Chair of the House of Delegates
Fellow AAPG Members, during this extremely busy time of year, putting all the reports and issues together in an agenda for the House of Delegates Annual Meeting in Houston, I paused to cough and catch my breath (I have a dandy case of the flu) and look at my computer screen. There I saw the names of one AAPG staff member after another helping the membership with the HOD, GEO-DC, Membership Committees, Public Outreach, Executive Committee, and the list goes on and on.
With the ACE approaching we really will see the fruits of the labor of Rick Fritz and the AAPG Directors, Managers, and all staff when we arrive in Houston, register and start attending meetings, talks, and exhibits. I have attended untold numbers of national meetings and have never seen a meeting so well organized, with appropriate agenda filled to the brim with more relevant and diverse learning opportunities than I have seen in the last 12 years at our AAPG Annual Meetings. Coupled with the AAPG staff is the Convention Organizing Committee, a group of volunteers, in this case from Houston, who spend days and nights preparing for us to have individually and corporately a successful enriching experience that will last beyond the few days at the Houston Convention Center.
Think of the width and depth of the geoscience topics our Association encompasses, symbolized by the number and differences of committees upon which members serve. Think of the volunteer officer, advisory, delegate and service roles that we must fill.
Consider all the communication that needs to take place and must occur to insure we are not duplicating effort or treading on other’s toes. In short, the job of implementing the policies set by the membership and maintaining our direction falls to staff. Not just any staff but rather a group of extremely caring persons who are concerned about our greater achievements, our livelihoods, our industries and our friendships as much as they care about their own positions. They truly like the members for who we are, what we do, and how we go about it.
Each staff member is an outstanding multi-tasker, committed to the growth and care of AAPG members and missions. I hope when you walk through the exhibits in Houston or wherever, you will stop and thank a proud member of the AAPG staff for their hard work and successful service to our great Association. In fact if you serve on a committee take a moment and send a thank you to the administrator who keeps that committee on an even keel. From Singapore to Pittsburgh to Cushing to Boise, Idaho, someone at Headquarters Tulsa or a Regional office knows what is happening and why or why not. This great organization and repository of scientific knowledge, research, and applications has not existed for almost 100 years by accident. It has been planned and managed by professional geoscientists and professional staff persons. We can take pride in the policies, opportunities for participation and growth and the energy progress this AAPG has spawned and will continue to do in living up to its legacy and meeting its mission.
Colleagues, I curry no favors, nor gain any advantages by bringing the above to your attention; it is something I should have done before and more often. Please join me in saying thank you to Rick Fritz and the entire AAPG staff. Further, take a moment and thank the Houston ACE Committee for their hard work and the outstanding convention they have made available for our enrichment.
HoD Delegates: Just reminders about a few things as you make your plans for the HoD meeting in Houston.
Next week you will receive the HoD agenda, proposed amendment to the AAPG Bylaws, committee reports, last year’s minutes and other important documents. Also enclosed will be an invitation to attend the HoD Reception on Saturday evening, April 9. The HoD Meeting will be early Sunday morning, April 10.
If you cannot attend the HoD meeting, please check with your alternate(s) and/or your society president about who will be your replacement. Appointees’ names should be in Headquarters before Friday, March 25. Please send to Regina Gill by email. Thank you if you have already responded and notified Regina with your appointed delegate name(s).
To find information about the HoD, officers, society delegates, copies of The Delegates’ Voice, and proposed changes to the Bylaws, please go to the AAPG website.
If you have not registered for the meeting, please refer to the convention website.
In closing, I appeal to you as a member of the Association, asking you to contact Associate members and encourage them to advance their membership to Active classification. Active members are more involved in association affairs including voting, and enjoy the personal benefits and career growth opportunities provided with this level of service and recognition. We must never lose sight of the importance of membership growth – not only for the Association but also to each individual. Membership expansion is vital to our association as well as our science; so if you know a geoscientist who does not belong to AAPG, please encourage them to join!
I am looking forward to seeing each of you in Houston.
Sunday, April 10, 2011, 7:00 a.m.
Hilton Americas - Houston
Ballroom of the Americas AB
- David H. Hawk, Chair
Jeffrey W. Lund, Chair-Elect
Patrick J. Gooding, Secretary/Editor
- Delegate registration begins at 7:00 a.m. – Coffee, Muffins, Coffee Cake and Fruit
- Call to order at 8:00 a.m., David H. Hawk, Chair
- AAPG Past Presidents
- Past Chairs of the House of Delegates
- Honorary Members of the House
- Officers of the House of Delegates
- Mary Bahde, Parliamentarian
- House Committee Chairs and Members
- AAPG Executive Committee
- AAPG Officer Candidates
- House of Delegates Officer Candidates
Campaign Speech by AAPG Officer Candidates for President-Elect
- Edward A. Beaumont
- John C. Dolson
- 2011 Convention General Chair, Stephen Levine
- AAPG President, David G. Rensink
- AAPG Executive Director, Richard D. Fritz
Association, Foundation and Division Reports
- AAPG Treasurer, James S. McGhay
- AAPG Publications, Stephen E. Laubach, Editor
- AAPG Foundation, William L. Fisher, Chair of Trustees
- Energy Minerals Division, Michael D. Campbell, President
- Division of Environmental Geosciences, Mary K. Harris, President
- Division of Professional Affairs, Daniel J. Tearpock, President
- Chair of the House, David H. Hawk
- At the Chair’s Prerogative - A Special Recognition
- Recognition of Service Award
- House Long Service Award
- Distinguished Member of the House
- Honorary Member of the House
- Investiture of House Long Service Awards
(Note: Amendments to the HoD Rules and Procedures require approval of a majority of the delegates present and voting.)
(Note: An AAPG Bylaws amendment requires a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the delegates present and voting.)
- Proposed amendments to the AAPG Bylaws:
- Article I, Sections 1 and 2, and Article XIII, Section 3, of the AAPG Bylaws and adding a new Section 6 to Article I of the AAPG Bylaws to provide for Certified Members to be a new classification of membership in AAPG, and renumbering current Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 of Article I to Sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, respectively, and
- Article XIII. Section 3, to provide for dues for Certified Members. Article I, Section 6, and Article XIII, Section 3, of the AAPG Bylaws to provide for termination of Student membership twenty-four (24) months after termination of academic enrollment and reclassification of certain students as Associates twenty-four (24) months after termination of academic enrollment.
- Article II, Section 15, of the AAPG Bylaws to provide for individuals occupying certain AAPG positions to be ineligible for certain honors and awards and for nomination to certain Association positions.
- (d) Amend all references in the AAPG Bylaws from Chair, Chairs, Vice-Chair, Vice Chairs, Chair-Elect, Co-Chair, Co-Chairs, and committeemen, whether or not capitalized and whether past or present, to Chair, Chairs, Vice Chair, Vice Chairs, Chair-Elect, Co-Chair, Co-Chairs, and committee members, respectively.
- Presentation of House Officer Candidates
- Chair-Elect – Sigrunn Johnsen and Randy Ray
- Secretary/Editor – David Cook and Jewel Wellborn
- Voting for New House Officers
- New Business, David H. Hawk
- Recognition of Incoming Chair, David H. Hawk
- Results of Election of Officers, David Dolph
- Adjournment, David H. Hawk