Letter from the Secretary-Editor
As many of us are preparing to attend the Annual HoD meeting in Denver on June 7th, make sure that if you cannot attend, that you are represented by an alternate delegate from your Section or Region. The deadline for sending the list of name(s) of your alternate delegate(s) to Donna Riggs at the Headquarter in Tulsa, is May 23, 2009. Appointments made after that date should still be sent to AAPG Headquarters just so the appointee can be pre-cleared and the Credentials Committee Chair informed. A qualified alternate delegate is an AAPG Active Member of your Region or Society.
If your Region or Society is too late to list alternative delegates with AAPG Headquarters before the HoD meeting takes place, it is usual that qualified alternate delegates, who show up on Sunday, June 7th at 08:00 hrs for the meeting will be accepted by the House as voting participants. So don’t be shy!
As an AAPG member outside of U.S. and Canada, I am interested in seeing that AAPG is successful internationally. The start has been a little bumpy, but, eventually, it is clear to me that AAPG wants to have global impact; see the articles of our President, Scott Tinker and Vice President, Rusty Riese, on AAPG Global Corporate Structure in this issue of The Delegates’ Voice. With more international experiences and some adjustments, AAPG will be well positioned to lead!
One sign that international involvements are increasing is the fact that at the Annual meeting in Denver, several international members are getting awards. As an example, the European Region nominated a record 13 professionals for 2009 awards to the AAPG Advisory Council. Out of these, six were accepted and will receive their awards in Denver.
Our President, Scott Tinker, talks about building bridges – strong global bridges connecting fossil fuels and non-fossil fuels, science and policy, energy and economy, energy and the environment, industry and academy, industry and government, to name a few. Scott Tinker has used his term as AAPG president well in trying to help build several bridges to ensure that AAPG will have a voice in global energy policy. It is now important that we all support the continuation of the building of the bridges.
AAPG has focus on students. Student Chapters have been around for some years. However, the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Program is really an outstanding program as it includes students and faculty members, globally, in an educational activity aimed at preparing students for work in the industry. The program deserves all the support we can give! Individuals or companies who want to be judges may contact Bob Stewart , IBA, Judging Sub-Committee. Companies interested in sponsoring the 2009 IBA Program are invited to contact Erik Mason , IBA Sponsorship Sub-Committee Chair.
See you in Denver on the 7th of June!