chapter of the Desk and Derrick Club had their inaugural dinner meeting on April
18, 1951. It was there that Marjorie Brady was elected the first
President. In July of the same year, the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs
of North America was formed. Shortly after this, on March 7, 1952, the Edmonton
Desk and Derrick Club was affiliated, becoming the first in
The purpose of
the association is "to promote the education and professional development
of individuals employed in or affiliated with the petroleum, energy and allied
industries, and to enhance and foster a positive image to the global community
by promoting the contribution of the petroleum, energy and allied industries
through education by using all resources available."
"Greater Knowledge, Greater Service" was adopted as the motto of ADDC.
Education has been provided for members through field trips and speakers, ranging from company
CEOs to oil well firefighters. The first field trip of
the first Canadian affiliate was appropriately to a drilling rig in Devon. This
was in 1951, four years after the now famous Leduc No. 1 discovery. In 1962, Edmonton hosted
their regional meeting. Region VII is the only region to date that has
affiliates both north and south of the 49th parallel.