AC Representation -
One Group, One Vote!
Eynon - Chair, Constitution & Bylaws Committee
of us as Delegates have given additional thought to Clint Moore's
proposal at the Denver meeting to seek "fairer representation" on
the AC -- a proposal that was roundly defeated. I still completely
disagree with his basic premise of representation by population
for the AC. The heart of the matter is that:
any group (Section, Region, and Division) is worthy of affiliation
with AAPG, then it deserves equal representation at the AC table.
And, to be equal, every Section, Region and Division gets one seat,
one voice, one vote, regardless of the number of members in that
is a quote from Doug Patchen (Eastern Section representative to
the AC for many years), expressing his views at the end of his term.
I have drawn liberally on his ideas in this article. Doug's recommendations
are to eliminate both the minimum number of members necessary to
obtain a seat on the AC and all additional seats for any group,
regardless of its number of members. He concluded by saying:
AC should be a body where all groups are represented equally,
where no one voice is outweighed by many others, where no one
group has more votes than any other. That is equal, that is fair,
and that is all that is necessary."
agree totally, as do many others such as David Jenkins (Past-president,
Europe) speaking at the House meeting in Denver. He commented that,
since the House of Delegates is based on a US House of Representatives
model (Delegates assigned by population), the AC should be like
the US Senate (each group with an equal voice) so that all groups,
large and small, have fair representation.
That is equal, fair, and all that is necessary. Once affiliated,
a group gets its seat, voice, and vote regardless of how many members
-- and keeps one seat, one voice, and one vote. This would obviate
the need to keep a head count for voting on the AC and grant each
of the International Regions its rightful vote on the AC immediately.
Besides, no group needs a second, third, or fourth seat at the table.
To suggest that any councilor needs "back up" is to imply that he
or she is incapable of adequately representing the group by him
or her self -- something that is patently absurd. One person, one
voice, one vote is all that is necessary to adequately represent
the members of any group on the AC. More than one seat, more than
one voice, or more than one vote for any Section, Region, or Division
shifts the balance of justice and fair play against the Sections,
Regions, and Division with a single vote.
Finally, in the interest of continuing the cooperative spirit of
the governing bodies developed this past year, we need to get the
opinions of the AC, EC, and HOD leadership for any changes to representation
in the AC in order to support its enactment.
In this issue
of Delegates 2001-2002 Short Business Year!
Officers and Committees
of Earth Scientists
-- One Group, One Vote!
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