The past ninety years have seen many changes to our industry and city; and the Mid-Continent Section was and is an integral part of that history. Ours is the first section established in 1917 under the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers whose primary focus was petroleum production. Today, the Mid-Continent Section is comprised of approximately 800 members. Luncheon technical sessions, continuing education courses, golf and sporting clays tournaments, philanthropy and more provide wonderful opportunities for our members to better their technical knowledge, to network with other petroleum industry professionals, and to give back to the community.

From its earliest days as a boomtown, Tulsa with the oil industry has braved hardships and celebrated high times; oil and gas built Tulsa and continues to shape the city even today. Many independents, both large and small, call Tulsa and the surrounding area home. Technological advances allow these companies to thrive and remain at the heart of the local economy. Through new technology, much of which is propagated by SPE, engineers and professionals continually improve recovery efficiencies and therefore petroleum supplies. With oil prices approaching $115 per barrel and demand increasing worldwide, the Society of Petroleum Engineers is more important now more than ever.

We celebrate the best technology, the best education, and the best community. Petroleum engineers and geologist use the best technology to explore and to produce oil and natural gas. The University of Tulsa is one a select few universities that provide the best education preparing the next generation of engineers for technical excellence and leadership. SPE is the best community for fellowship amongst petroleum professionals.

To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the Executive Committee of the Mid-Continent Section has authorized a "90 for 90" campaign. Simply put, we are making 30 scholarships worth $3000 each available to students majoring in the sciences at Oklahoma universities and colleges. As SPE demographic studies show, the number of younger people entering our industry will not keep up with the number retiring. For that reason, scholarships are the main focus of the Mid-Continent Section's philanthropy. This year's record setting fundraising affords the section the opportunity to aid college students and high school seniors in their quest to become engineers and scientists. The "90 for 90" campaign-one thousand dollars for every year of our existence-is our way of giving back.

Congratulations to the Mid-Continent Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers on their 90th Anniversary.