OK-NARO recently held its annual convention in Tulsa. It was a well-attended convention with members from both in and out of state. Although the oil and gas industry is still struggling, the general atmosphere among the attendees was one of optimism. The recent upward trend in the oil and gas markets seemed to have everyone looking to the future.
If you weren’t able to attend you missed a great set of speakers that addressed a number of relevant topics in the oil and gas industry. I had many conventioneers tell me they gained very useful information to take back home with them.
Additionally, we thank Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. for taking time from their busy schedules to give the key note addresses at our noon luncheons. We appreciate their insight in to how this industry affects our great state
I want to personally thank my convention committee and in particular David Sikes for chairing. I also want to thank Cynthia Simmonds and the national office staff as their efforts produced a great convention even though our industry has been in a lull this past year. They made my job very easy.
So, what does the coming year hold for OK NARO? With the help of my board, I want to start the pursuit of getting more of our younger mineral owners involved. I want them to not only be members of NARO, but to also become involved in the leadership of our organization.
Don’t misunderstand me, I’ve been greatly blessed to serve and to continue to serve with great board members and we are not ready to be put out to pasture just yet; however, we all realize that we need a surge of younger members to keep NARO and OK NARO strong into the future.
I would also like to engage you as the members of NARO to let me know of any ideas that you may have to spur the involvement of the next generation. Feel free to contact the national office and they will see that all mail, emails and calls are forwarded to me.
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” Will Rogers. Wishing all of you the best until next month.