TULSA — Tom McCasland Jr. became the eight member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association’s Wildcatter Hall of Honor during a ceremony held recently at Tulsa’s Mayo Hotel.

McCasland’s induction into the hall was the highlight of the OIPA’s Wildcatters Gala.

“We’ve been blessed with leaders in our industry,” award presenter and fellow Hall of Honor member Mike Cantrell said. “People who have quietly given back to this industry, their community and the state. Tom McCasland is one of those leaders.”

An independent producer from Duncan, McCasland has been an OIPA member since the association’s inception in 1955, and has been a member of the Wildcatters Club since 1984. He has also served as the Oklahoma director for the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

“This means a lot to me,” McCasland said after receiving his award. “This is the first oil industry honor I’ve received, and I really appreciate it.”

Recognized by the OIPA for his continued support to the organization, McCasland is no stranger to civic recognition.

He serves as trustee and chairman of the McCasland Foundation, Duncan’s largest foundation that is ranked 19th in the state by the Oklahoma Foundation DataBook. He spearheaded the construction of Duncan’s Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and commissioned the “On The Chisholm Trail” statue. McCasland also conceived and helped organize the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, a philanthropic organization designed to give smaller cities and towns a way to develop endowment funds.

“I think the industry and I think the OIPA are made up of great people,” McCasland said.  “I feel rewarded and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”

The Wildcatters Hall of Honor distinction is presented to OIPA members who have distinguished themselves over a long period of involvement in supporting independent producer issues and candidates through the association’s political action effort.

J.M. “Jack” Graves was the inaugural member of the Hall of Honor, inducted on Feb. 14, 1997. Other Wildcatter Hall of Honor inductees include R. Harlan Krumme, Harrison Townes, G. Carl Hale, Richard Bogert, Kent Harrell and Mike “Bubba” Cantrell.

Members of the Wildcatters Club, which was introduced at in the mid-1970s, have been some of the strongest supporters of the OIPA’s political fund-raising efforts for almost three decades. The Wildcatters Club serves as the primary fund-raiser for OKIEpac, the association’s political action committee and the predominant energy industry political action committee

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