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IN 2010 October 2010 Volume 59 Issue 10
…from the 2010 ADDC Convention and what an awesome trip it was. Although
Leslie and I got trapped in an elevator with just a few (six) of our closest D & D
friends, it turned out to be an awesome trip.
The field trips were amazing. We first headed to the Galveston area and toured the
OceanStar offshore rig museum. It was a former operating rig that they made into a
museum when they retired it. Then we were off to NASA and toured the museum
there and took a tour of the Space Center campus. It was pretty amazing seeing
Mission Control and also seeing the Saturn rocket which was used on the Apollo
Inside This Issue The seminars were equally great. We learned so much about the BP spill that we
had not learned before. We also learned a lot about the approximate time and what
all was involved in the recovery of the Gulf. It’s amazing how much information is
1 misconstrued by the media. We also learned what affect the aftermath of the spill is
Michelle’s Musings having on the operations of other offshore companies and also the affects of the
Region V Director’s Letter 2 Once again the foundation also provided members with an extremely educational
symposium. We discussed current legislative efforts, sound pollution offshore, the
incident in the Gulf, among others.
ADDC President’s Letter 3 Be sure to tell Natalie congratulations! Natalie won two AIMEEs for Best Industry
Article for her series on oil turning 150 and also Best Small Bulletin for the Energy
Bits! See you next week! Be sure to be there because we need a quorum to elect our
In The Know 4 officers for 2011!
Slate of Officers 2011 5
Lunch Bytes 6
Houston Memories! 7
“We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace
Birthdays / Editor Notes 8 and hope for all mankind.” – Eugene Cernan (Apollo 17 and the last man
on the moon)
Don’t forget about our Field Trip
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2
2061 Paramount $10 Adults
6:00 Social 6:30 Dinner Contact Eva Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Region V Director
Region V Director
Dear Region V Members,
At the writing of this letter we are making our final preparations to attend the 59 th
Annual ADDC Convention in Houston. Make sure you read next month’s letter
for all the exciting details of this event. In the “not so far away future” Convention
will be held in St. Louis, MO in 2011 hosted by Region II, and in 2012 Region VI
will host Convention in Oklahoma City, OK. Remember, starting this year
Convention is the shorter four day schedule. Hopefully this shorter schedule will
allow more of you to attend these informative and important events.
Convention takes a lot of planning, organizing, and preparation; I would like to
thank Patricia Cook, 2010 Convention General Arrangements Chairman, and all
the Region IV members who helped make this event possible.
The end of 2010 will be here before we know it and it’s not too early to start
putting together your packets for contest. I have witnessed, first hand, the talent
of the Region V Club members in their programs, seminars and articles. Let’s try
to have an entry from each Region V Club in every category – if we don’t enter –
we cant’ win.
The coming of fall brings many things that I love. Cooler crisp mornings, the
changing of Mother Nature’s colors, and the Football Season. Now football
certainly has its shining stars, just as Desk and Derrick does, but as we all know,
stars don’t make the team – the team makes the stars. This is the perfect time to
reflect on what you want to gain from Desk and Derrick. Are you satisfied with
sitting in the stands cheering on the active members, or are you ready to jump in
the game? Whether on your Club level, the Regional level, or the ADDC level –
how far you want to go is up to you. Let’s all take an active roll on our 2011
Region V Director Elect’s team (Diana Walker’s team) and volunteer. Contact
Diana when she returns from Convention; she will no doubt have some
Committee slots that need a star player – can’t it be you?
Until next month with all the exciting play by play reviews of Desk and Derrick’s
Greetings ADDC Members!
My, where has the summer gone? Summer is now past and the temperatures
are starting to fall. In fact, the leaves are beginning to fall and apples are being
picked already. Just as we jumped from winter to summer, it seems like we are
going to jump from summer to late fall.
Donna Siburt As I am writing this letter, the finishing touches are being pulled together for
ADDC President convention to begin. The 59th annual convention will start in just a few days. We
have 283 registrants and we are so excited to start seeing everyone come
through the front door of the hotel where you will see the welcome banner above
email@example.com the registration desk (compliments of the hotel). I have to say the hotel is as
excited as we are. I came in on Friday and met with the heads of the different
hotel departments to go over the details for the week and they are ready to start
the wheels in motion. The field trips are ready to roll, the seminars are ready to
begin and we are ready to get down to business. There will be so much to do in
a short time, but I know we are up to the challenge and we are ready to get
things done. If you are not able to attend convention this year, we will miss you!
I will fill you in on all the details next month.
As we prepare to vote on the Association officers for 2011, remember it‘s also
time for nominating and voting for officers within your club also. Have you served
on a committee before? Volunteer for one. Whether it’s on the club level or
association level, this is a great place to start venturing outside your comfort
zone. Have you been an officer in your club? What better way to learn the
workings of your club and help to move your club to new heights.
You all have great ideas and suggestions. Speak up and let your thoughts be
I want to give you an update on the website. The format is in place and Finer
Design is populating the various areas of the website, so we are getting closer to
seeing a new and exciting format on the web. I will keep you informed as to
when we will see the new design.
Be sure to continue to CONNECT, COMMUNICATE and COLLABORATE.
Until next month……. Donna
In The Know…
From the Wellhead
Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association
The fight to defend hydraulic fracturing has only begun and it is deadly serious.
The propaganda alleging pollution of drinking water supplies is getting more
widespread and well-coordinated. And the more the oil and gas haters get this
bogus claim into the media, the more the American public believes it.
Myth: Hydraulic fracturing pollutes the water supply.
Fact: Hydraulic fracturing takes place thousands of feet -- even miles -- below
the fresh water table. The industry has been fracing wells for more than 60 years
in the Panhandle and there has never been even one case of frac fluids escaping
the target formation, flowing upward thousands of feet and into the water table
(which is a few hundred feet below ground level). It has never happened. By law
and under state supervision in each producing state, the fresh water zones are
protected by steel casing and sealed with cement. This is responsible
Please share this fact with anyone that will listen. People, even right here in the
Panhandle, have come to believe the lies about fracing. It is not poisoning the
environment and we absolutely must protect our right to complete wells with
hydraulic fracturing. It's up to all of us to fight for our industry.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Clark’s article was taken from his letter to PPROA membership, recently
appearing in the PPROA Pipeline, October 2010. Thanks to Mr. Wayne Hughes for permission to
reprint it here. For more information about the history of fracs, see my article in last month’s
Members Stepping UP!
Meet your slate of officers for 2011.
President – Kaye House
Vice President – Sandra Jenkins
Treasurer – Linda Sherrill
Secretary – Susan Barnes
Board Member – Mikki Huguley
Past President – Michelle Jenkins
Please express your appreciation to these Amarillo D&D
members for their willingness to serve our club in 2011.
We will be having our business meeting next month. For those of you that signed
up for a committee or are currently holding an office, please bring (in triplicate)
your reports for the position you held. All you need to do is describe what your
position entails and important information for items that occurred during the year.
We will vote on 2011 officers at the meeting and have a convention report as
Hope to see you there.
The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers has a lot of
information discussed at convention on the website,
especially under the government relations section.
information regarding the BP oil spill and it's effect on the gulf.
Editor’s Note: If there is a site you’d like to recommend to D&D members, let me know and I’ll post it in
the next Energy Bits.
Thanks to Michelle and Leslie for representing our Club at ADDC 2010
Claudia Deupree – Oct. 2nd
Beatrice Gamble – Oct. 2nd
Marjorie Spencer – Oct. 28th
Members have a standing reservation for meetings.
If you cannot attend, please contact Michelle Jenkins [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The best things in life are nearest;
Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of
right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it
comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.”
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
About Our Organization
Desk and Derrick Club of Amarillo was chartered in 1952 by a group of women for the purpose of promoting educational
and professional development among the women employed in the petroleum industry. For more than 50 years Desk and
Derrick has maintained its status as a major contributor of energy education through informative programs, onsite field
trips, and conferences. Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs is a non-profit international organization.
Our Motto: Greater Knowledge, Greater Service
Mission Statement: To enhance and foster a positive image to the global community by promoting the contribution of the
petroleum, energy and allied industries through education, by using all resources available.
Club Purpose: The purpose of the Club shall be to promote the education and professional development of the individuals
employed in or affiliated with the petroleum and energy allied industries.
Energy Bits is the official monthly publication of the Desk and Derrick Club of Amarillo. The articles appearing in this
newsletter are the opinions of the author and do not represent the policies or beliefs of the organization.
Editor: Natalie Bright, 806-655-4046