Ronald L. Grubbs
be an Officer Candidate means a chance to help shape a more
balanced, more service-oriented, and fairer society for my
profession. I have been working overseas projects for the
last ten years or so, and I value highly our foreign members,
but we must remember that we are the American APG
and keep our attention and focus on our primary constituency.
As a kid, I was always struck with wanderlust and a need for
understanding the unseen world. This led to devotions to astronomy,
geography, and all the other sciences. As a teenager, I got
into backpacking and mountaineering and it was a natural step
to tie it all together with geology. When I got my first job
offer, I couldn't believe these people were going to pay me
to play geology. I continue to enjoy that amazement.
Naturally, my central interest is my young, brilliant, and
beautiful spouse of 29 years, my three kids, and my grandkids.
I've spent quite a bit of time with Scouting and taught several
different merit badges. I still teach outdoor safety classes
for the State of Texas. Evelyn and I do a lot of birding,
stargazing, and hiking in the warm months. Study of politics
and societal trends and playing with machinery take up a lot
of my time. One of my kids is finishing a PhD in history and
she feeds our thirsts in that broad subject. I still get to
do a lot of travel, which I still love, and that helps with
the wanderlust itch. I'll admit to shades of maturity, on
occasion, but the wide-eyed kid still runs the show.
Carroll L. Kinney
have served my local society since 1979 in capacities ranging
from Reservations Chairman to President. The contacts and
friends that I have gained have been beyond value, but there
is a certain joy to doing volunteer work that goes beyond
the professional gains. Having been a delegate for many years,
I would like to further my commitment to AAPG. I consider
it a privilege to be nominated for a House Office and would
apply my experience in the House and with my local society
to further the goals of the House in the coming year.
My father was a hobbyist in "rock collecting" and owned a
shop for a time.
He was a member of the local mineral society that I joined
as a junior member at age ten. I continued the hobby through
high school, winning a Science Fair Award from the Oklahoma
City Geological Society in junior high. I never considered
any other major in college, but didn't intend to enter the
oil industry. Wanting to stay closer to my mineral interests,
I worked uranium exploration for five years before changing
to oil and gas.
I enjoy doing many kinds of needlework and reading English
mystery novels. I volunteer for several organizations including
my church, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Friends of the OKC
Library, and I try to use the skills that I gained from helping
my mother, to aide the handicapped whenever I can. Although
I do not play myself, I oversee golf tournaments for several