About Us

Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs
and the
Desk and Derrick Club of San Angelo

The national Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs (ADDC) and the Desk and Derrick Club of San Angelo (DDCSA) have long and rich histories.

It began with the establishment of a Club in New Orleans in 1949, followed by clubs in Mississippi, California and Texas. Articles of Association were drafted in January 1951 and on July 23, 1951, the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs of North America (“of North America” was later dropped from the name) was formed with signing of the Articles of Association by the Presidents of the New Orleans, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Los Angeles, California; and Houston, Texas Clubs.

The name “Desk and Derrick” was selected to illustrate the flow of information from the derrick, representing the technical, scientific and mechanical phases of the industry, to the desk, representing the transfer and communication of the facts, knowledge and products generated from the derrick.

The ADDC is divided into seven regions in the United States of America and Canada with a total of 59 Clubs.

The DDCSA was organized in March 1953 with a charter membership of 32 individuals, and it received its Affiliation Certificate with the national ADDC in August 1953. It meets every month, and nine meetings a year are directly related to the energy industry.

Paralleling the fortunes of the petroleum industry, the ADDC has grown in stature and value as it adapts to the changing times. It has continuously broadened educational opportunities for employees of the petroleum, energy and allied industries and offered leadership skills training.

Thousands of hours of education have been provided for members through monthly programs: speakers ranging from company CEO’s to oil well fire fighters; field trips to offshore drilling rigs, refineries, manufacturing plants, nuclear facilities; and geological excursions.  Special study courses, seminars and workshops have provided opportunities for members to keep pace with the changes and technical advances taking place in the industry today.  And, personal growth opportunities include ADDC conventions, Regional meetings, Town Hall meetings, President’s meetings, Board meetings, committee meetings, orientations, installations and many more. Each member receives a quarterly magazine called The Desk and Derrick Journal.

The ADDC establishes and maintains an office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To read detailed information about the ADDC and its complete history, go to www.addc.org.

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