Letter From President

Dear Members,

Three quarters of the year has passed since I became President of the Society and I am a bit tardy writing this letter, so I appreciate your grace!  If you don’t know me, I have over thirty years of experience working primarily unconventional plays in the Lower 48 with some additional experience overseas.  I began my career in Denver in 1990 with Amoco and seven years later trained as a Petrophysicist at Amoco’s Tulsa Technology Center, OK.  This is where I came to love working with the lab and how I came back to Oklahoma a decade later, but this time to Oklahoma City with Chesapeake Energy.  I have lived here for over a decade now and have come to love our people, our city, and our geology.   Oklahoma’s basins continue to provide ample opportunities to practice our trade and alongside this, the OCGS continues to deliver ways to stay current through technical luncheons and short courses and provides valuable networking opportunities through social events like the golf tournament, shrimp boil, and clay shoots.  We hope these events still interest you and that this year you’ll try some new things alongside us, like the joint Happy Hour we hosted with the GSOC and SPWLA last spring by Scissortail Park (keep an eye out for another this Fall). 

One thing I like about reading letters like this is that they often capture snapshots in time.  This point in time is extraordinary as we learn to deal with our day-to-day realities post-Covid: the additional health scares like monkey pox, the war in Ukraine, the environment and the forever changing domestic and global energy landscape, along with growing concerns surrounding energy security.  It feels as though everything is urgent, important, and scary in many aspects of our lives at the same time.  During these uncertain times I really appreciate my OCGS membership because it gives me opportunities that are within my control to improve both technically and professionally beyond my “career.”  The OCGS is committed to help people progress and enjoy their profession and we hope your membership enhances your career.

Now here’s my ask: please participate!  We miss you!  Please support your society not only by maintaining your membership, but also by coming to events and by volunteering.  The Board and its volunteers remain steadfast in their mission to organize and provide learning events and social activities and we need your feedback.  Toward that end, we will be surveying the membership this Fall.  Please help us then by providing your honest feedback so we may continue to provide learning and social activities that reflect our members’ needs and wishes.   

I hope this letter finds you and yours well.


Lesley Evans