Committee Annual Reports
and Elections Committee return
Nominations & Elections Committee members are as follows:
K. Sacrey, Chair
Barminski, Pacific Section
Bryant, Gulf Coast Section
Coalson, Rocky Mountain Section
Lorentz, Asia/Pacific International Region
Nishida, Canadian Region
Norman, Mid-Continent Section
Pettingill, European International Region
Pittman, Southwest Section
Sasowsky, Eastern Section
for Chairman-Elect and Secretary/Editor were submitted for all but
one section/region. A vote was taken to select two (2) candidates
from the list of nominees. These candidates are as follows:
Hollrah, Mid-Continent Section
Clarke, Pacific Section
Hewitt, Canadian Region
Keith, Eastern Section
of Earth Scientists Committee return
Don Lewis, Chair
the past, the Future of Earth Scientists Committee has looked at
a wide range of issues. This year, Chairman Lischer gave the committee
a specific charge, with the objective of focusing on a single issue
which could be studied in depth:
do hiring trends for ES look like over the next two years? Where
will the jobs be, geographically and professionally?
We have collected some of the available published data concerning
student enrollment and first employers for the U.K. and the U.S.
An additional key set of data will be a major U.S. geoscience employment
survey which has just been completed by the American Geological
Institute, with results to be published later this year.
Over the next year, we plan to take the AGI data, combine it with
AAPG and AGI demographic information, adjust for technological change,
and combine it with projections of future energy demand to be able,
hopefully, to show a range of geoscience employment opportunities
into the future. We shall work closely with the AGI on this to avoid
House member Chris Heath has been surveying the skill sets desired
by U.K., Canadian, and now U.S. companies. It makes sense to combine
these data with our geoscientist-demand results and make them available
to geoscience departments and to our Visiting Geologists Program.
Because the main data source will be the AGI surveys, we plan for
now to limit the study to the U.S. We also plan to concentrate on
the petroleum industry. We could expand to other areas, of interest
to the DEG and EMD, if the petroleum part works out well.
Within AAPG, we will coordinate with, at least, the Academic Liaison
and Industry Liaison Committees, and the AAPG staff. Beyond AAPG,
there may be opportunity to cooperate with other societies, such
as SEG and CSPG.
Any House member who would like to be involved or who can suggest
data sources is invited to contact the committee chair.
Stewart Chuber, Chair
Credentials Committee consists of five members, including a chairman,
who serve a one year term. It has become a custom that four of the
members are made up of the House officer candidates, and these folks
assist the Chairman, Stewart Chuber from San Antonio, at the delegate
registration on the morning of the Annual AAPG meeting, this year
to be held in Denver on Sunday, June 3, 2001, starting promptly
at 8:15 a.m. The committee usually joins Donna Riggs, our AAPG staff
liaison, at about 7 when the choicest pastry and coffee are ready.
They review and prepare for the arrival of the 254 delegates and/or
their alternates, thus the term credentials. You don’t get in without
Comprising the Credentials Committee with Chairman Chuber are officer
candidates for HOD Chairman: Don Clarke from Long Beach, CA and
Terry Hollrah from Oklahoma City, and for HOD Secretary-Editor Marty
Hewitt from Calgary and Brian Keith from Bloomington, IN.
As before, all delegates are urged not only to attend the Denver
meeting but to get there early, eat the good stuff, meet the candidates,
and talk with your friends or make new ones. This is a great time
to really enjoy the camaraderie of the House of Delegates.
With that in mind, Donna Riggs has prepared an overview of the HOD
by Sections and Regions; how many do you know, and from which sections
The HGS (Houston) has the largest delegate group with 55. RMAG (Denver)
is second with 19. Two regions tie for third; Canada and Europe
each have 15. Asia/Pacific is next with 13, followed by DGS (Dallas)
with 12. All others have eight or fewer delegates.
There are 12 U.S. Societies without a delegate and five U.S. Societies
and one Region that are under-represented, which is 21 delegates
short of a full house. This is not out of the ordinary and some
societies make last minute appointments for the meeting.
There are 46 At-Large Members of the HOD, several who serve currently
Marty Hewitt, Chair
Resolutions Committee is charged annually with making recommendations
concerning all advance petitions, resolutions or motions offered
by Delegates, Affiliated Societies or by charge from the Chairman
of the House.
The 2000 2001 Resolutions Committee is comprised of the following
the time of submission of this report, two Applications for Affiliation
have been submitted. The first application is from the Association
of Petroleum Geologists based in Dehra Dun, India and the second
is from the Japanese Association of Petroleum Technology based in
Tokyo, Japan. The AAPG’s Executive Committee has approved the application
from the Association of Petroleum Geologists, while the application
from the Japanese Association of Petroleum Technology is pending.
Final details on these approvals will be posted on the Delegates
Forum when available. The Resolutions Committee will review these
applications and make a recommendation for approval at the HOD Annual
Meeting June 3 in Denver.
At the 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 for 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.
A total of 276 Delegates are eligible to be elected to the House
from the Affiliated Societies and International Regions. Currently,
only 251 Delegates have been assigned. Consequently, just over 1400
members or 8% of AAPG’s Active membership are not represented or
are under-represented in the business of the House. Concerning representation
at the HOD Annual Meeting in New Orleans, 24 of 64 Affiliated Societies
were not represented. All International Regions had representation
at the meeting.
One additional item 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
Our review of the data as provided by AAPG Headquarters is as follows:
We currently 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.
According 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, Constitution & Bylaws, Resolutions, Future of Earth
Scientists) 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” Delegates with
greater than one term’s service that have a feel for the business
of the House that 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. The bottom 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 with comments or questions related to this report
and the business of the Resolutions Committee
Audit Committee (Ad Hoc) return
Will Greer, Chair
committee was appointed to report on the need for a financial and
staff audit of AAPG every five years as a result of a HOD vote at
the meeting in New Orleans in April 2000. Other committee members
were Dave Campbell, Terry Hollrah, Ed Picou, and Dan Smith. Specifically,
the committee was charged by HOD Chairman Lowell Lischer to answer
Are we required by either the laws of incorporation of Colorado
or the IRS to conduct an annual independent financial audit? And,
doesn’t the AAPG do this already?
is not required to conduct an annual independent financial audit.
Nevertheless, AAPG has had an annual financial audit for many
years as a good business practice and to protect its non-profit
status with the IRS.
Why did a previous executive committee call for an independent audit
of staff and personnel? Do similar needs still exist? What was the
cost of the study?
executive committee (EC) contracted for an independent audit of
staff and personnel in 1994. The report was completed January
31, 1995 for a fee of $7,500. The EC called for this audit prior
to retirement of the executive director because they thought that
the information would help the incoming executive director better
understand and utilize his staff. Three years ago the EC retained
a “personnel consultant” to analyze AAPG staff and train the executive
director in management techniques.
Doesn’t the Executive Committee already have the power to call for
an independent audit of personnel and staff if deemed necessary?
The EC acts as a Board of Directors for AAPG. Nothing in the AAPG
bylaws addresses this issue.
Is it really necessary to establish scheduled personnel and staff
audits and incur this expense on a regular basis?
unanimously agrees that staff/personnel audits or similar use
of consultants should be called for when needed, in the opinion
of the EC, and not on any regular basis
Efficiency Committee (Ad Hoc) return
Tom Maris, Chair
The function of the OEC is to review and evaluate procedures, which
have the potential to make our HOD and Association’s operations
more efficient, cost effective, and communicative. These procedures
can be adopted by administrative action of the House officers, through
additions to the Rules and Procedures, or by approval of the Executive
Committee. Last year’s embryonic committee, chaired by Pat Gratton,
submitted a rather thorough list of items to be considered; several
of which have been infused into our system; i.e. HOD website for
better communications and several others which are being proposed
by the Rules and Procedures Committee at the Denver meeting.
The 2000-2001 OEC is composed of Ed Heath, George Eynon, Larry Jones,
Marty Hewitt, Deborah Sacrey, Brenda Cunningham and Ed Dolly. We
are currently in the process of reviewing and prioritizing last
year’s suggested items and considering additional items. A full
report will be available on the HOD
Forum and at the meeting on June 3.
Should you have any new ideas or suggestions for next year’s OEC,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
214.692.9621 fax, or 214.265.9533 phone.
Brenda Cunningham, Chair
Delegates were requested to submit nominations for the year 2001
House of Delegates Honors and Awards:
- House Certificate
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.
- House Long Service
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.
- Distinguished 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 not required.
- Honorary 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).
The members of this term’s Honors and Awards Committee are:
California Geological Society
Texas Geological Society
and the appropriate supporting documentation were due no later than
March 15, preferably in electronic form. More information may be
found on the AAPG website under the House of Delegates Rules and
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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