The Credentials Committee was chaired by Patrick J. Gooding, Kentucky Society of Professional Geologist, at the 2007 annual meeting. Other members of the committee included George R. Bole and Sandi Barber, candidates for chairman-elect, and David Farmer and Robert E. Webster, candidates for secretary/editor.
Initially, 163 delegates were cleared by the Credentials Committee. In addition, there were fourteen (14) persons who did not get their documentation in on time and requested to be seated in the House. The names and organizations that they represented were read aloud by the Chair of the Credentials Committee. The Chair of the House, Larry Jones, made a motion to the members to seat the fourteen individuals in the House. The motion was accepted. The Credentials Committee Chairman then reported that 177 delegates were seated in the House and there was a quorum. The total number of elected delegates to the House is 227. Total needed for a quorum was 114.
After the report was made, four (4) additional delegates were cleared by the Credentials Committee. One person voted to be seated by the House was asked to leave the voting area when the committee discovered that this individual was not an active member but an associate member. Five (5) appointed delegates arrived late, after the House had voted, and were not permitted to enter the voting area.
The total number of delegates present at the 2007 Annual meeting of the House of Delegates, was 180. This represented 79.3 % of the total eligible delegates, a decrease of 5.3% from the previous year which had one of the largest numbers, (85%), of delegates attending the Annual Meeting in six (6) years.
Every Section and Region was represented except Latin America. There were again, for the second year, 18 U.S. Affiliated Societies who had no representation. Every effort should be made in the future to encourage these Affiliated Societies to have representation at the House of Delegates Meeting.
2007 Credentials Committee
(from left) David Farmer, Robert Webster, George Bole, Sandi Barber, and Patrick Gooding, Chair.