of the House of Delegates
from House of Delegates History 1970-1995, George R. Gibson and
Herbert G. Davis, editors (minor editing by Pat Gratton)
the early history of the House of Delegates was gleaned from Ed
Turner’s well-documented “History of the American Association of
Petroleum Geologists, 1965-1991.” As early as the 1960s, there was
a need for a legislative branch which would allow Affiliated Societies
a stronger voice in AAPG affairs and this became one of the rallying
points for reorganizing the constitution.
formed in 1964, under George V. Cohee, prepared a revised constitution.
Another committee, a year later, headed by W.P. Moran, advanced
a few steps further toward that goal. This committee, in 1968, was
replaced by a “Presidents’ Committee,” composed of Frank B. Conselman,
Ben Carsey and Michel T. Halbouty. Under this committee, a new constitution
was proposed, in which a powerful House of Delegates was instituted,
which has final authority on most major items of legislation, except
constitutional amendments. House Delegates are elected by AAPG members
in local US Affiliated Societies and International Regions. The
number of representatives for each Society or Region is fixed by
a prorated scale based on the total number of AAPG members within
the Society or Region’s area.
in his History of AAPG, made the comment: “With a strong Executive
Committee, Advisory Council and House of Delegates in place and
working, it is difficult to realize that just a few years ago important
business would wind its way through the Executive Committee and
Business Committee to an Annual Business Meeting held on the last
day of the Annual AAPG Convention. These votes cast by the remaining
AAPG conventioneers determined the final decisions. This ridiculously
outdated system plumbed its nadir at the San Francisco Convention
in 1962, when only twelve members were on hand for the meeting.
It was not long after, that studies were initiated which led to
the corrective measures embodied in the new Constitution.”
Committee was convened on Sunday, 9:00 A.M., April 13, 1969, in
Dallas, Texas. John A. Taylor, Chairman, presided. Present were
133 committee members, of which 89 were District Representatives
and 44 were Alternates. This was 75.38% of the total membership
of the Business Committee and was a clear indication of what a Sunday
meeting could do to increase attendance.
Conselman, Chairman of the Constitution Revision Committee, presented
a report recommending the approval of the proposed revised Constitution
and Bylaws as published in the January 1969 Bulletin. One item important
to the House of Delegates was enlargement of the Executive Committee,
by adding the Chairman of the House of Delegates. He also commented
that the legislative authority is proposed to be concentrated in
the House of Delegates (counterpart of the then current Business
Committee), because of the expressed desire of District Representatives
for legislative authority.
founding of AAPG in 1917 to 1969, business of the organization was
run from Tulsa, elected by the AAPG members from a one slate ticket
of nominees. While this was very efficient when the Association
was in its infancy, it became obsolete when the number of members
increased. This type of management was governing from-the-top-down.
This led to amending the Constitution, so that the governing could
be from-the-bottom-up; in other words, government by the members
You Aware That
are over 75 different societies and regions worldwide that are
represented in the House of Delegates.
are 26 international societies and regions represented in the
(35) of the societies and regions are represented by only one
delegate (and therefore have less than 106 Active AAPG members).
(11) are represented by two delegates
largest single delegation (Houston) has more delegates than the
total of the next three largest (Rocky Mountain, Calgary, and
40% of the delegates have mailing addresses in Texas. These delegates
represent 14 societies, two of them international (Germany and
Trinidad and Tobago).
17 delegates with Louisiana addresses represent 5 societies, one
of which is Netherlands.
14 delegates in California represent 5 societies, one of which
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Donald Dean Clarke
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> Honors and Awards
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> Rules and Procedures
> Deadlines for 2000-2001 HOD Business
> Mid-year House Leadership Meeting
> Birth of the House of Delegates
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