On April 2, 1948 an informal dinner meeting was held at Eaton's Restaurant in Santa Barbara.
R.N. Williams, Honolulu Oil Corporation presided and the speaker for the evening was W. H. (Bill) Geis, Consultant and member of the State Board for Registration of Engineers. Mr. Geis spoke on The Position of the Geologist in Connection with the Engineer's Registration Act.
A committee of four was appointed to work out the details of organizing a geological society within the coastal area. This committee consisted of R. N. Williams, Honolulu Oil Corp., Santa Barbara; Aden W. Hughes, Union Oil Co., Santa Maria; William R. Merrill, Standard Oil Co., Ventura; and Robert Pasehali, Amerada, Ventura (Chairman).
Forty-eight geologists, engineers and other interested parties attended this meeting. John F. Curran succeeded Mr. Paschall as chairman.