by Steven M. Goolsby
always surprised to hear of individuals who will not volunteer to
help out with running scientific societies because they are afraid
of the work involved. Personally, I find the amount of work required
for these volunteer jobs to be minimal. This is especially true
when you consider the benefits you receive in return for the work.
A good example of this is the secretary-editor position I have had
for the last year with the House of Delegates.
did involve some work, of course. However, Ive been pleasantly
surprised at how little effort actually has been required to fulfill
the duties of the office. Ive had to coordinate and edit the
articles going into The Delegates Voice four times during
the year, but Ive had lots of help. Each member of the Newsletter
Committee has been responsive and extremely helpful in assisting
with the editing process. I owe Martin Cassidy, Michelle Debus,
George Eynon, Debra Osborne, Mike Party, and Valary Schulz my thanks
and appreciation for their efforts on the committee.
to the Newsletter Committee, Ive had help from other quarters
within the AAPG. The newsletter would not be possible without the
contributions of each of the committee chairmen in the HoD. All
of this years chairmen have been good about submitting their
reports and articles for inclusion in the newsletter in a prompt
manner. In addition, each has reviewed their edited drafts and returned
comments to me quickly during the editorial process.
Linda Ramsey with the AAPG staff has been wonderful to work with.
She does a great job of organizing the material into a printable
form and supervising the publication and mailing of The Delegates
Voice. I extend my thanks to all of these individuals who have made
my job a pleasure this year.
So if youve
hesitated to volunteer to help with the AAPG, consider jumping in.
Just let any of the present officers or committee chairman of the
organization know youre available to help out and Im
sure theyll find a job for you. And I think youll end
up having as good a time doing that job as I have had as Secretary-Editor