The OOGA held its annual Summer Meeting at the Zanesville County Club on August 7-8 with more than 325 attendees. The event opened with a breakfast business session, which provided a legislative review focusing on the State’s recent raids of oil and gas well funds to fix state budget holes.
Once the rain passed on Monday afternoon the sun shined bright for the rest of the event allowing all attendees to enjoy the beautiful venues for golf, shooting and fishing. This year recreational catch and release fishing was added as a new sporting event. Luburgh Inc. hosted the OOGA for fishing at its beautiful private pond, stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill.
In the evening event goers met back at Zanesville Country Club for the annual Oilfield Patriot Award dinner, sponsored by Producers Services Corporation. It was a very special event, as brothers Frank and Doug Gonzalez were presented with the 2017 Oilfield Patriot Award, the first duo to ever receive the award. They were honored for their long-time advocacy on behalf of the industry, which has included working with state legislators and getting involved within the Ohio Oil and Gas Association since the late 1980s. The co-owners of GonzOil based in Canton and have been successful independent oil and gas producers in Ohio for nearly three decades. Following the ceremony, OOGA hosted a new welcome networking reception at Zanesville Country Club that was well attended.
The Association would like to thank everyone whose attendance and participation in the 2017 Summer Meeting contributed to its success. Finally, a big thank you to ALL of our sponsors including our premier sponsors: Ergon Oil Purchasing, Inc. and Ergon Trucking, Inc., Antero Resources and American Refining Group, Inc. We look forward to seeing you at our next OOGA event—the Technical Conference and Oilfield Expo, being held on November 1-2, 2017 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio.
The second day kicked off with golfers participating in a relaxed recreational golf scramble at Zanesville Country Club while another group of golfers participated in competitive stroke play at The Virtues Golf Club (formerly Longaberger). Additionally, shooters met at Briar Rabbit Shooting Spots for the Ken Miller Supply Clay Shoot. Afternoon activities at the Zanesville Country Club included a corn hole competition and putting contest. As the event drew to a close during the Dinner and Awards Presentation Shawn Bennett and Jim Aslanides presented the sporting competitions awards and door prize packages.