December 2015  |  Vol. 67, No. 7
Wow! The holidays are upon us. As hectic as it can get, it's a wonderful time of the year, and I'd like to extend TLARGI best wishes for a happy holiday season! And just like that, the November Dinner Meeting is history. But not before your 2016 Board of Directors candidates and the Scholarship recipients were announced. TLARGI appreciates the support from the membership, industry, AND the GLTPC members...Thank you!  

For the first time, ballot voting will be offered electronically. So be sure to place your votes by November 25 and seriously give thought to what you can do for TLARGI (and yourself) in 2016, whether it's volunteering for committees, becoming a chairperson, or helping in technology or education.  

The grand TLARGI event of 2015 is, of course, the Christmas Party, themed 'TLARGI's Golden Christmas Ball.' Scheduled for Saturday, December 5, at The Westin South Coast Plaza. It will be here before we know it! By now, all reservations should be in; but if not, November 23 is the final deadline. You will definitely not want to miss this year's formal affair featuring a live band playing all your favorite music. The Christmas Committee will also be collecting your unwrapped gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots.

Thank you all for your participation and support of TLARGI in 2015. It has been a privilege and a truly rewarding year! TLARGI does so much for so many, but none of it would be possible without you, the Membership.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! We look forward to seeing everyone at the final TLARGI event of the year, the Christmas Party!


Larry Clarke
2015 TLARGI Chairman


2015 Elections

The TLARGI Nominating Committee has selected the 2016 Board of Directors candidates and online voting is available until November 25, 2015. To view the candidates and to cast your vote now, simply click on the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Eddie Gonzales at or (562) 373-6985.

Golden Christmas Ball
December 5, 2015  |  6:00 p.m.

Join us for a special formal evening with dinner, dancing, and prizes. It will be a black tie affair at The Westin South Coast Plaza. Please register very soon if you're planning to attend. The final deadline for dinner tickets is November 23.

Important update: Door Prizes will be drawn throughout the evening and winners do NOT need to be present; however, there will be one Grand Prize winner drawn at the end of the evening and the winner MUST BE PRESENT to claim the Grand Prize.

February Golf Tournament

February TIPS Meeting
February 2, 2016  |  5:30 p.m.

Save the date for the February TIPS Meeting. You are welcome to register at this time, but more details will be posted in 2016.

February Casino/Spouse's Night
February 2, 2016  |  6:00 p.m.

You and your significant other are invited to join fellow TLARGI members for an evening of dinner and friendly gambling at the 2016 Casino Night. Don't miss out on the fun as couples try their luck at games like Poker, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and more!


"Golfer of the Year"

Congratulations to Howard Vipperman for earning the prestigious Golfer of the Year award for 2015.

November Tournament Update

Forty-two golfers showed up for the tournament at Western Hills. The course was in great shape and everyone had a good time. The winners were:

1st Place: Peter Joneleit
2nd Place: Howard Vipperman
3rd Place: John Pitt
Closest to Pin (#6): Ken Lockwood
Closest to Pin (#14): Tom Smith
Longest Putt (#18): Steve Scheuermann


New Memberships

Alex Futter, Account Manager, The Hallstar Company

Arian Ortiz, Chemist, R&S Processing Co.

Darrin Roe, Account Manager, Zeon Chemicals

Duy Nguyen, General Manager, Diversified Manufacturing Technologies (DMT)

Gregory Hrenya, Executive Director of New Business Ventures, R.D. Abbott Co., Inc.

Kim Boser, Orion Engineered Carbons LLC

2016 Membership Dues
Don't forget to send your membership dues to Gabe Gonzalez by January 1, 2016, and keep in mind that any new members who apply in August, September, October, November, or December become members for the balance of 2015 and for 2016. If you have any questions, contact Gabe at

Advertising in 2016 
If your organization is interested in advertising in the TLARGI Newsletter or 2015/2016 Yearbook and Directory, please contact the following individuals: 
For the Yearbook: Contact Beth Sepulveda at 
For the Newsletter: Contact Tom Martin at (and cc: Amy Congo at

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 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

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.