019
Summer Conference

For those who attended the Summer Conference, did you take any photos that you'd be willing to share with the TLARGI Yearbook Committee???  
If so, please send your photos to Jessica Brieno at or Sarah Aguilar at to possibly be included in our 2019/2020 Yearbook & Directory. Thank you!
The Honorary Lifetime Member Selection Committee is
looking for nominations for 2019.

What does it take to be voted in as an Honorary Lifetime Member? Exceptionally outstanding and unselfish service to the Group or the industry shall be considered as a qualification for this honor. In other words, this membership is reserved for those who have made contributions over and above what's been asked or assigned to them.

Please email the name of the individual and the reasons why this individual should be considered to Scott Kearns at All your recommendations will be collected between now and October 1st and will be passed along to the board for consideration at the October meeting. The committee will vote on the proposals at the November board meeting.

The committee consists of Scott Kearns, Darren Marcoux, and Beth Sepulveda.
Advertising with TLARGI
If your organization is interested in advertising on the website or in our newsletter, please contact Cindy LeClair at

TIPS Presenters  
If you're interested in presenting at a TIPS Meeting or the 2019 Technical Conference, please submit abstracts to Dr. Ragin Amrutiya at for consideration. 

Current Events or Member Updates 
If you have current events or member updates to share, please send them to Doug Limkeman at 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

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.