Commentary: Giving thanks

James Roller (Provided)

James Roller (Provided)

Oklahoma energy is much more than producing from our state’s resources. It’s a broader reach into our community. During this time of year, Oklahoma energy companies from across the state chip in, step up and work to make a lasting difference in the broader Oklahoma community.

Here at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, we recently completed our annual Future Leaders Christmas party where the next generation of oil and gas leadership has shown they understand the value of community and giving back. This one evening collected almost $5,000 to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. This is just one example of the Oklahoma energy community giving back.

Here in the season of giving, it’s more apparent than ever that Oklahoma energy companies are reaching out to support their communities across the state. From east to west and north to south, Oklahoma energy is making a difference.

Some collect warm clothing to give jackets and gloves to those who need that support through cold winter months. Other companies  focus on toy collection so no child goes through these months without joy. Even further, many lend support by mentoring local children and preparing meals for those less fortunate. It’s part of who we are as Oklahomans to give back.

Oklahoma’s energy leadership in our community is seen through the positions we hold among local city councils, school boards, rotary clubs and charitable campaigns. Our community leadership generates millions of personal and corporate dollars to local charity. As we dig deeper into their level of impact, we see that the oil and gas industry formed 16 of the 25 largest charitable foundations in Oklahoma.

Looking at state foundations, oil and gas professionals created the state’s three largest foundations and 10 of the top 15. There is no doubt that Oklahoma’s energy leadership puts its money where its heart is.

During these months, there are many things for us to be thankful for. As we gather with our families, friends and faiths to celebrate our  blessings, we also can be thankful for Oklahoma energy. In Oklahoma, energy companies help build a stronger economy through job creation, income growth and overall wealth generation. We count our blessings for plentiful energy deposits and low-cost energy resources that we will use to cook our food and warm our homes.

We also thank Oklahoma energy leadership for chipping in, stepping up and working to make a difference in this community. As we celebrate previous achievements and look back at 2014 for our goal-setting into 2015, let’s take a moment to appreciate the blessings of Oklahoma energy in our state.

James Roller is the vice president of legislative affairs for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He is a native of Clinton and an Oklahoma State University graduate.

James Roller

This article was written by an Oklahoma Gazette contributor. To reach an editor, please email jchancellor@okgazette.com with this story's headline in your subject line.

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