February 2020  |  Vol. 72, No. 1
TLARGI is a Subdivision of the Rubber Division, ACS

Just kidding, but I got your attention! TLARGI is already great, but we can all make it even better by giving suggestions, coming to events, participating on committees and joining the board of directors. With your help, we can continue to give all TLARGIans the best in technology, networking, education/scholarships and fun. We are the premiere rubber group on the west coast, and we intend to keep it that way!

Speaking of fun, if you couldn't attend last year's Christmas party, then you really missed out! We all celebrated at the Hilton in Costa Mesa with good food, great drinks, excellent friends and a fantastic band, Vanity Fair. The Christmas party Committee did a wonderful job in preparing and decorating the event, not to mention we had so much fun doing it! This committee is one of my favorites. Thanks to Cindy LeClair for co-chairing with me, as well as the decorating team that put together unbelievably great ambiance (all done with a very conservative budget). A huge thanks goes to Donna Klatt, Gloria Villareal, Denise Gastelon and Traci Prog, very well done! Lupe Perez and Ryan Baldwin were in the "Hot Seat" at the reception table and did a great job receiving everyone. A few other notable mentions: Geraldine Perez, who graciously re-did the seating chart on short notice when I moved from rounds of 10 to rounds of 8; and, of course, Tom Martin Jr. as the emcee - always a blast with Tom. Darren and Julie took care of the Sparks of Love drive and Beth did a great job with photos again. Thank you to all the guests who came out dressed spectacularly! Everyone looked fabulous. It was amazing.

Below is a quick view of upcoming events that we would love to see you at:

Date Location Time Comments
Phoenix Club - Anaheim
TIPS @ 5:30 PM SPOUSE'S Casino Night 7PM
This is a really fun dinner meeting. Hope to see some big winners!
Knott's - Buena Park
TIPS @ 5:30 PM Dinner 7 PM
We may have a mini tech conference too! More details to come
June 5-7
Tahiti Village -
Las Vegas!

Weekend get away!
TIPS 5 PM Friday
Gabe Gonzales is putting together a great weekend for us. This is a must do!
Phoenix Club - Anaheim
Tech Conference @ 1:30 PM Expo 5:30 PM
OKTOBERFEST!! Put your lederhosen on and let's learn and have some fun
Hilton - Costa Mesa
7 PM Formal Dinner
TLARGI Christmas Party - Formal event of the year  Another must do!

I am so excited and honored to be the chairman of TLARGI for 2020. It is with much gratitude that I serve all of you in the hopes of making this the best year yet!   Thank you to all past chairmen, the shoulders upon which I nowstand. It is the hard work of all the board members and committees that make TLARGI possible and I cannot thank everyone enough for their participation. Here's to many more years of building friendships, learning together and bringing in the youth to our industry through scholarships, internships and fun.

Deena Campana
2020 TLARGI Chairman  
February Casino Night 
February 4, 2020  |  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 this year's Casino Night. Don't miss out on the fun as we try our luck at games like Poker, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and more!

Welcome to our 

February TIPS Meeting
February 4, 2020  |  5:30 p.m.

Rick Ziebell, Technical Fellow and V.P. of Technology at R.D. Abbott, will examine elastomer sealing performance in hydrogen fuel cells.


Summer Conference
June 5 - 7, 2020

Key details are still being finalized, but the 2020 Summer Conference will be held at the Tahiti Village Resort in Las Vegas during the first weekend in June. If you have any questions, please contact Gabriel Gonzalez at GGonzalez@RDAbbott.com or 562.373.6967.

Christmas Party 
December 5, 2020

Save the date! The 2020 TLARGI Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 5th. We'll be returning to the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. Returning for the entertainment will Vanity Fair. Last year's committee did a great job with the planning, decorating and presentation of the Christmas Party. With a new year comes a whole new committee, new theme, new ideas and a new party to look forward to. More of those details will be made available in future newsletters. Stay tuned! 

June 6: Summer Conference (Location TBD)

August Golf Tournament TBA

The GLTPC Undergraduate Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at Western Hills Golf Club on September 28, 2020. 11:00 a.m. shotgun.

New Memberships 

Please welcome our newest TLARGI members:

Brian Mircheff, Materials Engineer at Parker Hannifin

George Ross, Account Rep at TCR Industries

Richard Nighswonger, Account Manager at Dowd and Guild

Steve Melito, Owner at Thunderbolt Business Services
Rubber Division, ACS,
Training Opportunities

To learn more about the current training opportunities available through the Rubber Division, ACS, visit their web page .


Wanted: Camera Buffs
The TLARGI Yearbook Committee is looking for amateur photographers to help with monthly meetings. If you like to shoot candid photos, please contact Beth Sepulveda at (562) 944-5354 or beth.sepulveda@RDAbbott.com.  
Advertising with TLARGI
If your organization is interested in advertising in 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 Doug Limkeman at  doug_limkeman@hmroyal.com for consideration.  

TLARGI Career Center 
POST #1:  
Member seeking Sales, Account Manager or Management position.  
  • 6 Years Rubber Industry Experience
  • Knowledgeable in areas of extrusion, molding and calendaring.
  • 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.  

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

Channel Prime Alliance/
Goldsmith & Eggleton
(c/o Mike Bulawa & Kyle Muhs)

Goodyear Rubber

Harwick Standard

HM Royal

Jeff Bahash

Martin & Jennifer Perez

Lintech International

Lois McKinney

M.R. Mold & Engineering

Margaret O'Donnell

R&S Processing

R.D. Abbott Co., Inc.

S & H Rubber

Santa Fe Rubber

T.L. Squire & Company, Inc.

VIP Rubber Co., Inc.

Y & D Rubber

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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