we are coming down to the wire. The annual meeting of the House
in Denver on June 3 looms ahead of us. Thanks to a very strong effort
by dedicated committee members under the leadership of some great
committee chairs, we will be ready for a full slate of matters to
This issue of The Delegates’ Voice contains most of the final
committee reports, as they will be presented. There are a few exceptions
where only interim reports are presented herein. However, ALL of
the reports will appear on the HOD
Forum by the time you receive this mailing (and given some of
the mail service, probably well in advance of that). Additional
copies of the DV, the C&BL insert from the April issue of The
Explorer, and any other final reports will be available at the
The meeting will be a full one. Out of necessity, I cannot set a
time limit for the committee chairmen. I will ask that since all
of their reports will have been published and published repeatedly,
that their presentations be kept as brief and to the point as possible.
For the delegates, having all of the information on all of the matters
for discussion available to you, come prepared with your remarks.
I will ask that you hold your remarks to two minutes or less. My
commitment to you is to keep the meeting on task so we can all get
out of there as soon as possible. To accomplish that necessitates
a commitment from all of you as well.
I will have a very brief report myself at the House meeting. It
will be a summary of where we have been and those areas we simply
could not get to this year. Hopefully, the later matters can be
passed to the capable hands of next year’s House leadership. However,
at this point in time, I have not included a draft report in this
issue. With over two months remaining even before the meeting, there
is yet much to be done.
This being my last issue of The Delegates’ Voice as Chairman,
I want to thank Ed and Sandi for all of their hard work and cooperation
this year. It has been a pleasure to work with them. To all the
committee chairmen, thank you for your diligence and leadership.
To the committee members, thank you for your commitment to the House
and your thoughtful input. To all you as delegates, thank you for
your commitment to service and dedication to representing the interests
of our membership. And thanks also to Donna Riggs and so many of
the staff at AAPG Headquarters who help keep every HOD chairman
on course each year. Thanks to the other members of the Executive
Committee and Advisory Council this year for making my charge easier.
It has been a pleasure to work with everyone. We’ve had a great
But for now, I am still on the job. If I can be of assistance, provide
clarification on an issue, or help to address a concern, please
let me know. You can reach me at LKLischer<at>worldnet.att.net,
phone (210) 479-6856, fax (210) 479-9156 or regular mail, 15611
Cloud Top, San Antonio, TX 78248-1350.
House of Delegates’ mid-year meeting was held in February at the
Annual AAPG Days Leadership Conference in Tulsa. The meeting was
productive and nearly every committee is prepared to present its
report at the annual meeting. The committees have worked diligently
to develop proposed legislation for the betterment of the AAPG.
You delegates will be voting on these proposals on June 3rd in Denver.
As you have read elsewhere in this issue of The Delegates’ Voice,
in The Explorer, and on the House
of Delegates Forum , the committee reports
are (or soon will be) available for your review in preparation for
the annual meeting. Please consider them carefully and come to
Denver prepared! We’ll be able to accomplish far more in our
scheduled meeting time if each of you is familiar in advance with
the business at hand and the choices to be made.
At the Leadership Conference, the House of Delegates was prominently
represented. Current and past delegates numbered over half of those
in attendance. Following reports by the AAPG Executive Director,
the EC, AC, DEG, DPA, EMD, committees and international regions,
the program turned to well-defined breakout sessions directed to
explore the theme of membership enhancement. Topics discussed were
membership retention, international memberships, dues structure,
career development, education and training, publications, and the
digital frontier. It is clear that the focus of the AAPG and its
staff is membership, membership, membership - what more can we do
to attract new members and retain current members? The efforts of
the HOD in conjunction with all the other entities of AAPG are essential
to continue to ensure that new members of all classifications are
properly brought into the organization.
New business for the HOD next year will most certainly include membership
and membership-related matters such as review qualifications and
ethical standards, as well as House quorum clarification and ways
in which the HOD might assist the Advisory Council in long range
planning, to name just a few possibilities.
See you in June.
Delegates’ Voice, the last of the 2000-2001 term, contains
the agenda and all the committee reports for the June 3 House of
Delegates annual meeting in Denver. It has been a longtime goal
to have this information provided to the delegates early enough
to enable consideration and discussion of the issues. Therefore,
the deadline for this issue was set for two months prior to the
meeting, the same as for publication of Constitution and Bylaws
Prior to the meeting, many of the committees will publish more information
on the House Forum. We
urge you to visit the site often, keeping informed of developing
The intent of the House Forum is to provide effective intra-House
communications throughout the year and especially in preparation
for the House meetings. In the seven months since its inception,
our objective is slowly being realized, thanks to your participation.
Chairman Lowell Lischer and the committee chairmen have been actively
posting reports and questions on the Forum. And at least one issue
has prompted spirited discussion.
We have continued posting The Delegates’ Voice on the House
webpage in html and pdf formats. Our delegates, especially our international
ones, do not have to wait for mail delivery to receive their Voice.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary/Editor.
I have enjoyed getting to know many of you better. My heartfelt
thanks goes to my fellow officers Lowell Lischer and Ed Dolly, the
House committee chairmen, and the AAPG Headquarters staff.
In this issue
> Constitution and Bylaws
> Rules and Procedures
> Nominations and Elections
> Future of Earth Scientists
> Independent Audit (Ad Hoc)
> Operating Efficiency (Ad Hoc)
> Honors and Awards
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