Brenda Cunningham, Chair
time for you, the Delegates, to submit nominations for the year
2001 House of Delegates Honors and Awards! Our committee eagerly
awaits your nominees for the following awards:
Certificate of Merit --Presented yearly to the outgoing
Chairman of the House of Delegates and any other officers chosen
to be so recognized at the end of their term of office.
Long Service Award --Presented in recognition of persons
who have served as Delegate for a minimum of four terms, and have,
in addition, taken an active role in the affairs of the House.
Member of the House --Presented in recognition of the unique
or exemplary service to the House through committee work. Chairing
of committees and service as an officer will be considered, but
Member of the House --The highest award of the House, presented
at the annual meeting in recognition of a record of consistent,
dedicated, and exemplary service to the House of Delegates through
committee work and officer service (not required).
submit nominees and the appropriate supporting documentation no
later than February 15, 2001 to Brenda Cunningham at
b-k-c<at>home.com, or 2000 Neely Avenue, Midland, TX 79705-7451.
You are encouraged to contact any of the committee members if you
have questions. More information may be found on the AAPG website
under the House of Delegates Rules and Procedures.
of this term’s Honors and Awards Committee are:
Texas Geological Society
Larry Jones, Chair
Rules and Procedures Committee has been asked to finalize recommended
changes and additions to the existing rules and procedures by several
committees and HOD officers for presentation in Denver:
As the result of experiences in its first year of total operation,
the Honors and Awards Committee has proposed two additions to its
b. A “disaffiliation” authority and process for inactive affiliated
societies is being evaluated at the request of the Resolutions Committee.
c. The work of the Ad Hoc Procedures Committee in their Report of April
16, 2000 requires certain additions to the R & P and these individual
points are being considered.
The committee is exploring the need for new language relative to
HOD committee appointments and tenure.
the recommendation of the R&P Committee that the following changes
and additions be incorporated in Section III, A. 1. g.:
Delete: "New awards may be established as follows":
with: "rules and Procedures for granting awards":
No HOD Honors and Awards Committee member shall receive an HOD award
while serving on that committee.
AAPG member shall receive more than one House award in any one year.
A member being voted two or more such awards in the same year shall
retain the highest award and relinquish the lower one(s). The award
ranking shall be 1) Honorary Member, 2) Distinguished Member, and
3) Long Service. This will not preclude that member from receiving
one or more of the other awards at a later time.
Will Green, Chair
the New Business portion of the HOD meeting in New Orleans a motion
passed to create an ad hoc committee to report on the need for AAPG
to have an independent financial, personnel and staff audit every
five years. Chairman Lischer appointed Will Green (Chairman), Ed
Picou (AAPG Treasurer), Terry Hollrah (AAPG immediate past Treasurer)
and AAPG candidates for president-elect, Dave Campbell and Dan Smith,
to this committee.
has found that AAPG has had annual financial audits for many years
as a good business practice and to protect its non-profit status
with the IRS. The Executive Committee contracted for an independent
audit of staff and personnel in 1994, and three years ago retained
a personnel consultant for a period of time.
hoc committee has addressed specific questions, which will be answered
in the final report, which will be published in The Delegates’ Voice prior to the annual meeting. Any delegate wishing to comment
is welcome to send an e-mail to wgreen<at>midland.cc.tx.us.
Marty Hewitt, Chair
Resolutions Committee is charged with making recommendations concerning
all advance petitions, resolutions or motions offered by Delegates,
Affiliated Societies and Regions or by charge from the Chairman
of the House.
time of submission of this report, there have been no requests from
geological organizations for either affiliation or association with
2000 meeting of the HOD in New Orleans, the Resolutions Committee
under the leadership of Valary Schulz, made a procedural recommendation
comprised of a series of steps to deal with Affiliated Societies
that have become inactive. The concern was fýr members of the Association
who have no voice in the business of the House. Additionally, when
new members in those geographic areas apply for membership in AAPG,
there is no one available to perform the “Delegate check.” Consequently,
applicants are being accepted for membership based on the information
in their application, with no peer review process. The straw vote
taken on this recommendation was approved unanimously and now resides
with the Rules and Procedures Committee for formal incorporation
in the Rules and Procedures of the House. The 2000--2001 Resolutions
Committee continues to monitor Affiliated Societies that have become
inactive either by failing to elect a Delegate or failing to have
Delegate representation at the Annual Meeting.
item this year that the Resolutions Committee has been charged to
review by Chairman Lischer is the current demographics of the HOD,
specifically with respect to potential cyclic problems in populating
the various standing committees of the House. This becomes especially
important when assigning Delegates to committees that require staggered
of the data as provided by AAPG Headquarters is as follows:
have 251 Delegates with 77 in their first year, 85 in their second
year and 89 in their third year. A total of 32 Delegates in their
first year have served multiple terms, 24 in their second year have
served multiple terms with 36 in their third year serving greater
than one term. The committee felt that it was important to look
at multiple terms to get a feel for experience.
to the HOD Rules and Procedures, a total of between 43 and 47 Delegates
are required to serve on House standing committees (depending on
how many committee members the Secretary/Editor requires for the
Newsletter Committee). Of these, 18 positions (Rules & Procedures,
>onstitution & Bylaws, Resolutions, Future of Earth Scientistý)
require 2 year terms. Ideally, the Delegates to populate these Committees
will come from those starting their second year. A review of the
data suggests that there are certainly enough Delegates to fill
these Committees and enough “experienced” Deleüates with greater
than one term’s service who have a feel for the business of the
House who could fill the Chair’s role. The Resolutions Committee
feels that it is critical to make an effort to include several first
year Delegates on committees thereby affording an opportunity for
natural leaders to come forward and for first year Delegates to
become familiar with the operations of the House.
line is that we feel the pool of available and experienced Delegates
is more than adequate and will not present a cyclic problem in populating
standing committees. Please feel free to contact any of the committee
members, listed below, with comments or questions related to this
report and the business of the Resolutions Committee.
Rocky Mountain Section
Stewart Chuber, Chair
previous years, the House of Delegates will hold their annual meeting
at the national convention, this year in Denver, on Sunday, June
3, 2001, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. and scheduled until business
is finished or 3:00 p.m., whichever comes first. Registration for
the group, which may total 240, will begin at 7:00 a.m. when delegates
can check in with the Credentials Committee, and pick up some juice,
a hot cup of coffee and a snack while talking with friends. Any
member of AAPG who is not a Delegate is welcome to attend the HOD
annual meeting, but he must sit outside (usually behind) the delegate
voting area while the meeting is in session.
the Credentials committee are this year’s House of Delegates officer
candidates: for Chairman, Don Clarke from Long Beach, CA, and Terry
Hollrah from Oklahoma City, and for Secretary-Editor Marty Hewitt
from Calgary and Brian Keith from Bloomington, IN. Delegates will
meet the officer candidates when they register.
are urged to attend the year 2001 HOD meeting. Any Alternates should
be designated and made known to Donna
Riggs at AAPG Tulsa Headquarters by April 1 in order to be certified.
She may be contacted at 1-800-364-2274.
forward to seeing you in Denver to conduct the important business
Officer Candidates for House of Delegates
Terry Hollrah --Mid-Continent Section / Don Clarke -- Pacific Section
Martin Hewitt -- Canadian Region / Brian Keith -- Eastern Section
This concludes my report.
Deborah K. Sacrey
of Earth Scientists return
Don Lewis, Chair
Lischer has charged the Future of Earth Scientists Committee (FoES)
with looking at the employment situation for earth scientists. His
charge to the committee is two-fold:
the next year or two, what do hiring trends look like? Where will
the ,obs be, geographically and professionally?
is the long-term potential for new and alternative applications
of the earth sciences?
of information is the American Geological Institute surveys, including
an employment survey currently being distributed. Other data sources
are scattered. If any delegate knows of statistical data, particularly
outside the United States, providing contact information or references
to Don Lewis or to any committee member would be appreciated.
members are Mike Clegg, Rick Ericksen, John Kaldi, Brian Keith,
Don Lewis (chair), and Steve Sonnenberg.