Annual Report 2012: FY July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012
Membership Recruitment Committee
The goal of this committee is to build and strengthen AAPG by increasing membership. Overseeing the Reward and Recognition Program, support of local society’s activities and recruitment efforts, joining together fellow professionals dedicated to the geology profession, expanding the Association and fostering professional development.
Current Membership Metrics
As of June 30, 2012 our full membership stands at 35,103 members, an increase of 0.5% over close of business last year and the most members since 1989, having reversed a precipitous decline with its nadir in 2005. This news should be cause for celebration, however further analysis shows that the numbers of active members (“Members” as now defined by our recently amended Bylaws) continues to decline at increasing rates. Non-voting members (Associates and Students, 19,629) outnumber Members (15,478) by a small percentage; this is concerning because students have a much higher drop rate.
The Year in Review
Simplification in the membership classification was approved by the House of Delegates at the annual meeting in Long Beach in April. As these changes are implemented it is intended that the application process will be easier and simpler. Already the on-line application process has been streamlined to facilitate sponsorship and this has speeded up the procedure significantly. Publication of new applicants is now on the AAPG website easily accessible to all from the home page.
With considerable focus on the House of Delegates this year as they wrestled with membership classification amendments, they were also exhorted by the chair of the House, as well as the chair of this committee to enlist in an army of recruiters, each one actively soliciting applications from eligible geologists for membership. This effort will continue.
Goals for 2013
We shall diligently pursue every petroleum related geologist to include our organization as their partner from graduation to retirement and beyond. We shall also assure our relevance to our existing members, associates and students, facilitating their advancement to member status.
Valary Schulz, Chair
Committee members: Mayowa Afe, Adekunle Adesida, David Blanchard, Martha Lou Broussard, Bob Cowdery, Christi Gell, Don Lewis, and Sigrunn Johnsen