The Resolutions Committee had a very successful year thanks to all the work of the committee members: David M. Miner (Vice-Chair), Peter W. Baillie, Carl Kendell, Dennis O. Moore, and Craig W. Reynolds. Although there were no new societies to review for affiliation, we spent the year taking action on the new disaffiliation rules and procedures which were set up at the 2010 HoD meeting. Eleven Affiliated Societies (AS) had not sent delegates to the HoD for at least two years. We located the societies, contacted them directly through e-mails, calls, and letters. We prepared the three letters which were sent by HoD Chair David Hawk with the assistance of the AAPG staff to the AS Presidents, Section Presidents, and our members of the Affiliated Societies.
The results were excellent. We found all 11 Affiliated Societies (AS) and had 10 in attendance at the HoD meeting in Houston. The Iowa Geological Society was the only AS that was unable to attend, and had we found and contacted them sooner, I believe we would have had 100% success! We also worked with the Society Presidents, David Hawk, and AAPG’s Donna Riggs to encourage the other AS to send delegates. We were very successful. Of the 218 potential delegates, we had only ten delegates who were unable to attend. Thanks to all who helped make this happen!
There are several things to pass on to next year’s committee. First, to follow up with the Iowa Geological Society. Second, to address the best way to handle delegate representation for our members who belong to an AS that is found to be inactive. We sat one of the inactive Miami Geological Society members as a temporary delegate to represent them in Houston, but there may be a better way to handle this. Additionally, since the Miami Geological Society is inactive, its members need to be reassigned to an active AS. Third, we need to ensure the Everglades Geological Society chooses a Section for affiliation.