Dear OCAPL Members,
I wanted to take a moment to reach out to everyone regarding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic as well as the recent advisories from the federal and local government, to limit all gatherings of more than 10 people of any kind for the next 8 weeks. At this point, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our members and after much debate, the Executive Committee has decided to cancel our upcoming Educational Luncheon and Monday Night Meeting scheduled for April 6th. We are also canceling the Field Landmen Seminar on April 23rd and the Fishing Tournament on May 1st as they all fall in the 8 week period. We understand the value of these events and the opportunities they provide, but at this time, feel it is best to reschedule for the fall. We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation and will inform everyone if the Golf Tournament on May 18th will be affected.
We appreciate your patience and understanding through these tough times.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact myself or other Board Members.
Jerrod Hardegree, RPL
MARCH PRESIDENT'S LETTER
The Spring season is officially in full force and the warmer weather trends have been a much-welcomed change from last month! March also means spring break, NCAA Basketball, St. Patty’s Day, and the dreaded “spring forward” daylight savings time change (which I am still trying to recover from). This month is not only chalked full of Holiday plans and sports extravaganzas, but it also marks the beginning of OCAPL’s event ramp-up. We have several key events coming up that will provide plenty of opportunities for both networking as well as company promotions through sponsorship. If you haven’t yet, I encourage each of you to renew your 2020 membership and invite others who are currently not members, to join. Both sponsorship and dues are key components in ensuring these events happen and the benefits are well worth the cost of each.
The Educational Luncheon, as well as the Monday Night meeting this month both, had great turnouts. We had the chance to not only meet the current AAPL President, Jay Beavers, III but also recognize our past presidents of OCAPL. Many thanks to Roberto Seda and Jay Beavers, III for taking the time to share your presentations.
Be sure to sign up for next month’s Educational Luncheon when we host Meredith Wegener, Director of Energy Programs at Oklahoma City University, and her presentation on “Constitutionality of Natural Gas Bans”. Also, mark your calendars for the Monday Night Social when C. Renzi Stone, chairman, and CEO of Saxum will speak. Both events will be held Monday, April 6th and reservations are due Friday, April 3rd at noon.
Also approaching is the Spring Field Landman Seminar which will be held Thursday, April 23rd at Belmar Golf Club, Norman, OK. Presentations will be given by Benjamin Brown ATTY, Charney Brown, LLC, and J. David Hampton, Hampton & Milligan PLLC. You can make your reservation on the AAPL website (www.landman.org) which is found under the “Calendar & Events” dropdown menu.
As a reminder, don’t forget to save the date for the Fishing Tournament, scheduled May 1st and 2nd at Lake Texoma and the ever so popular OCAPL golf tournament May 18th at Oak Tree Country Club and Oak Tree National.
As a final thought, we all know the industry had a stagnant start to 2020. The more recent decline, linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Saudi Arabian/Russian game of chicken, has put even more pressure on oil prices. As a result, a large majority of our fellow Landmen are only working part-time and many have lost their job altogether. Although we are no strangers to the ups and downs of the Oil and Gas business, it never seems to make times like these easier. Considering the uncertainty of the economic environment over the next few months, I wanted to encourage those who are searching for work to leave no stone unturned. Networking is key to this business but there are also other avenues to consider when searching for your next project. AAPL has a job board under their “Connect” dashboard which can be found at www.landman.org/resources/job-board and several other websites, such as glassdoor.com, indeed.com, and linkedin.com. These are all great places to check for job postings. Work may only be available week to week or month to month for a little while, but opportunities always seem to appear during a crisis. During times like this, with assets being bought and sold, there is often curative and clean-up title to be done along with due diligence that is always needed.
As Landmen, we have a much-needed skillset, diligent work ethic, and overall passion for the industry. Stay positive, be persistent and persevere.
I hope to see everyone at the next Luncheon and Monday Night meeting.
Jerrod R. Hardegree, President.