Mayor Del Jurney presents Desk and Derrick Club president Robbie Powell a proclamation declaring March as Desk and Derrick Awareness Month, Tuesday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Members of Roswell’s Desk and Derrick Club were treated to a mayoral proclamation celebrating 61 years of service Tuesday.
Roswell Mayor Del Jurney proclaimed March 2013 as Desk and Derrick Month for the club, whose 36 members are employed in or affiliated with the petroleum, energy and allied industries.
“I have a real admiration of what oil and gas industry (does) for this community,” Jurney told members at their monthly luncheon. “I want to say thank you for what you do and why you do it.”
Jurney spoke about his appreciation of the industry’s contribution to Roswell and the region.
“Oil and gas in southeast New Mexico creates a generosity that is second to none,” he said. “It’s a creator jobs, creator of growth and a creator of prosperity. It provides careers and financial stability for those who position themselves for the ups and downs this industry generates.”
The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association estimates the industry paid $153.7 million to local governments last year.
“(The oil and gas industry has) always been there to enhance the quality of life for the communities they serve,” Jurney said.
The Roswell community reaps the benefits of these funds by using them in several ways, he said. In the past, this included helping the Boys & Girls Club, the Cielo Grande Soccer Complex, a new softball complex next to the Wool Bowl, curb and gutter improvements in some neighborhoods and a sewer extension.
These improvements allow the city to maximize other assets and position itself for future success, he said. The funds are important for Roswell’s quality of life.
In the future, Jurney said Roswell hopes to open its doors for future aviation and manufacturing opportunities.