Dear OCGS Members,

We held our annual society meeting virtually along with our November technical luncheon, on November 18th. For those that were not able to make the meeting,here is a recap of our society over the last year. First and foremost, we tried something new in 2020 with the Centennial Sponsorship program. The program is designed to provide supporting companies and individuals access to our social and continuing education events, as well as advertising in the Shale Shaker and at those events. We have several great sponsors this year, and I would like to say, “Thank You” to each of them: Echo Energy, Devon Energy, Mid Continent Well Logging Services, Crawley Petroleum, Impac Exploration Services, Chesapeake Energy, GeoMark, Datalog Geological Services, Toledo Mudlogging, GVerse GeoGraphix, PetroDE, Mallory Zelawski, and Dick Howell.

As you all know, the COVID 19 pandemic has provided several challenges and road blocks for us in 2020. Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel all but one of our continuing education courses. Additionally, we went to a virtual luncheon series, canceled the Holiday Party, and ultimately the Golf Tournament. The later was due to both the pandemic and the historic ice storm we had at the end of October. I believe we made the right decision when we canceled these events. However, it still was a difficult decision. The purpose of our society is to provide you with quality continuing education along with social opportunities to build your professional network.

Membership was our other challenge for 2020 and continues to be a challenge year over year. Growing our membership has proven to be difficult as we have seen area companies shrink, merge, and go out of business. Additionally, we are seeing some of our experienced members retire, and we are not attracting as many members that are early in their career. In 2020, we saw our membership shrink by about 9%. I don’t want to paint the picture that the society membership numbers are an urgent issue. We still have about 500 members in the society. However, we do need to continue to work on attracting and retaining new members.

Our finances are in good health in 2020.  We are projecting a yearend gross income of $120,616 and expenses of $87,979.  This will result in approximately a net income of $32,600. Our net income was lower than projected, but so were our expenses. This is a direct result of canceling the continuing education courses, in person luncheons, and the Golf Tournament due to COOVID 19. The surplus money from 2020 will be carried over into 2021, and it will be used to provide the sponsor benefits we were not able to provide this year, along with hosting continuing education and social events. 

I am looking forward to 2021 and getting the COVID pandemic behind us. The 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Geological Society will be celebrated on April 1st of 2021. I am looking forward to that milestone and preparing the society for another 100 years of success. If you have any questions about the health of the society or would like to be involved in 2021, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Patrick Kamann