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Class XXIX Session on Energy/Graduation in Bartlesville
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Class XXIX Session on Energy/Graduation in Bartlesville

Class XXIX was in Bartlesville on April 29-30 for their session on Energy/Graduation. The goals of this session were to provide an overview of Oklahoma’s energy industry – its history and future; explore current issues in the energy industry and the impact these are having on the state and create a meaningful and memorable graduation experience.

Read reflections on the session from four Class XXIX members and view a few photos from the session. Click HERE to view more on Facebook!

Leadership Oklahoma has been a journey, well worth the effort, and I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s class, the best class ever, Forever XXIX. I was particularly impressed by the work of the staff and committees, and with each community’s ability to “roll out the red carpet” for us. The optional activities and scheduled programming were well planned and appealing. Each experience, from the barge ride at the Port of Catoosa to the escorted military convoy at Fort Sill, was unique and interesting.

As a non-native Oklahoman, I appreciate the depth of Leadership Oklahoma and the life-long connections it can foster. The chance to explore the successes and challenges of our state through dialogue with a cross section of people from various regions and backgrounds provided new insights and perspectives to the entire class. The additional value in developing relationships with classmates and committee members is priceless.

Our last session in Bartlesville was exemplary of the entire program; this community’s hospitality was evident as soon as we arrived. The private reception at Woolaroc, reserved access to the museum for a scavenger hunt and dinner on the stage at the Bartlesville Community Center were all memorable events. Now, as graduates of Leadership Oklahoma, I look forward to continuing new friendships and connections with LOK while working together to build and strengthen our state. Yay, LOK!

Stephanie Cameron, Class XXIX
Community Affairs Director
APSCO Manufacturing
State Director
OK2Grow & Dream It Do It Oklahoma

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. J. Paul Getty

Nowhere is Oklahoma’s pioneer spirit more embodied than in Bartlesville where Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry was born. In 1897, two early rising, hard-working wildcatters arrived in Oklahoma and had the great fortune to observe oil scum on Sand Creek. Yes, this sounds remarkably similar to Jed Clampett’s discovery of oil in the Beverly Hillbillies! Leases were obtained, drilling commenced, and the Nellie Johnstone Well came “gushing” in forever putting Bartlesville on the map.

For class members who knew little or nothing about the oil industry, we were treated with an overview from drilling and producing a barrel of crude oil to its final use in making, among other things, frisbees. Experts from downstream, midstream and upstream operations simplified the entire process so we novices could better understand an industry which so defines our state.

Bartlesville is synonymous with the phrase “oil baron” having been home to many a tycoon. H.V. Foster, J. Paul Getty, H.L. Dougherty, H.C. Price and, perhaps, most renown, Frank Phillips all got their start in Bartlesville. These benefactors have left their imprint not only on Bartlesville’s economy but on its culture. Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper, the Price Tower, is an architectural wonder. Frank Phillip’s Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (named for the woods, lakes and rocks) is famous for its wildlife and extensive western art collection. Not to be outdone, H.V. Foster’s La Quinta Mansion is the centerpiece of the magnificent Oklahoma Wesleyan University campus.

Perhaps the most memorable part of the session was a statement made on our final day by Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Dr. Piper commented that we should all seek to find the truth after hearing the opinions of others. It is, after all, the truth and not opinions that matter. This thought summed up my entire year’s experience. We have for months now been listening to opinions and information provided on a variety of subjects. We now are to take this information and discover the truth. Thank you LOK and Class XXIX for a wonderful year!

Patricia G. Parrish, Class XXIX
Oklahoma County District Judge

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