A club continues
“Oil Men and Women for a Day” at the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 15, 1958.
Tulsa high school seniors, representing various schools, at Tulsa Desk and Derrick Club’s “Oil Men and Women for a Day” in 1958
Courtesy Tulsa Desk and Derrick Club
Approximately 350 Tulsa high school seniors attended the Tulsa Desk and Derrick Club’s annual fundraiser, “Oil Men and Women for a Day,” at the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 15, 1958. The luncheon started in 1952 to highlight Oil Progress Week, which gave students a glimpse into careers in the petroleum industry.
Dee Jansen, current Tulsa Desk and Derrick vice president, says the club was established as the Tulsa Oil Women’s Association in 1951 with 147 charter members. The group dissolved and merged with the national Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs and was renamed a year later with a few hundred members.
In 1976, membership grew to 300; today 53 members, now men and women who work in the oil and gas and related industries, meet monthly at the Summit Club to put into practice the club’s motto: “Greater Knowledge — Greater Service.”
“The purpose is education,” Jansen says, “utilizing guest speakers, field trips, seminars, networking, state and national conventions. We award scholarships to students pursuing degrees in oil and gas and allied industries.”