Initiate GEM Program
are many geoscientists around the world who wish to become AAPG
members, but, for many reasons, simply cannot afford the annual
dues. A new initiative, the GEM Program (Geoscientists Enabling
Membership) is being implemented by several AAPG members for the
purpose of identifying current members willing to fund a qualified
potential member's dues on an interim basis. A newly formed GEM
Clearinghouse will then match these financial sponsors with a fellow
geoscientist in need of assistance.
Financial sponsors (GEMS) may, if they desire, stipulate
a country, Region, discipline or other criteria for use in pairing
their sponsorship with potential candidates. A financial sponsor
may also remain anonymous if they so choose. Although a mentoring
relationship may be a beneficial side note of the Program, no such
obligation is required. Sponsorships may continue on a yearly basis
for whatever length of time the sponsor desires. In many cases,
a geoscientist may simply need financial sponsorship until their
employment situation improves, or their country's economy is vitalized.
I have volunteered to act as the GEM Clearinghouse. I will
be responsible for:
those who wish to sponsor a fellow geoscientist, and all
direct requests from those desiring sponsorship from within the
requests from those desiring sponsorship who reside outside
the United States via the appropriate Regional President or AAPG
Service Team Lead;
bookkeeping with AAPG Headquarters.
The GEM Program is open to ALL, regardless of whether you
give or receive. AAPG members both inside and outside the United
States, including President Robbie Gries and past-President Bob
Cowdery have been financial sponsors for more than a decade. Rick
Fritz, AAPG's Executive Director, recently became involved.
As a clarification, this program does not obligate an AAPG member
to professionally sponsor an applicant, nor does it relieve an applicant
from providing the appropriate professional sponsors on his/her
membership application. The GEM Program involves ONLY financial
I encourage you, if your situation allows, to become a GEM.
Please contact me if you wish to financially sponsor a fellow geoscientist,
if you are in need of a sponsor and reside in the United States,
or if you just have questions or comments. If you desire financial
sponsorship and live outside of the United States, please contact
your AAPG Regional President or AAPG Service Team Leader. In light
of recent world events, efforts such as these are even more important.
We are ALL scientists of the Earth. Please join us in our efforts
to make the benefits of AAPG membership a reality for as many qualified
geoscientists as possible!
Brenda K. Cunningham
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