Oilmen celebrate with their spouses

The Fort St. John Petroleum Association held their elections last week, that included – for the first time ever – invitations extended to the oilmen’s “better halves.”

The evening at the Lido Theatre provided members and their guests with food and entertainment in the form of Dueling Pianos.

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“Usually in the December meeting we get a pretty poor turnout for elections, so we thought we would spruce it up a little bit, bring the spouses out,” said President Sean Thomas.

He said that with their New Year's party being cancelled a few years ago due to a lack of interest, the board thought that they’d go in a different direction this year.

“We thought we’d do this and have kind of like a Christmas party, something different,” he said.

“It was an awesome idea that they came up with to involve the spouses,” said Gord Westergaard, who has been a member for 10 years, and took a position as a director that evening. “The Oilmen’s Association is basically a social club, good fellowship, and they made an event to bring the wives and turn it into kind of a Christmas party. I thought it was a good idea.”

But the fun didn’t start until business was concluded, and although they cut most of the business they conduct during their monthly meetings short, half of the executives’ terms were up.

That meant elections, or, in last night’s case, acclamations.

The organization’s executives cycle through on two-year terms, with elections held each year to provide some overlap. This year the position of president, treasurer and four directors were up for grabs. The board won’t look all that different coming into 2015, however, as all men let their names stand and were unchallenged for another term with the exception of two directors, Lorne Little and Shayne Tulloch. They made way for two new ones, Gord Westergaard and Clayton Lingal, both of whom were acclaimed to the positions.

“I’m always excited to get new guys on there,” said Thomas. “It just brings a different perspective, a different thought process, someone different to bounce ideas off of.”

While Thomas said a turnout of nearly 50 members was good for a December meeting, Westergaard said that he’d like to see that number increase. “It’s a little disappointing, considering that we have 600 members in FSJ,” he said. He said he planned on working on that issue during his term.”


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