Secretary/Editor House of Delegates
This second issue of The Delegates’ Voice, along with future issues, will be e-mailed to all members of the House of Delegates representing Affiliated Societies and International Regions throughout the world and to all active AAPG members. It will also be posted on the AAPG HoD website.
To address HoD business, David Hawk, our chair, summoned HoD Leadership, HoD Committee Chairs, AAPG Leadership and 2011-12 HoD candidates to Boise, Idaho for a mid-year meeting on November 10-14, 2010. Present at the meeting were: David Hawk-HoD Chair, Jeff Lund-HoD Chair-Elect and Patrick Gooding-Secretary/Editor. Also present were chairs Peter Lloyd-Constitution and Bylaws, Steven Cumella-Honors and Awards, David Dolph-Nominations and Election, Jeanne Harris-Resolutions, Sandi Barber-Rules and Procedures, Ed Heath, George Bole and Larry Jones-Ad Hoc Action Evaluation, David Rensink-AAPG President, John Lorenz- AAPG Advisory Council, and Randy Ray and Sigrunn Johnsen Candidates for HoD Chair-Elect.
Prior to the start of discussions, attendees viewed a program on the geology of the North-Western United States followed by discussion. Leadership bonding, at each individual’s own expense, was accomplished on a trip to the Snake River Canyon where we observed the geology while casting a line for steelhead trout. By the end of the day, much camaraderie had developed and the resulting friendships fostered excellent working relationships during the course of meetings that followed. Additional presentations were made to the group by two geology professors from Boise State University on the geology of Idaho and surrounding states.
Committees made up of a diverse group of 56 experienced individuals from throughout the U.S. and the World, representing every section and four regions served on nine committees, reviewed issues that they were charged with resolving. They spent considerable time prior to the mid-year meeting extensively studying and debating some challenging issues and developing solutions for those issues. Committee chairs presented their findings to the entire group in Boise, who then discussed and deliberated the matter exhaustively before coming to final conclusions in a positive atmosphere. These dedicated individuals worked diligently for the betterment of AAPG and its future and the profession, both prior to and throughout the course of the meeting. Following any corrections, modifications or revisions, the HoD leadership consisting of Hawk, Lund and Gooding, along with the chair of the committee in some instances, voted yes or no to bring the issue to the full house for consideration at the upcoming annual meeting. In all instances the vote was unanimous. Throughout the course of the meeting John Lorenz and Dave Rensink discussed the AAPG Strategic Plan and the vision of AAPG in the future. George Bole, Ed Heath and Larry Jones gave us the benefit and insight of their wisdom and many years’ experience.
The HoD Newsletter committee is made up of me, Patrick Gooding (Eastern Section), Chair and Vice-chairs Rob Dledrich (Rocky Mountain Section), David Hawk (Rocky Mountain Section) and Jeffrey Lund (Gulf Coast Section). Chairs of HoD committees have submitted reports for this issue of The Delegates’ Voice, resulting from the mid-year meeting for your review. In addition, HoD 2011-12 Candidate Biographies for Chair-Elect and Secretary/Editor are included to allow you to become more familiar with the four candidates.
Everyone is encouraged to write an article or to become more active and voluntarily submit your ideas, an opinion, a story or a comment to my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. By active participation, all Delegates have the opportunity to assist the House in accomplishing more and achieving greater success in attaining the goals of the organization. Your specific knowledge or differing viewpoint could result in positive change. Rather than just talking about the issues, become active in resolving them. Let your voices be heard! It could result in effective changes resulting in continued success of AAPG into the future.
The HoD mid-year meeting was very informative and enlightening and, as a result, successful, achieving much progress. David Hawk and his wife, Bonnie, did an excellent job hosting the meeting. Attendees had an opportunity to tour Boise and dine at some of its finest restaurants while sampling its ethnic foods and local wines and learning about local culture. Thanks to Regina Gill for all of her hard work. She is truly appreciated by members of the House.