The Resolutions Committee consists of seven (7) members including a Chairman, who shall serve staggered two (2) year terms. The membership is as follows:
- Peter Lloyd (Europe), Chair
- Paul Britt (Gulf Coast), Vice Chair, domestic delegates
- John Kaldi (Asia-Pacific), Vice Chair, regional delegates
- Lee Avary (Eastern)
- Kay Pitts (Pacific)
- Jeff Jones (South West)
- John Minch (Pacific)
- John Dolson, non voting, EC liaison
- Donna Riggs, AAPG HQ staff
The Committee’s role is to review and recommend on all advance petitions, resolutions, or motions for the HoD annual meeting (excepting those on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and Rules and Procedures). The Resolutions Committee is also responsible for managing new society affiliations, and assuring good attendance by both domestic affiliate societies and the regions.
The committee worked with the EC and HoD leadership to welcome the Doha Integrated Geological Society (Bahrain), the Geological Society of South Africa and the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists as affiliates in 2007, and we are now targeting the Swiss Society of Petroleum Geologists for a 2008 affiliation.
We followed up with 11 domestic affiliates with a poor attendance record over the last three years. The Abilene, El Paso, Fort Smith, Graham, North Dakota, Northern Ohio and San Angelo have now elected (or are electing) new House delegates. Iowa were contacted and will probably elect a new delegate. However, Miami is ‘mothballed’ and will probably disaffiliate, and Missouri is disaffiliating (no reason given). We have failed to be able to contact the Southeastern Geological Society, and assume they too are non active. Otherwise domestic representation is very strong at 80% participation at the annual conventions.
We also worked to improve the turnout from the overseas international regions. Regional delegate attendance at Long Beach continued the recent upward trend. Almost 2/3 of regional seats are now being filled, compared with 40% attendance prior to regionalization in 1999. Over the last three years, attendance has been highest from Asia-Pacific (averaging 62%), followed by Canada, Europe and Africa averaging 60%, 59% and 58% respectively. The Middle East has managed only 45% in that timeframe, but all their delegates attended in 2007, and thisbodes well for the future. Disappointingly, Latin America has achieved less than 5% attendance over the last three years. We have asked their leadership for an action plan to assure that our regional members are represented at the 60%-plus level which their region achieved in the three years between 2001 and 2003.