- Committee Members:
- David M. Miner, Pacific - Bakersfield, CA, Vice-Chair;
- Peter W. Baillie, Asia Pacific - Singapore;
- Carl Kendell, Rocky Mountain - Layton, UT;
- Dennis O. Moore, Gulf Coast - Corpus Christi, TX;
- Craig W. Reynolds, Southwest - Wichita Falls, TX
The Resolutions Committee is responsible for outreach to Affiliated Societies and the review of new societies that wish to affiliate with AAPG. There are currently three parts to this responsibility.
First, the Committee is responsible for reviewing any Societies who have approached AAPG to become Affiliated Societies and make a recommendation to the HoD at the annual meeting as to their affiliation. This year there were no societies.
Second, the Committee is responsible for the disassociation of Affiliated Societies as per the new Rules and Procedures approved at last year’s HoD meeting in New Orleans. The first part of this responsibility is to contact those Affiliated Societies who have not sent delegates to the HoD Annual Meetings for at least two years in a row. Attendance at the HoD meeting is a responsibility of the Affiliated Society so that their members are represented in the AAPG’s business. It is also a means to ascertain if an Affiliated Society is still active.
- The Committee attempted to contact 11 societies that did not send delegates the past two years.
Additionally, as per the Rules & Procedures, if the Affiliated Society does not respond to the Resolutions Committee’s contacts within six months, Section III.A.1.e.2 directs the Chair of the House to certain actions to encourage appropriate representation of AAPG Active members at the House annual meeting. These actions are to send “three personal letters, (1) to the Affiliated Society to encourage its participation, (2) to the appropriate Section President to request its involvement, and (3) to the members within the jurisdiction of that Society to advise them that they are not represented and to invite their attention to this matter.”
The Committee prepared the three letters, and Chair Hawk sent them out.
The results of the Committee contacts, the letters sent by Chair Hawk, and the follow up by the Committee and AAPG staff are currently as follows:
- 11 Societies were contacted regarding disassociation.
- 7 Societies are sending delegates as of this report
- 2 Societies are close and will be notifying us shortly. They are the Everglades Geological Society and the Professional Geologists of Indiana
- 2 Societies have been contacted but have not yet responded with a delegate, but we are talking with them. They are the Geologic Society of Iowa and the Southeastern Geological Society.
We have had good success in getting delegates from formerly non-attending societies to come to Houston. At least 7 out of 11 societies are now sending delegates, and we are hopeful of getting 100% with Everglades’, Indiana’s, Iowa’s and Southeastern’s delegates filled by meeting time.
Third, prior to the Annual Meeting on April 10, 2011, the Committee is contacting the other Affiliated Societies who have not yet provided AAPG staff with a list of their delegates who will attend the meeting. The goal is to have as many delegates present as possible and to encourage the societies to send their delegates. The Committee is working with Chair Hawk, who per the new Bylaws has contacted the Section Presidents to appoint a delegate for those societies that do not yet have one. We are also working with Donna Riggs and Regina Gill of the AAPG staff to ensure that missing delegates are found to attend the meeting. As of this report, we have all but North Dakota and believe they will be sending someone.
Future Business: Currently, only three possible societies, the Everglades Geological Society, the Southeastern Geological Society and the Geologic Society of Iowa, may be passed to the next year’s committee to pursue the next phase of disassociation. We hope this will not be necessary by meeting time. It appears that Everglades will be sending a delegate, and we hope Southeastern and Iowa will also be represented. As the Miami Geological Society is inactive, those AAPG members attached to Miami will need to be asked where they would like to be reassigned. Additionally, the Everglades Geological needs to consider a new Region, perhaps the Eastern Region, as GCAGS has decided not to include them in their group of societies.
I wish to thank all of my Committee Members, Chair Hawk, and the AAPG staff, especially Donna Riggs and Regina Gill.