June and my last issue of Chairman's corner. It was certainly a
great year for the House with significant accomplishments and a
few firsts. The meeting of the House in New Orleans was one of the
best examples of democracy in action that we have had in the AAPG.
I would like to thank each of you that attended the meeting for
the efficient way that each of you discussed the issues and observed
the time limits imposed for the meeting.
legislative changes to our Bylaws that will make the elected Editor
election a two-person race once again and they will serve one three-year
term. We also decided that the House would not support the changes
to the Advisory Council nomination process that would have changed
the roles of both the Advisory Council and the Executive Committee
in how we would have selected our future officers. Although the
majority of the House was in favor of the changes to the nomination
process, the necessary 2/3rds vote of the members remained elusive
and the motion failed.
my favorite memories of the New Orleans convention was the first
presentation of Awards to the most distinguished members of the
House. Pat Gratton's Honorary Member of the House, Dan Smith and
Brenda Cunningham's Distinguished Members of the House and Chuck
Noll and Tony Grindrod's Long Service Awards show that the House
has come of age in the AAPG. Each of these individuals have served
the House over many years and our recognition of them was well deserved.
our first's of the year. The mid-year meeting of the House that
included each of the chairmen of standing and ad-hoc committees,
your officers, and the last three HOD Chairmen was a great step
forward. Having our own representation on the Advisory Council was
also a significant change that we voted on last year. And, finally
our meeting this year included a short break for a quick snack just
before noon, that many of the Delegates said was a nice change and
do we go from here? Your incoming Chairman Lowell Lischer and his
officers, Ed Dolly and Sandi Barber, will take over the running
of the House on July 1, 2000 and I know that they will do an excellent
job. Best of luck to each of them.
to finally thank a few people. Deborah Sacrey had done an outstanding
job getting our Delegates' Voice out on time and within budget.
Lowell Lischer, my Chairman-Elect, helped me when ever I called
and I'm truly thankful. Donna Riggs and Vicki Beighle, in the Membership
Dept. at AAPG HQ have kept me in line the entire year which is no
easy task and finally to you, the Delegates, thank you for the opportunity
to serve each of you as your Chairman. It was a great year!
all, I want to thank both John Hogg and Deborah Sacrey for their
outstanding service this year to the House of Delegates. It has
been a real pleasure having the opportunity to work with both of
these dedicated members of the AAPG and House of Delegates.
I am looking
forward to the coming year and working with Ed Dolly and Sandi Barber
in a continuation to give the HOD quality, considerate and forward-thinking
leadership. Based on the outcome of the New Orleans meeting, we
have a busy year before us. I will save my comments for the next
edition of The Delegates' Voice to more appropriately outline
the issues to be addressed by next year's House.
you will be continuing to serve in the House on your current terms.
Others of you will be standing for re-election to new terms as Delegates.
I shall look forward to working with and for all of you as well.
For those of you who will be departing, having fulfilled your obligation
to the HOD, thank you for a job well done. It hasn't been easy or
necessarily fun, but what has been accomplished during your term
was a necessary process for advancement of the AAPG.
of Delegates is an integral part of the process of defining and
refining what the AAPG is and how it may best serve the membership.
That is our charge. Given this responsibility, it is necessary to
offer opinions, take stands on positions, and debate issues in order
to arrive at the best solutions. It is entirely appropriate and
healthy for us to have differing opinions. While the issue may be
controversial, it is not a necessary part of the process to be confrontational.
Each of us is responsible for our own conduct towards our fellow
Delegates and other AAPG leadership. Let us agree therefore that
in the coming year we will strive to face up to our responsibilities,
conduct ourselves professionally and give the membership the service
has been included in this issue of The Delegates' Voice.
Please take the time to fill it out and return it. The survey is
regarding a resolution passed from the floor of the House as new
business during the New Orleans meeting. Originally, the resolution
called for a "supermajority" vote by the Executive Committee (further
explanation on the survey form). The survey is intended to establish
what the HOD will consider as being a "supermajority." Your input
now will assist in getting this resolution refined by the Constitution
and Bylaws Committee and brought forward for consideration by the
full House in Denver as is required. Your help therefore can greatly
speed up the process of consideration. So, thank you in advance
for your input.
each of you will feel free to contact me at any time with your concerns,
questions, or input relative to the matters to come before the HOD.
You may reach me at my office at (210) 479-6856 or by e-mail at
is my last issue of The Delegates' Voice I would like to
take the opportunity to thank everyone involved for his or her
assistance. John and Lowell were particularly good in getting
their information to me in a timely fashion. All the committee
chair reports were prompt and DIGITAL! And, of course, AAPG did
an outstanding job of printing and distribution!
This year has seen some significant changes in the DV, most
noticeably a new format, which I believe Sandi is going to continue
in some fashion. This year was the starting point of sending the
contents of the DV in a digital format to our international
delegation as well. Donna Riggs has been great at keeping me up
to date on addresses and such. With the exception of ONE article,
everything has been sent to me in a digital format, which means
very little typing on my part! And last, but not least, posting
the DV on the AAPG website
Included in this issue are the comments and citations about the
three awardees of the first HOD awards to be given at AAPG's Honors
and Awards Ceremony in New Orleans. While Pat, Dan and Brenda are
most deserving of their honors, we did give out two Long Service
Awards at the HOD meeting as well! These awardees are Chuck Noll
from Houston, Texas and Tony Grindrod from Great Britain, and deserve
mention for their long association with the House of Delegates.
I would like to congratulate Ed Dolly and Sandi Barber for their
election to officer positions in the House. They will find, like
I have, that there is much to learn, and a lot of fun to be had
working with all the other volunteers. It has been a very rewarding
experience for me, and I look forward to continuing activities within
Before closing, I would like to list a few more comments from the
questionnaire sent out at the beginning of the year:
Cisar, foreman for the Houston Geological Society
delegation reported that the HGS, part of the Gulf Coast
Section, has 59 delegates. They meet nine times per year
(excluding December, July and August), and while they
don't have scheduled formal presentations - their group
is vocal enough to compensate for lack of speakers (Boy!
Can I testify to that one….).
Don Clarke, from the Los Angeles Basin Geological
Society, says there are four delegates from their group.
They all get together at the monthly LABGS meetings to discuss
HOD issues. They feel the Delegates' Voice is a good source
of information - and often share its contents with the general
Gerald Harrington is the lone delegate from the Roswell
Geological Society, part of the Southwest Section. He gets
his information about HOD matters from the mail, through
faxes and e-mail, and gives verbal reports back at the nine-plus
lunches and dinners the RGS has throughout the year.
Lee Avary, from the Appalachian Geological Society
(Eastern Section), is also the lone delegate of her group.
Her request is to see a complete list of Delegates on the
AAPG Website (Lee, I think it's coming - if not already
there), as it is difficult to determine if the names in
the Bulletin are current ones. She likes the DV as a source
of information, and in her words, "it's also easier to carry
around than the Explorer".
Betsy Campen reported that there are only two delegates
from the Montana Geological Society (Rocky Mountain Section).
While the Delegates' Voice is important, she wants to see
more detailed explanations of the issues in the Explorer,
as "this is really the only place in which the membership
is exposed to the issues". She too, likes the idea of receiving
the DV digitally ('nuff said).
you to each of the delegations responding to my questionnaire
this past year. I received 32 responses, four of which were from
international delegates. I have tried to take a good representation
of each of the Sections (but I only had one response from the
Mid-Continent) and International Regions. I hope we have learned
a little bit more about each other through this exercise!
Finally, this past year it has been an honor for me to serve as
an officer of the House. I have met some truly wonderful people
in this "job" and would be hard-pressed to think of a better place
for my "volunteer hours" within AAPG. I know Sandi will do an excellent
job this next year.
I look forward to seeing all of you in Denver!