Vice President's Letter

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the Holiday season is here once again! This means another noteworthy year in the books for our local chapter, but the fun isn’t over just yet!

The OCAPL Christmas party will be at the Skirvin Hotel downtown on Monday, December 2nd. Parking will be available at the Santa Fe Parking Garage as well as $9 valet in front of the hotel. The Community Affairs Committee is currently selling raffle tickets and sponsorships are still available. In true OCAPL fashion, all proceeds from the raffle will benefit Pivot (formerly Youth Services) and the Good Shepherd Clinic. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or making a sponsorship commitment, please email Elle Portwood at

Also, if you haven’t registered for the event, space is limited so please RSVP at

As many of you know, Monday, November 4th was awards night which always yields one of the larger turnouts for the year.  This event is particularly special as it lends the opportunity to recognize our peers for service not only to OCAPL but the industry as a whole.  I would personally like to congratulate Larry Coshow as the recipient of the 2019 Landman of the Year award, Bryan Hennigan, for receiving the William Majors Distinguished Service award and Jack Richards for his nomination of the Lifetime Achievement award.  These individuals are incredible leaders in our organization and have truly gone above and beyond. In addition to these awards, the ceremony gave concession to several committee members who have also provided countless hours throughout 2019 to make each OCAPL event successful.  Our awards night also confirmed a new addition to the board for next year. I would like to extend congratulations and a warm welcome to Sam McCurdy as the incoming 2020 Secretary.  Sam has done an outstanding job of leading the Entertainment Committee for several years and is an excellent choice for this position.  There is no doubt in my mind he will continue to push OCAPL to new heights.

During the conclusion of the Awards/Nomination ceremony, I was extremely honored to be a part of the traditional “passing of the gavel” from our current president, Jeff Brooks.  I have known Jeff for several years and have experienced his hard work and leadership firsthand.  I want to extend my gratitude to you for helping make OCAPL the best local chapter in the country.  

As the incoming President for 2020, there is one final thought I would like to share with my fellow members.  

Although the industry seems a bit more stagnant than usual for this time of year and our current outlook lends no structural forecast to its ebb and flow, it is important for us as an Organization to stay positive and encourage one another, through the good times and the bad. For some, this is your first experience with a downturn, and for others, this is all too familiar. Unfortunately, we cannot change the price of oil or the cyclical nature of the beast, but we can continue to fight for each other and sharpen our tools by advancing education and taking advantage of opportunities to grow your network. Rest assured my friends, there are many stand-up volunteers and leaders within this organization who will work countless hours to provide these resources to you. 

 I am extremely humbled and look forward to continuing to serve such a great organization in 2020.


Jerrod Hardegree