As we continue to try and get our arms around a “new normal” I wanted to again update our membership on what your Western Plastics Pioneers Board has been doing.

Zoom Board Meetings:

  • Your WPP Board has been meeting regularly via Zoom to keep various activities moving (education/scholarships, membership, website, etc.). WPP members and others interested in WPP activities are welcomed to attend.
  • Financially we are healthy. Our Scholarship Fund balance is $19,243., and the General Fund balance is $7,794.44 (as of 9/30/20).

Three WPP Scholarships Awarded:

  • This summer, WPP awarded three $2,000.00 scholarships. The recipients were:
    • Juliana Covarrubias, Western Washington University
    • Allison Van Horn, Oregon State University
    • William Dayton, UC Davis
  • WPP member Mike Friend once again has donated the funds for a WPP scholarship.
  • Please visit the WPP website,, under education to view the SPE Foundation, Western Plastics Pioneers 2020 Scholarship Report that details our 2020 recipients and the WPP scholarship history for the past four years, along with the personal note of thanks from the SPE Foundation.
  • A big THANK YOU to Richard Luciano and the scholarship selection committee for their efforts.

WPP Membership:

  • As of this writing, 75% of our members have mailed in their 2020 – 2021 dues. If you’ve already done this, thank you. We hope that this reminder will prompt you to send your annual dues of $45.00 to Jeff Lawrence. If there are reasons that you are reconsidering your membership in WPP, please contact me to discuss. Remember that WPP is about our plastic industry network and supporting scholarships.
  • If you have a friend, colleague, or knowledge of someone that should consider membership in WPP, please talk with them and forward their contact information to Jeff Lawrence at

WPP Website (

  • Check out the WPP Member Bio. tab in Membership. We encourage all WPP members to submit a biography and photo to Jeff Lawrence. Please review the current biographies as examples. (send info to Jeff at
  • See information on WPP scholarship winners in the Education section.

WPP Member feedback:

  • We want to hear from our members. Share your ideas, suggestions, and comments. Call (720-512-3935), or write ( or reach out to any of the WPP Board (see website for contact info.).
  • Invite colleagues to join WPP. Membership Application is on the website.