2003-2004 House Business
of the House will get underway formally on July 1 and, as Terry
Hollrah commented in the full delegates meeting in Salt Lake City,
there is always something to be done regarding the AAPG constitution
and bylaws, the House rules and procedures, or some special issue
that arises. This year is no exception. The views of individual
delegates, more especially if you skillfully avoided getting stuck
with committee work, are not just welcome, but are hereby requested.
If you have an opinion or a comment, please contact any of the House
officers or the Chair or members of the responsible committee.
Constitution and Bylaws committee has several items to review
and for which to recommend changes. They are in no particular order.
dues. The ceiling needs to be raised to provide some flexibility
in the future. The Constitution and Bylaws limit annual membership
dues at US$75.00, and we are currently at US$72.00.
membership issues. Should we increase the period permitted for
a member to maintain Student status, since the time taken by students
in postgraduate studies has increased considerably over the years?
Should we do away with Associate membership or restrict it to a
maximum of two years before automatically moving up to full Active
membership? Should we change the requirement for sponsors to two,
with an additional reference?
for breaches of ethics. We have been asked by the Executive
Committee to recommend changes to provide some choices in admonishment
of a member found guilty of a breach of ethics.
AC comments on issues. The EC and AC must be sent notice of
any items that might affect them and "may" comment back
to the House.We would like to change that to "shall" comment.
and votes. The EC routinely conducts meetings or votes by phone,
fax, e-mail or other such means that could be in breach of the constitution
& bylaws, which currently only allow face to face meetings and
votes. The committee will be asked to recommend any changes necessary
to obviate this problem and to permit the EC to conduct the Associations
business effectively and legally.
at large membership rights. Can a House "at-large"
member who is not a voting Delegate (an AAPG past president or a
House past chair, for example) make amendments on the floor of the
and any other issues that might arise, the committee will seek the
advice of the Delegates to the House, the Executive Committee, the
Advisory Council, and headquarters staff in order to bring a recommendation
to the House in Dallas.
Resolutions Committee will be reviewing two issues.
for admitting societies for association or affiliation, as well
as for disassociation and disaffiliation, need addressing. This
arose from the applications for Associated Society status by the
Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) and the National Association
of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)both of which
were unanimously approved in the House meeting in Salt Lake City,
but not without some debate beforehand. We need to publish the applications
and get Delegates input during the yearwell before the
House annual meetingso that we can properly check societies
and expedite their applications.
Region under-representation in the House. This is an ongoing
situation that needs to be addressed somehow, and the committee
will work with headquarters staff to address.
hoc committee on AC representation, constituted for the 2002-
2003 session and chaired by Rich Green, is publishing its report
in this issue of The DelegatesVoice. The issue is by
no means decided; the ad hoc committee did not make a specific recommendation
and requested that more time be taken to address the issue. Accordingly,
we are again striking an ad hoc House committee, this time with
the specific mandate to recommend changes, if necessary, to the
AC representation model. If changes are necessary, they will be
brought to the House annual meeting in Dallas as a resolution that,
if approved, would be considered by the House annual meeting the
following year. To refresh your minds, as published in previous
issues of the DV, there are two fundamentally different views:
the one brought to the floor of the House as new business in Denver
2001, which proposes proportional representation, and results in
numerical domination of the AC by the Gulf Coast section, which
has the most members. The House of Delegates in Denver rejected
the solution that all Divisions, Sections, and Regions, regardless
of size of membershipbut grand-fathering the two current Gulf
Coast AC seatsdeserve single-seat representation with the
full voting privileges they do not all currently have.
well be other issues that arise during the year, but this is what
we have recognized to date.
we encourage all delegates who have opinions or questions onor
possible solutions toany of these issues to speak up. Please
contact any of the House leadership, or the chairs or individual
members of the appropriate committees. The list with phone numbers
and e-mail contact information is published in previous issues,
so you have no excuses. We look forward to your participation. George
Eynon, Chair 2003-2004