and Bylaw Committee Update
The committee, composed of Paul English, Tom Ewing, Ed Heath, and
Valary Schulz, has been considering six issues to date, and will
be proposing amendments to the Constitution and to the Bylaws for
the delegates' consideration. Four items were described in the prior
Ethics Committee Amendment
Council Experience Balancing Amendment
and comments have been invited from the Association members and
As a reminder of the amendment procedures as prescribed by our freshly
amended Article XIV of our Bylaws, an amendment may be proposed
by a majority vote of the Officers of the House of Delegates and
the Chairmen of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the HoD.
The following amendment, referred to as
Selection Integrity Amendment" was resolved by a unanimous
vote of the Officers of the House of Delegates and the Chair of
the Constitution and Bylaws Committee on 31 October, 2002, and
has been distributed to the Executive Committee, the Advisory
Council, the C&BL Committee, and by this report, to the members
of the House of Delegates.
II. OFFICERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS, AND ASSOCIATION POSITIONS
A Proposed Addition of a Section 14:
Section 14: Limitations on Nomination and Honors & Awards
a) Any member serving on an AAPG governing body shall not be eligible
to be nominated for office or selected for an honor & award
by the governing body on which they serve, except for the House
of Delegates' Recognition of Service Award.
b) Candidates for any AAPG office may not be selected to receive
any honor & award by any AAPG governing body during the period
of their candidacy, unless the honor or award has been announced
prior to the announcement of their candidacy.
for this proposal is to maintain the fairness and impartiality
of the AAPG officer nomination and honors & award process
as well as to avoid perceptions of favoritism for candidates in
the election process. As the author of this amendment stated,
"Eliminating members of the governing body from consideration
protects the rights of all members to compete for nominations
and honors & awards on an equal basis". Does it surprise you
that our association might require such a directive? One would
expect that we all possess the personal integrity to eliminate
oneself from consideration for office or honors on any Board,
Committee, or Council. We invite your comments.
in this issue, a considered analysis of the sixth issue under
discussion, "The Executive Session", is presented by George Eynon.
We invite your comments on this topic as well. Our attorney, Craig
Blackstock has advised that Executive Session is most often required
by public bodies to discuss personnel issues such as hiring, firing,
discussion of raises, as well as litigation discussions where
public disclosure might jeopardize an entities legal position.
As it stands, Executive Session may not be invoked without a vote.
Is it not incumbent upon the Chair of any body to require the
members of that committee conduct themselves in an appropriate
manner? Is it not the obligation of the Chair to run a clean meeting,
and not to allow gossip and unsubstantiated derisive comments
about anyone? Are we not all bound by our code of ethics to not
malign other geologists?
know how you feel.
In this issue...
Officer Candidates for 2002-03
> AAPG Membership Drive: Benefits Pyramid
> HoD Deadlines for 2002-03
Council Representation (ad hoc)
> Constitution and Bylaws
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