It Can Start With A Mentor
When I was a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, Ed Dolly was a mentor to several of us. In the spring of 1969, he grabbed me and said he was going to Oklahoma City tomorrow for the AAPG Annual Meeting and I was going as well. In that brief moment of encouragement two positive events occurred. I was proud to be mentored by a respected geologist and student who was dedicated to the science, its applications and the profession of geology. Secondly, I recognized Ed served as an example of a practicing geologist who understood and communicated the value of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and its give and receive phenomena.
It only took a few hours for me to grasp the profound importance of AAPG as I listened to papers and looked at the exhibits. On the way back to the campus in Norman a tornado touched down west of Interstate 25 between Norman and Oklahoma City, lifted over the freeway at approximately the same time I was driving south and touched down to the east near Tinker Field. As I look back it may have been a sign, omen or (dare I say) divine intervention that kept that tornado from dropping on my 1964 Plymouth Valiant—with a Hurst four-on-the-floor shifter. I have drawn the conclusion that AAPG is heaven-sent and therefore, I will always pay my dues.
Over the years geologists like Ed Dolly, Norm Foster, and Don Clarke have mentored numerous younger geoscientists and in so doing they have always stressed the importance of being a professional and demonstrating it by membership in AAPG. It was a personally gratifying moment a few years ago when a young geologist cited me as a mentor. He serves today on a number of AAPG committees.
As delegates, we have been recognized by our peers and charged with maintaining and enhancing the professional stature of this grand association of earth scientists. We are trusted with respecting and honoring its legacy and preserving it while we adapt our organization to the changing and global nature of our practice. May I suggest we take a few minutes this year and offer an ear and, when asked, a few directions to a younger geologist. Please make sure membership in AAPG has your highest emphasis.
If any member of AAPG has questions about your Constitution and Bylaws, how to become a candidate, or how our association is organized or changes you might believe are needed, please do not hesitate to contact me . I will provide your input to the appropriate committee (as further defined in this Delegates’ Voice) and they will dutifully consider your thoughts and reply.
Remember, reach out, be a mentor, and share the wealth of knowledge and friendship AAPG offers.