Constitution and Bylaws
by Ed Heath, Chair
comprised of Nilo Azambuja, Paul Britt, Paul English, Tom Ewing,
Doug Patchen, Mark Rainer, and me, has been considering four issues
to date, and will be proposing amendments to the Constitution &
Bylaws for the delegate's consideration. Four items were described
in the September issue of
The Delegates' Voice that are still under consideration:
Membership Issues (two)
EC Meetings and Votes
EC and AC Comments on Issues
issue, Member Dues, addresses ceilings on various categories
of membership. It is being suggested that Section 3 of Article XIII,
be revised to place a ceiling of $125 on Active members, Emeritus
$62.50, Student $10, and Associate $125. The fiscal year dues for
2004-05 have been raised $3 to $75, which is our current ceiling.
What is anticipated are gradual increases of $2-$4 every 2-3 years.
the first of two membership issues, consideration is underway
to revise the number of required AAPG references from three (3)
to two (2), plus one (1) non-AAPG reference. The second membership
issue involves time limitations on student members, which currently
limit undergraduates to six (6) years and graduates to four (4)
years before automatically becoming (Junior) Associate members.
The Junior membership classification was terminated 5/17/03. It
is being recommended that terms for Student membership be dropped,
and replaced with That students who join while either undergraduates
or graduates will be required to become Associate members upon termination
of academic enrollment.
EC Meetings and Votes, it is suggested that the following
be added to Section 3 of Article III; Meetings may be conducted
by conference calls, e-mail, FAX, or other electronic means. Topics
discussed, votes taken, and any other items of business will be
recorded and resulting minutes reviewed for approval at the next
formal Executive Committee meeting. Discussions involving grievance
proceedings and appeals, personnel matters and other business of
a sensitive nature will be restricted to formal Committee meetings.
This is an attempt to permit the EC to conduct the Association's
business effectively and legally.
issue, EC and AC Comments on Issues, is simply a formality
of replacing the word may with shall in paragraph (c) of Section
2 of Article XIV. The Committee seeks the advice of delegates to
the House, the EC, the AC and headquarters staff on these and other
issues that might arise. Let us know your thoughts.