One of the most pleasant duties for both Delegates and House Officers is attendance at the Sectional / Region Delegates’ Breakfast. These are typically held early in the morning on the first day of the Sectional / Region Conference. Most delegates receive an invitation to their chosen section through the mail or by e-mail.. It is important to R.S.V.P. to these invitations if you will be attending the convention, however, registration for the convention is not required to attend a breakfast.
We’ve learned to add a few more to the estimates to account for last minute attendees, but I remember being embarrassed when a revered Past-President didn’t have a seat, let alone a breakfast at a Section meeting a few years back (Sorry, Robbie!). But what if you have a burning interest in a play in another Section / Region, and plan to attend a conference in that geographic area to tune up your knowledge base? As a member of the House of Delegates, (and this includes the members-at-large) you are welcome at any or all of the House- hosted breakfasts. You will only get a formal invitation to your own chosen Section or Region, but the AAPG website, or your membership card will tell you when and where the other Conventions are. Just drop a line to Jan Dorman at AAPG, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, OK 74101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and let her know to reserve a spot and put your name on the list of attendees.
If you don’t know the name of the person to contact at Headquarters about this or any issue, you can always send your e-mail to AAPG headquarters : email@example.com who will forward it to the appropriate staff person.
The benefits of attending a breakfast in an area other than your own selected section are innumerable. Aside from catching up on the most up-to-date news of the House, delivered by the current Chair with all of the accoutrement Q&A opportunities, you will enjoy the opportunity to hear from the current Executive (the President or his envoy) and the Administration (Rick or his stand-in) with all the Association news. Even better, from a business sense, is the chance to meet some of the most active and knowledgeable folks in the area. Then, as you meet these same delegates in AAPG committees at Leadership Days, or at the Annual Convention, you will be able to continue and expand your circle of AAPG friends.
Being able to place a face on a name seen on committee lists or the delegate listing in the Bulletin, has always been a personal treat for me. So, hopefully we’ll see you at a breakfast soon in Wichita Falls, Texas; Wichita, Kansas; Lexington, Kentucky; Snowbird, Utah; Corpus Christi, Texas or Athens, Greece.