Ad Hoc Committee on
Advisory Council Representation
Tim Rynott, Chairman
Hoc Committee on Advisory Council (AC) Representation was given
a charge to answer this fundamental question: Should membership
in both deliberative bodies of AAPG governance (AC and House) be
proportional to numbers of members, or should the Advisory Council
continue to be "federal based" (structurally similar to the U.S.
Senate)? As the investigation progressed, various questions and
comments have been put to our committee, precipitating this second
question: Has partisanship -- intentional or unintentional -- affected
the duties of AC members?
these questions this committee has implemented a three-phase program.
Phase I involved compiling and summarizing the voting record of
the AC since the 1999 restructuring. Phase II, just recently completed,
entailed submitting a questionnaire to the current AC and all those
who served on the AC since the 1999 restructuring. A total of 51
questionnaires were sent and 46 were returned. (A sample questionnaire
is shown below). Phase III involves the Ad Hoc Committee examining
the data from Phase I and Phase II, and then voting on possible
recommendations. Due to the complexity of this important issue,
the House leadership decided at the mid-year meeting in January
that the term of the Ad Hoc Committee will be extended for one year.
the committee will return its recommendations at the House of Delegates
meeting in Calgary in June, 2005. The report in Dallas in April
2004 will therefore be a progress report.
many years have you served on the AC since it was restructured in
you serve on the AC prior to the restructuring?
How many years?
the number of voters on the AC were increased, would the AC function:
than the expected initial support of a Sectional nominee,
have you personally witnessed Sectional or Regional bias by an AC
one: Often Occasionally Never
a scale of one to five, how equitably do you think that each member
of AAPG is being represented by the Advisory Council as composed
under existing By-Laws?
very equitably and 1 being not equitably)
one: 1 2 3 4 5
gave a low score please comment.
change, if any, might improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness
of the Advisory council in fulfilling its duties under the By-Laws?