Letter from the Chair-Elect
In the AAPG, we find the term “membership” manifested in the work of four separate but related Executive Committee authorized committees and one ad-hoc committee. Each of the committees is led by a chairperson or co-chairpersons and vice-chairpersons and has very serious and hard working members. A membership committee manager is charged with coordinating the work of the committees and being the liaison between the committees and the Chairperson of the House of Delegates who represents the Executive Committee. Ms. Vicki Beighle is our ever dependable AAPG staff person who along with David Lange retains the records and keeps us moving forward toward fulfilling our missions. Though I was appointed for a three-year term as Manager, I have served at the annual pleasure of the President. The general implications and definitions of membership are contained in the Constitution and Bylaws of AAPG.
AAPG MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
The Membership Coordination and Communication Committee is chaired by Andrea Reynolds and maintains a list of all outreach efforts by various AAPG groups such as the Divisions, the House and the other Membership committees. They will generate ideas and programs to grow our ranks of geoscientists. They will maintain a contact list with the Regions, Sections, Divisions, the House of Delegates and Affiliated Societies.
The Membership Recruiting Committee is co-chaired by David Blanchard and Donald Clarke. Its mission is to encourage members to recruit at the local level with special emphasis on Active members and Transfer to Active. They promote grass roots campaigns with recognition and rewards for individual efforts. Their principal goals are to increase participation within Leadership in AAPG (lead by example). Each person in position of leadership was to recruit one member by June 30, 2009 and increase overall participation with general membership to 3% actively recruiting by June 30, 2009.
The Young Professionals Committee is chaired by Natasha Rigg. Their mission is to foster a challenging and successful career in the energy business for recent college graduates and early career geoscientists. Also, the committee is charged with building an understanding of a lasting relationship between the AAPG and young professionals. The committee seeks to identify and serve early career needs while offering opportunities for networking, career guidance, learning and enhancing competencies.
Clint Moore chairs the Career Services Committee whose mission is to consider, develop, plan, launch, and direct a portfolio of career-oriented services and programs that will establish AAPG as every member’s Career Partner for Life. They are identifying and developing projects in the following areas: An internet accessible member registry of skills, experiences and competencies; an internet accessible member resume posting service; and an internet accessible job availability/clearinghouse posting service.
The fifth membership committee is the Membership Survey Committee which operates at the request of the Executive Committee. It is ably chaired by Terrence O’Hare. Its mission is to prepare, conduct and report the tri-annual All-Member Survey. Its main goal is to assist the association in gauging member attitudes on items of current interest.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are numerous seats available on each of these committees for those who are willing to share an interest in the growth of AAPG and enhancing its role as the leading scientific, geoscience organization in the world and applying that science to the efficient and environmentally sound recovery of energy resources. Please consider sharing a few moments of your time in 2010, working on one of these committees, you will take with you great satisfaction for your efforts and we shall all be the better for them.