I have been asked by many AAPG Members, especially Delegates, what my vision is when I become Chair. Perhaps I can give you a brief preview at this juncture, as the House of Delegates Meeting approaches.
Overall, I hope to see AAPG continue to pursue its core purpose: “to advance the science and profession of energy-related geosciences worldwide”.
As HoD Chair I will be focused on two areas:
- Bringing more “member-focus” to the role of the delegates.
My personal vision is to:
- Work as HoD Chair, and in my role as an EC Member, to embrace young professionals and students and to make the membership application process more welcoming. AAPG needs to attract all qualified geoscientists.
- Challenge the delegates to expand their role in “representing the members” and truly become the “voice of the members”. I envision the HoD becoming a more relevant positive force within AAPG if we focus on strategic issues, in addition to the historic administrative tasks of applicant review and rule change.
Chair David Hawk has invited several Young Professionals to observe the HoD Meeting in Houston. This is a result of a request they made at the Annual Leadership Days last summer in Tulsa.
The HoD Leadership is proposing Bylaws amendments regarding “Certified Member” as a new member class, a direct proposal coming from the grass roots “Future of the Divisions” breakout group at Leadership Days, and the “Student Bridge”, a request from the Membership Committee.
The HoD has the power to cause positive change for AAPG and I will strive to continue the pattern of leading, listening and acting set by David Hawk.
Our young colleagues will be watching!