Chair of the House of Delegates
The last edition of The Delegates’ Voice gave an introduction to your HoD Committees, their roles, functions, and those who serve as committee members. It also included thoughts from Region and Section Presidents and other active AAPG members about the organizations and committees they represent, including what drew them to membership in AAPG. Several of your HoD officers extolled the value and virtue of mentorship.
Today, I want to assure you that your HoD committees and officers have been meeting and working diligently to evaluate and, in some cases, refine proposals to amend the Constitution and Bylaws through which AAPG exists and operates. These documents create the organizational framework allowing your Executive Committee (EC) to govern. They provide a path through which the EC carries out its duties by establishing committees and members to staff them and determines how, but not whom, you choose to represent you on the Advisory Committee.
Your HoD Constitution and Bylaws Committee chaired by Peter Lloyd conducts a very thorough and serious investigation to determine the proposed reasons for amending these documents. They examine the need and the potential results. If they believe an action should come forward, the Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary/Editor and Peter vote to either bring the action to you on the floor of the HoD Annual Meeting or to reject it. When it moves forward to the HoD Annual Meeting, those Delegates you have chosen to represent you and your Affiliated Societies will debate the matter and vote to accept or not. For a Constitution and Bylaws amendment to pass it must garner a two-thirds affirmative vote. For an amendment to the HoD Rules and Procedures, which governs how the House conducts business, a simple majority is required for passage of an amendment that makes it to the floor.
In the coming months prior to the Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, you will see the proposed legislation publicized in numerous places for all to examine and give you time to form your opinions. If you have any question about process, procedures, and/or substance I hope you will contact one of the HoD committee chairs and/or any of your HoD officers. We will gladly listen to your thoughts and try to get any questions answered to your satisfaction. Thank you for your confidence and your valued time for issue analysis.