of the House
Valary Schulz, Chair
close to recovery after Aprils convention and annual meeting;
caught up on all of the deferred obligations and devising ways to
implement all those stimulating ideas which we recognized in meetings
and presentations? Particularly as host society, the Annual meeting
is a flurry of preparation, preparation, and preparation, with relief
at the closing. We had an excellent attendance at the House meeting
seating 187 members, and resolved our business in short order. Im
consistently in awe at the wisdom of free elections and votes. Thank
you for your presence, and for your direction.
now as I write this, and next month as you read this, I will have
flanged up the roster committee members to do the work of the house
over the next year. I have made a concerted effort to provide for
broad geographic representation within these committee appointments,
as far as I am allowed. Thanks for volunteering, and for agreeing
that our organization is and should be dynamic, and that the House
as its legislative arm is both responsive to membership and progressive,
previews of the issues we will be considering are cited.
and Bylaws Committee will be asked to consider the following
vacancies: though this is a very unlikely event, prior preparation
provides for a smoother transition. Currently, a Presidential
vacancy is filled by the Vice-President as per By Laws Article
II, Section 3. In Section 11, Vacancies, if the office of President-Elect
becomes vacant, it is filled by a special election called by the
EC -- with no specifications or guidance on how to name candidates.
All other officer vacancies filled by appointment of the EC. The
C&BL committee will prepare a model for equitable and transparent
succession. Thanks are due to Tom Ewing for his founding analysis
of this issue which will be evaluated in committee.
sponsors: as it currently stands, student and associate members
are not required to provide a sponsor with their application for
membership, although successful students advance to associate
membership until they have completed the requisite experience
for active membership. The committee will be studying the desirability
of requiring a faculty member or AAPG member is good standing
sponsor these applicants.
Run-off Voting: our C&BL provide for election by a plurality
of votes (Article II, Section 10) which is obscure since a plurality
is not the same as a majority, which is the most likely intent
(as pointed out to me by Don Lewis). Also, in cases of more than
2 candidates several methods exist which provide for an equitable
election, such as Instant Run-off Voting which has been introduced
in the AC for selection of Honors & Awards recipients. In
researching this subject, I learned that many countries where
there are more than two political parties use this system, including
Australia where it was introduced in 1920. We should also be sensitive
to Condorcets Paradox which points out that it is possible
that a majority prefers option A over option B, a majority prefers
option B over option C, and yet a majority prefers option C over
option A. (Thus, majority prefers is not transitive.) The C&BL
will be asked to research and develop a methodology for voting
in multi-candidate elections.
business: The house referred back to the C&BL, the rewording
of the C&BL, to provide for reinstatement to membership of
a prior member who was expelled for ethical reasons, by unanimous
vote of the Executive Committee, thus providing consistency between
Article I, Section 12, and Article XI, Sections 7 and 8.
Committee will be asked to seek out and invite affiliation and
association with qualifying societies which are not currently affiliated
with the AAPG in an aggressively proactive manner, in keeping with
our strategic plan to become the premier Association of choice for
the petroleum geologists.
Hoc Committee on Advisory Council Representation presented their
interim report at the meeting of the House in Dallas, and their
final report herein. This committee is a hold-over from last year,
and will be finishing up and making recommendations for implementation.
asked John Hogg to chair the newly commissioned Ad Hoc Committee
on Executive Session. Although the C&BL committee reviewed
this issue in committee during 2002-2003 and declined to propose
any change prohibiting any AAPG body from invoking executive session
during the consideration of Nominations and/or Honors and Awards,
a fresh look and new perspective is reasonable.
left? Why dont you tell me? I sincerely solicit your opinions
on all of the above issues, and any others which strike you. My
preference is for you to email me your comments at .
See you at the HoD Breakfast during your local Section convention.