O.P.E.R.A.
2555 Savannah Avenue
PO Box 712
Port Arthur, TX 77641-0712
(409) 989-7199

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
8 am to 4 pm
Closed on Fridays


 



About O.P.E.R.A.

HISTORY

O.P.E.R.A. represents the Oil & Petrochemical Employees Recreation Association. The club was originally named the "Texaco Employees Recreation Association (T.E.R.A.)." T.E.R.A. was formed in 1979 by employees of Texaco that played and created a softball league. In cooperation with Texaco's Port Arthur Plant management, TERA acquired a lease for a tract of land in Texaco's Nederland Station to build four softball diamonds in July of 1979. In the inaugural season the softball league fielded 18 teams totaling 450 employees. At that time TERA planned to expand its growth toward more family oriented activities.

The organization assembled a Board of Directors and the dreams of the members of the organization developed into a full scale recreation club. In September of 1980 the Texaco Bowling league voted to join TERA and mark one of the first step toward unity for the organization. As the opportunities for future growth became apparent, new activities began to develop which included basketball, tennis, golf and fishing.

The TERA membership declined severely with the 1980's employee downsizing at Texaco. Many changes occurred within the organization, but with pure determination, management support and a strong leadership, TERA survived the modifications and continued to bring employees and their families together.

In the early 90's, the Texaco plant had become a joint venture known as Star Enterprise and the Huntsman Corporation had purchased the Texaco Chemical plant. These events led to the organization name change; "Oil and Petrochemical Employees Recreation Association." The new name would better symbolize the various changes in membership and companies that represented OPERA in the present and in the future.

To date, OPERA is still viable and offers its members a boat launch venue that outlets into the Neches River for fishermen, hunters, or just recreational fun; a travel club; softball club; golf club, bowling club, various discounts for members: and lots of activities and events for every age group such as an annual Movie Event, Splash-Day at the Waterpark; BINGO events, and various other activities.

Information regarding membership eligibility can be retrieved on the “Membership” page.

Contact the OPERA office for information opera@motivaent.com or opera@gt.rr.com.

Board of Directors of OPERA

Judd Robertson, President
Gary Marino, Vice President
Becky Demeter, Secretary
Josette Brown, Treasurer


Judd Robertson, Boat Launch Director                                                                                                                                 
Justin Bellow, Softball Director

Mark Kaulfus, Chairman                                                                                                                                                      
Gary King, Director/Advisor                                                                                                                                                 Dan Aleksandrowicz, Director/Advisor                                     
                                                                                                   

Office Manager:  Alicia Garcia