A Time for Change
When people say to me “but we have always done it this way” it does not bode well for an organisation that is striving to adapt to an ever changing global situation. We need to make sure that we are organised to effectively serve the petroleum geoscience community and to achieve our goal of being indispensible to that community. There are many societies around the world competing to provide products and services in the same scientific niche and the only way we will survive is to be the best and most relevant.
Officers of the HoD with the Parliamentarian, Mary Bahde and Chair of the C&BL Committee, David Entzminger
The organisation of the AAPG has grown organically over the century it has been in existence and it now requires hundreds of volunteers to run the House of Delegates, Divisions, Sections, Regions and all the subordinate committees. We have to ask ourselves whether we are organised to effectively address the challenges of the 21st Century and are we able to react quickly enough to changing circumstances. I believe that many of the changes we have recently been making to the membership application process are positioning us to more effectively serve the geoscience community, particularly students and young professionals.
Chair Jeff Lund hands over the tie of office to
Chair-Elect Randy Ray
The House of Delegates met in Long Beach on 22nd April. Attendance was good with over 80% of delegates present, unfortunately the Latin America Region was not represented. There was good discussion concerning the two changes to the AAPG Bylaws that were proposed by the Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, David Entzminger. The first motion relating to strategic planning failed and the second motion relating to membership simplification passed. Details can be found in the minutes of the meeting within the Minutes Approval Committee report.
This is my final edition of the Delegates’ Voice as Secretary/Editor of the House of Delegates. It has been an honour to serve the House and I thank all those who have contributed to the Delegates’ Voice this fiscal year. In particular I would like to thank Rob Deidrich and Gretchen Gillis for their unwavering editorial support.