December 2019  |  Vol. 71, No. 7 
 
TLARGI is a Subdivision of the Rubber Division, ACS
CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE:
Happy Holidays, TLARGI family and friends! Don't look now, but our mountains finally received a dusting of snow. So it's official, winter is here! I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving as we reflect on everything we have to be thankful.

We have one more event this year which is the annual TLARGI Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7th. In just a couple short weeks, the Winter Wonderland themed party awaits. We always look forward to spending time with colleagues and co-workers one last time before we end the year. If you haven't yet, please be sure to register for this event. I believe we still have tables available. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped gift for a young boy or girl to help make this a happy holiday. These donations will be accepted through the Spark of Love Toy Drive, so you'll be participating in a growing event here in Southern California.

The TLARGI Board of Directors' Election is still open. Please get your ballots turned in no later than Wednesday, December 4th. Thank you to all who are currently serving on the board and to those who've accepted the challenge of throwing their hats into the ring for nomination.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve on the board these last several years. It has been an honor to meet and work with such bright, educated, and talented people. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the board members for their guidance and support over the years. I look forward to providing that same support in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Darren Marcoux
2019 TLARGI Chairman
FEATURED EVENT
Winter Wonderland Celebration 
December 7, 2019  |  6:00 p.m. - Midnight  
  
Our Winter Wonderland Celebration is less than 2 weeks away! It's sure to be a memorable evening of dining, dancing, awards, and prizes. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and will last until midnight.
 
Vanity Fair will entertain us with their music, and door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening.
 
There are still seats available. Please click the button below to learn more and register today. 
  
For those who are registered and planning to attend, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
 
Over the past 27 years, the Spark of Love Toy Drive has successfully collected more than ten million toys. The campaign collects toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.
    
For more information about this drive, or for additional donation options, please visit abc7.com/sparkoflove.  

   
 
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the event, contact Deena Campana at 562.762.6655 or dcampana@viprubber.com.  
 
If you have any registration questions, contact Geraldine Perez at 562.944.5354 or gperez@RDAbbott.com
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
2019 Elections

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to submit your ballot for our 2020 TLARGI officers and directors, and let us know which committees you're interested in joining for 2020.
 
Let's work together to make 2020 an extraordinary year for TLARGI and its membership!!! The first step in doing so is by joining a committee.

All ballots must be submitted by Wednesday, December 4th. Any ballots received after this date will NOT be counted.

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Kearns at s.kearns@elastapro.com or 562.343.9982, ext. 103. 
January Board & Committee Meeting
January 14, 2020  |  5:00 p.m. 
Save the date for the January Board & Committee Meeting on January 14, 2020, at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel. More details to come in December once the 2020 officers, directors, and committees have been finalized.

During this meeting, the board and committee members will get acquainted, and will have their yearbook photos taken. Please note that the photos will be taken promptly at 5:00 p.m. with dinner to follow.

All approved committee members will be contacted before the new year by their designated chairpersons with all the meeting details.
 
February Casino Night
February 4, 2020  |  6:00 p.m. 
You and your significant other are invited to join your TLARGI friends for an evening of dinner and friendly gambling at our 2020 Casino Night. Don't miss out on the fun as we try our luck at games like Poker, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and more! The casino action will follow the cocktail hour and dinner meeting. We're looking forward to seeing you there for all the fun!
 
February TIPS
February 4, 2020  |  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 announced in the next newsletter.
 
MEMBER UPDATES
New Resource: TLARGI Career Center 
 
The TLARGI Board is pleased to announce the approval and addition of a Career Center to the TLARGI newsletter. Members who are currently or soon to be unemployed, and are in search of employment, will have their availability placed in the newsletter highlighting their experience, education, and desired position at no cost to the member. (Listed below is the first post.)
 
If you are a member who's in search of employment, please contact the Placement Committee Chairman Gary Jeffries at garyjeffries@akrochem.com. You can also complete this  Placement Form and forward it to Gary.
 
 
 
TLARGI Career Center 

POST #1  
 
Member seeking Purchasing, Sales, Customer Service, or Management position. 
  • 8 Years Rubber Industry Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (completing December 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Business Management
  • Completed TLARGI's Basic Rubber Technology Course
     
For additional information, contact the Placement Committee Chairman Gary Jeffries at garyjeffries@akrochem.com or 330.414.6810.
 
 
2020 Membership Renewals 
 
You can now renew your membership or start the process of becoming a new member ONLINE. Click the buttons below to get all the details. 
 
Please note that all 2020 Membership Renewal Applications and dues must be received by January 3, 2020. If these items are not received by this date, your information will not be listed in the 2019/2020 TLARGI Yearbook & Directory and you will need to reapply for new membership.

GOLF UPDATES
March 2020 at Goose Creek 
 
Mark this on your calendar:  March 2020 at Goose Creek Golf Club. Then stay tuned for more details in the next newsletter.



Golfers, We Want to Hear from You!

The TLARGI Golf Committee would like to receive your feedback as they plan for next year's golf tournaments. Please take a moment to complete their brief online survey.



 
NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
IMPORTANT UPDATES & REMINDERS
Are You Interested in Getting More Involved in TLARGI?  
If you've considered a role on the board or as chairman of a committee, we'd like to hear from you so we can grow our team. Please email Deena Campana at dcampana@viprubber.com if you or someone you know would be a good candidate for a board position, such as treasurer, secretary, director or a committee chairman, so when the Nominating Committee meets we have a list of candidates who are available and willing for the roles.

 
Advertising in 2020
All new artwork for the Yearbook, Website, and Newsletter ads in 2020 need be emailed to Cindy LeClair at  cindy@viprubber.com by December 1, 2019.  If you missed the deadline to sign up for advertising in 2020, please contact Cindy for additional information and options.

   
Wanted: Camera Buffs 
The TLARGI Yearbook Committee is always looking for amateur photographers to help with monthly meetings. If you like to shoot candid photos, please contact Jessica Brieno at jbrieno@RDAbbott.com or Sarah Aguilar at sarah.aguilar@RDAbbott.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 Doug Limkeman at  doug_limkeman@hmroyal.com for consideration.
 

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.