Chairman’s Message

Hello, API Members!
Another month has gone by and we are seeing some improvements in the oil industry and in our ability to get back into the world. Last month I expressed hope that we would be able to meet in June, and it looks like that hope has been answered. We are planning to have our June dinner meeting at 1933 Prohibition Center on June 16, 2020 with social hour starting at 6:00 PM. If you are able to attend, please sign up online here: Sign up for June API meeting. This had typically been our scholarship night meeting, but because we were unsure of the ability to hold a large meeting, we have moved the scholarship awards dinner to July 21, 2020. We want to have a regular meeting in June now that it appears we will be seeing improvements in the social distancing orders. Because of the uncertainty of when we would be able to meet, we do not have a dinner speaker this month, but we will be open for public commentary on what is going on in the industry. It will be a sort of town hall session for our members. If you have information you wish to share with our members, please contact me at mhandren@yahoo.com in advance of the meeting. We will also have door prizes and a super raffle prize drawing, so please join us if you can.

We are seeing a rebound in oil price since last month and an improving economy, but we have a long way to go to get out of the pandemic-caused economic shut down. Today I saw that there were two and a half million jobs added back in May. That followed twelve million job losses in April, which resulted in forty million people being unemployed in the United States, so we are still a long way from where we were at the start of the year. It is going to take some time to get back to where we need to be. I hope that we can get there sooner rather than later. In the meantime, come and join us and network with your industry friends at our meeting.

We at the SJV Chapter of API are optimistic and still have some events planned for you. As you probably know, we have rescheduled our annual golf tournament for August 7, 2020 and have our fingers crossed that we will be able to get together and do this event in August. Everybody that signed up for the golf tournament that was scheduled for May, is still signed up for the August rescheduled event.

We still have our Fall Fun Shoot scheduled for October 2, 2020 and have the entry forms out right now. You can sign up for that event on our website here: 2020 Fall Fun Shoot. It may seem a little early to be planning on another event, but we are planning on it and hope that many of you will be able to sign up and join us for this fun event.

I realize that hope, in and of itself, is not a plan, but without hope, we become hopeless. So, let us never lose hope in ourselves and our industry and our country. We will be back.

I love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to call or email your comments or suggestions to (661) 330-0423, mhandren@yahoo.com, or apibakersfieldchapter@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you all at the June General Meeting!

Mike Handren
2020 API Chairman