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A Message from a Club President

Hello! After 15 years in the office supply industry, I made a leap and changed my focus to the energy industry. I have worked at Marathon Petroleum in Findlay, Ohio for two years. It was quite an adjustment joining a corporation with almost 2,000 employees in one building. The Buckeye Desk and Derrick Club was something I had heard about from a co-worker and I finally got the courage to go to a lunch and learn. I didn’t know much about the organization, but I knew that I wanted to know more about Marathon and the industry I was now working for. Natalie McClelland was the first member I had contact with. She was amazing and supportive. That then led to contact with Candi Miller and Diane Wittler who were also very supportive and encouraging of my joining their club. I honestly didn’t know what I was in for. I thought I was just going to learn more about our company. Little did I know less than a year later, I would be getting on a plane for the very first time to Lafayette for Convention. It was scary and exciting all at the same time. I only knew three women. When I first walked into the lobby of the hotel, so many people were there to welcome old and new friends. I remember calling my mom that evening and telling her that it was like being at a high school reunion. After the field trips, evening ice breakers, business meetings and banquet, I realized it was not a high school reunion…it was a family reunion. The men and women I met throughout Convention were so welcoming and full of knowledge of every aspect of the industry. I came back with such a sense of what ADDC is really all about. I became more involved in my own club. I decided to join the board and am the current Club President. I have gotten to meet the other members of our local club and encourage new members to join. Everyone that I have come into contact with because of ADDC is a blessing. Since taking my first flight, I have traveled all over the United States and have a trip planned to go to Europe next summer. In my personal experience, ADDC is so much more than learning about the energy industry. It is an organization designed to help people develop professionally and personally. I look forward to many more years of growing with this organization and encourage others to join. It truly is an organization I am proud to be a member of!

— Carrie Harmon, 2017 Buckeye Club President, Region I