Constitution as amended
June 25, 2006
Bylaws as amended
April 22, 2012
Constitution and Bylaws
Bylaws GO TO CONSTITUTION
Article I. MEMBERSHIP
Membership in this Association shall consist of the following classifications:
Unless otherwise expressly provided in these Bylaws, the term "member" shall refer only to Members, as that term is used in classification “a” of Section 1 of this Article 1. Only members may hold office, vote in Association affairs, sponsor membership applications, or refer to themselves as members of the Association.
Any person engaged in the practice or teaching of geology may apply for membership as a Member, provided the applicant holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctor’s Degree in geological science, including, but not limited to, geology, geophysics, earth science, geological engineering or environmental geoscience, from a college of acceptable academic standards and, in addition, has had a minimum of one (1) year of experience in the practice or teaching of geological science. The Executive Committee may waive degree requirements if in its judgement an applicant has adequate professional experience and has attained standing in the profession.
When Members in good standing in the Association, with all dues paid to date, become sixty-five (65) years of age and have been members of the Association (regardless of classification) for a total of thirty (30) years including time spent in military service, those members shall be designated Emeritus Members of this Association upon advising the Executive Director of the Association of their sixty-fifth (65th) birthday, and by requesting such designation. Thereafter the emeritusi Members shall pay fifty percent (50%) of the amount of dues for Members and shall be entitled to all privileges and advantages of membership as a Member in this Association.
Honorary Members shall be those Members of this Association who shall have contributed distinguished service to the cause of petroleum geology. Such designation shall be made by the Executive Committee. A recipient of the Sidney Powers Memorial Medal Award shall become automatically an Honorary Member. Members designated as Honorary Members shall not be required to pay dues, but shall have all the privileges and advantages of membership as a Member in the Association.
Any student majoring in geology or in a field of study related to or generally associated with geology at a college of acceptable academic standards may apply for Student membership. Student membership shall terminate twenty-four (24) months after termination of academic enrollment.
Any person not qualified for any other class of membership who is a graduate of a college of acceptable academic standards whose employment is associated with geological science, may apply for election as an Associate. The Executive Committee may waive degree requirements, if in its judgement an applicant has adequate professional experience, and has attained professional standing.
Every candidate for admission as a Member shall submit a formal application on an application form authorized by the Executive Committee, signed by the applicant, and endorsed by not less than three (3) individuals, at least two (2) of whom are members who are in good standing, stating the applicant’s training and experience and such other facts as the Executive Committee shall from time to time prescribe. The Executive Committee shall be the sole judge of the eligibility of the applicant for membership and the adequacy of the applicant’s qualifications; provided, however, that the Executive Committee may not waive the endorsement or professional experience requirements set out in this Article I for applicants for admission as Members. If the Executive Committee after due consideration, judges that the applicant’s qualifications meet the requirements of the Constitution and these Bylaws, the committee shall cause to be published in the Bulletin or by other suitable means, the applicant’s name and the names of the sponsors. If, after sixty (60) days have elapsed since such publication, no reason is presented why the applicant should not be admitted, the applicant shall be deemed eligible to Member or Associate membership, as the case may be, and shall be notified of election to membership.
An objection to the admission to membership of an applicant must be submitted by a Member of the Association, must be in writing, must be received by the Executive Director at the Association's headquarters within sixty (60) days after publication of the applicant's name, must include a full statement of the circumstances on which the objection is based, and must be signed by the member raising the objection. If, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, the objection has merit, the Executive Committee shall reconsider the application.
Any member of whatever classification may resign at any time from the Association; such resignation shall be in writing and shall be accepted by the Executive Committee.
Any member of whatever classification who resigns, or who forfeits membership for non-payment of dues, or who is expelled for ethical reasons ceases to have any rights in the Association and ceases to incur further indebtedness to the Association.
Any person who has ceased to be a member of whatever classification who has resigned or who has forfeited membership for nonpayment of dues may be reinstated by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee upon fulfillment of such requirements as may be established by the Executive Committee. Any person who has been expelled from membership for ethical reasons may be reinstated as provided for in Article XI, Section 7 of these Bylaws.