Letter from the Chair-Elect
Planning for 2007-08 HoD business is underway and I look forward to working with incoming Chair-Elect George Bole, Secretary/Editor Robert Webster and each of you throughout the upcoming term.
Looking back, I would like to commend the House on passing important legislation in Long Beach regarding graduated dues, limitations on candidacy, honors and awards, just to name a few! This is the result of dedicated work from our Committee Chairs and their committees and the leadership of our House officers. I know I speak for each of you in thanking Larry and Jeannie for their leadership and service to the House over the past year.
Looking forward, our first job as your HoD leadership is to populate the eight Committees that will carry out the business of the House. There are a number of you that have served in Vice-Chair roles in the past year that I will call upon to step-up into Chair roles. As I've stated in this column in the past, I will be looking for our international Delegates to continue to get more involved in committee work and active participation in the House. Technology allows us to work over great distances and multiple time zones so there is no excuse for lack of international participation. Please let me know now if you're interested in getting involved in committee work.
I will call upon incoming Chair-Elect George Bole to prepare a budget for our upcoming term to cover items such as Delegate Breakfasts and our Mid-Year meeting. Delegate Breakfasts for 2007 will be held in 2007, September 10th, at the Mid-Continent meeting in Wichita, KS; September 17th, at the Eastern Section meeting in Lexington, KY; October 8th, at the Rocky Mountain Section meeting in Snowbird, UT; October 22nd, at the GCAGS in Corpus Christi, TX; November 19th, at the European Region meeting in Athens, Greece and March 31st, 2008, at the Pacific Section meeting in Bakersfield, CA. I encourage you to mark these dates on your calendar now and to attend these meetings to get an update on House and AAPG business, but more importantly to let me know what's going on in the Region or Section and bring forward your ideas. In addition, the House Mid-Year meeting will be held in late November – early December (date and location to be determined) and our Annual meeting will be held on Sunday April 20, 2008 in San Antonio.
Goals for our 2007-08 term will be formulated over the first couple of EC meetings - July 1st, in Tulsa and August 19th, at Leadership Days in Keystone, Colo. I'll report on those goals in the first of four issues of The Delegates’ Voice, that Robert Webster will coordinate for the 2007-08 term which will be published in September.
Until then, have a great summer. If you have an idea or want to become more involved, contact me or any of the incoming House Leadership as soon as possible.