Honors & Awards Committee
Committee purpose and recommendations
The Honors & Awards Committee recommends members of thie House to receive special awards for service to the House of Delegates. The Committee supplies names, considers nominee qualifications, and selects by vote those members to be recommended to the HoD Chair for approval. If approved, they are honored at the next AAPG Annual meeting. The H & A Committee invites all AAPG members to put forward names of deserving delegates for consideration. The H & A Committee wishes to make three recommendations for improvement to the award selection process. These recommendations are 1. Revise the deadline for submission of award recommendations in the Rules & Procedures from September 30th to October 31 at. 2. Amend the HoD Rules & Procedures to include language excluding candidates for AAPG office from award consideration, and 3. Establish official award recommendation forms, similar to AAPG Award forms.
Rules & Procedures change to deadline for award recommendations
This Committee is formed each year in July and must complete recommendations by September 30th of that same year. A recent proposed change in the Rules and Procedures for Honors and Awards would extend the deadline for recommendations to October 31st. The H & A Committee supports a change to the Rules & Procedures to make the deadline for recommendations October 31st. The additional month's time to research, consider award candidates, and communicate with committee members would make this task easier to accomplish.
HoD Rules & Procedures Section 111, g states:
This committee shall forward names of all candidates to the Chairman of the House of Delegates for consideration by September 30th of each year as the recipient of the following:
This committee shall forward names of all candidates to the Chairman of the House of Delegates for consideration by
September 30thOctober 31st of each year as the recipient of the following:
Rules & Procedures change for nominee eligibility
In 2004, nominations were received from Gulf Coast, Eastern, Europe, and Canada. It was considered that delegates recommended should not be nominees for a HoD office in 2005, but that AAPG officer candidates should also be excluded. Currently, the Rules and Procedures state only candidates for HoD office are excluded from consideration for awards. The H & A Committee recommends that language be included in the Rules & Procedures to say that candidates for AAPG offices also be excluded from consideration for HoD awards.
Rules & Procedures Section 111, g (7) states
No candidate for an HoD office can be nominated for an HoD award in the same year.
No candidate for an HoD, or an AAPG, office can be nominated for an HoD award in the same year.
Regrettably this year, some highly deserving individuals were eliminated from consideration. They should be re-nominated to receive awards in 2006, or 2007. Additionally, those nominees considered but not elected by the committee this year should be considered for awards next year.
HoD Award Recommendation Forms
The Honors & Awards Committee recommends the establishment of Award Recommendation forms for the three awards it is responsible for recommending. Creation of an award nomination form, patterned after AAPG Award nomination forms, would facilitate nomination and selection of awardees by defining qualifications for each award. An official form, to be made available on the AAPG / HoD web page or via mail, would clarify eligibility, provide a consistent nomination framework for consideration by the H & A committee members, and introduce logical standards to streamline the recommendation process. It is necessary to agree that nomination forms may be mailed or faxed to Tulsa, care of some individual to be named, for forwarding to the current Honors & Awards Committee Chair.
Awardees for 2004-2005
The recommendation of these honorees completes the primary function of the Honors & Awards committee. The Honors & Awards team pulled together to finish this task in a short period of time to successfully select these deserving delegates. The choice was a difficult one to make, as all those nominated were highly qualified to receive awards. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to all members of my committee who made this possible. The awards were:
- Honorary Member of the House: Daniel L. "Dan" Smith, Gulf Coast
- House Long Service: William B. Bill Harrison, Eastern; Edmund Stuart Stu Hastings, Gulf Coast; and Marvin L. Marv Smith, Gulf Coast
- Distinguished Member of the House: Sigrunn Johnson, European; Brian D. Keith, Eastern