you ever ridden a roller coaster? This is how I feel my experience
as Chairman-Elect and now Chairman of the House of Delegates is
shaping up. My sense of what it is like is that Chairman-Elect is
like climbing that first hill. It is long and has a certain degree
of anticipation. Then July 1 rolled around - WHAT A RUSH! The ride
is certainly not uneventful, but with Ed, Sandi, Donna Riggs, other
AAPG staff, Rick Fritz and a host of well qualified and dedicated
committee chairmen and members as participants, it sure promises
to be memorable. It is almost hard to believe I'm two months into
my term as your Chairman at this writing.
committees and three ad hoc committees for this year are now all
up and running. A listing of all of the chairmen and members appears
elsewhere in this issue. I have had personal contact, either by
phone or e-mail, with every one of these people. What makes this
job fun is the fact that of all that whole long list of committee
members, I had only two turndowns from the original selections.
Everyone is busy; everyone has more than enough to do, but still
is willing to take on some additional responsibility for the House
and Association. Even those two who had to turn me down -- well,
if I were in their shoes, Id have turned me down too, there
is only so much any of us can take on.
promises to be a busy one leading right up to and most certainly
including our meeting in Denver. New developments in communications
efforts with the Delegates will be a big help in getting everyone
up to speed on the issues and keeping you informed of any updates.
By the time you receive this issue of the DV, members will be able
to look up their Delegates on the AAPG website and there will be
a fully operational Delegates Forum online (more about that
from Sandi) to provide further assistance to the already high quality
newsletter in disseminating information. I will have already attended
the Rocky Mountain and Eastern section meetings as you read this
and am anticipating the opportunity to meet and discuss House issues
and concerns with more of you at the GCAGS meeting.
The Constitution & Bylaws Committee will have a busy year. First of all, there
are the five resolutions passed in New Orleans: Bylaws Amending
Time Period Equivalency Amendment, Legality Requirement Elimination
Amend ment, Election Results Release Amendment, Eliminate suitable Amendment, and International Region Delegate Election Clarification
Amendment. So far, there are also three Bylaws Resolutions for
consideration: A super majority vote requirement by
the Executive Committee in order to change the order of or reject
any officer candidate nominee as presented by the Advisory Council;
restriction of members from holding multiple AAPG positions or offices;
and allowing alternates for selected Advisory Council members. There
is also a resolution for a Constitutional Amendment known as COCBAP
3 (history included on page 1) for consideration as well. These
are the known items for consideration to date.
The Rules & Procedures Committee is no less busy. From New Orleans, they
have the following to consider: No HOD Honors and Awards Committee
member shall receive a voted HOD award during the period of their
service to that Committee; no individual shall be allowed to receive
more than one House award in any one year; incorporation of a disaffiliation authority and process within the Rules and Procedures as a part
of the Resolutions Committee responsibilities; and nine (9)
separate recommendations for consideration from the Ad Hoc Procedures (aka Operations) Committee report. In addition, there will be consideration
for incorporation of a resolution notification procedure already
passed by the Executive Committee for the cooperative effort of
the Executive Committee, Advisory Council and House of Delegates.
There may be one additional item for consideration by this committee
I havent lost you having to read through all this rather dry
legislative commentary, how are we going to get through all of this,
this year? The House leadership is committed to keeping you, the
Delegates and alternates, informed on the issues. The House committees
will not only be encouraged, but expected, to assist in apprising
you of their activities and deliberations on the issues. This information
will be disseminated through every means available whether that
is by direct mailings, The Delegates' Voice, online through
the AAPG website, Delegates Forum, articles in the Explorer,
and even through e-mail, as appropriate and if deemed necessary.
make every effort to keep you informed. But, it will be the obligation
of you, the Delegates and alternates, to read this information.
Through this cooperative effort, all of us can serve the best interests
of the membership who have placed their trust in us as well as fulfilling
our obligation to one another that the Denver meeting stays on the
issues and on task so that our meeting isnt a marathon.
I want to encourage you to be in touch, not only with the issues,
but also with your House leadership. Contact information for the
various committee chairmen is provided in this issue of The Delegates'
Voice. Sandi, Ed and I can all be contacted as well. I encourage
you to contact me with your questions and comments either by e-mail
by phone at 210/478-6856, or snail-mail at 15611 Cloud Top, San
Antonio, TX 78248-1350, USA
Delegate Voting Habits
not my intention to offend any of my fellow Delegates, but we took
a survey recently (The Super Majority Issue found in
your last Delegates Voice) and the voting response
of Delegates was 75 of 268, or only 28%. Although this was a valid
survey and the other officers of the House of Delegates said it
was about what they expected based on historical voting habits,
I thought this voting percentage was rather low.
Delegates represent the AAPG members from our districts around the
world. To that end, I feel that they should be better represented
by our votes, whether at the House of Delegates meeting at the annual
convention each year or on a survey issue that could ultimately
affect all of AAPG.
thought ... isnt it really our responsibility to vote?
you can see, this will be another busy year. The House committees
are formed (see article House of Delegates
2000-2001), and they are already at work. As editor of
The Delegates' Voice (DV), I get a glimpse of all
House activities and have the pleasure of making sure you hear
of them in this publication. I am also pleased to summarize the
current efforts concerning House communications:
year will have 3 issues, including this one. The January issue
will include more about the COCBAP resolution and the biographies
of the House officer candidates. The deadline
for submissions will be November 8.
April issue will contain the committee reports and other pertinent
information for the June House meeting in Denver. We intend
to increase the time that Delegates have to study and to discuss
issues prior to the meeting. Therefore the deadline
for this issue will be in March. The House meeting will
be followed shortly by an August 2001 DV issue.
of the DV are posted on the AAPG website in PDF
format (Website News). Delegates outside the USA
and Canada who provide valid e-mail addresses will also receive
issues in digital format, thus assuring prompt receipt of important
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promised in the June issue, a forum has been created to facilitate communications between the Delegates
(see the Web Site News for the
details). Through the forum, Delegates can discuss issues and
receive speedy notifications from the House leadership and committees.
This may become an important means of House communications.
note that access to the forum is limited to the Delegates only.
The forum needs to develop and to stabilize before viewing by
non-Delegates. Later it may be opened to browsing only
by non-Delegates. However participation in discussions is limited
to Delegates and past House Chairmen only.
the Ad Hoc Visions Committee (see This
Year's Ad Hoc Committees) will be investigating other
means of communications. Among its charges is to look for, and
report on, cost-effective methods that would increase discussions
among geographically distributed Delegates. Please forward any
suggestions you have to me at sbarber<at>pdq.net.
contacting Delegates over the past two months, we have found
that the information in the AAPG Headquarters database is not
always current. We need your current mailing address, phone
number, and most especially your e-mail address. This information
can be forwarded to Donna
Riggs or at AAPG, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74101-0979,
you are located outside of the USA and Canada, inform me whether
you can receive attachments to your e-mail, particularly PDF
files. We are sending the DV electronically to those
who might have difficulty receiving it promptly by mail. Therefore,
it would ease our (read my) work if we can attach
the issue as a PDF file. Otherwise, my work is increased by
cutting and pasting all articles into an e-mail, versus just
attaching the file.
the House is working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness
of communications within the House and out to the members. We
appreciate your suggestions and participation.
of Delegates Officer Candidates 2001-2002 TOP
Nominations and Elections Committee presents the following slate
of House officer candidates for the 2001-2002 term, listed in
alphabetical order. Their biographies will be in the January
issue of The Delegates' Voice. The election will occur at the
June meeting of the House of Dele gates in Denver.
Clarke, Long Beach, California
Terry Hollrah, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Hewitt, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Brian Keith, Bloomington, Indiana
In this issue ...
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