Where Do We Go from Here?
Welcome to the fall issue of The Delegates’ Voice for 2012-2013. The HoD is busy at work and has numerous topics to discuss for the coming year. These include some routine modifications to the Bylaws for member payment requirements which will help expedite processes in Tulsa, as well as some continuation of the membership simplification movement from previous years. Our discussions will also include a review of the structure of AAPG Divisions and Committees, a topic that came from discussions in the Advisory Council and Executive Committee over the last two years. At present, the details are still being formulated, so I will keep you informed as they progress through the House of Delegates.
HoD 2013 Officer Candidates Selected
Recently the Nomination and Election Committee, under leadership of David Hawk, selected the slate of candidates for next year’s House of Delegates elections. The HoD Chair-Elect candidates are Paul Britt from the Gulf Coast and David Dolph from Canada. They are two well-known and experienced delegates who can serve with distinction. For HoD Secretary-Editor, the candidates are Dan Billman from the Eastern Section and Mark Rainer from the Southwest Section, both of whom bring valuable experience to the job. More information about all the candidates will be in future Delegates’ Voice editions.
Young Professionals Under-Represented in HoD
One important initiative for the House is to involve more Young Professionals in our activities. I was surprised to learn there are only seven HoD delegates under the age of 40 out of a total of over 4200. I have made it a priority to recruit more YPs, and today they are members of most of the HoD working committees. There is no better way to increase the involvement and continuity of your local geological society or region than recruiting a mid-career geologist to become involved in serving in the HoD. As we approach the November 30th membership deadline for allotment of delegates, be thinking of new faces you can send to the HoD for next year. It will make us feel vibrant to have youthful representation and create future AAPG leaders.
Science Leads AAPG to Grow Membership
As you know, AAPG President Ted Beaumont has focused on encouraging Science within AAPG. As past Science Director, Ted recognizes the fundamental importance that leading edge knowledge and creative thinking have for petroleum professionals. Emerging knowledge attracts the largest geological audience at our conferences, and many of the professional membership challenges that AAPG is experiencing can be aided by leading in scientific advancement. For example, if the AAPG Bulletin and Explorer are delivering new practical knowledge every month, how can any geologist afford to not be a member of AAPG? There are many ways that AAPG can expand the breadth of science available for its members. This can help us recruit new members everywhere in the world.
Your Technology at URTeC Conference
AAPG is at work organizing the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC - pronounced “Your Tech”) in Denver slated for August 12-14, 2013. This meeting will be a first-time event where engineers, geologists and geophysicists representing three professional societies - SPE, AAPG and SEG - are teaming up to create a “supersized” unconventional scientific and practical application conference. This is another example of advancing science in our community.
It feels like there is a strong resurgence in onshore North American activity; most obviously increased drilling and production in areas of the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas and the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. Also, emerging activity in Mississippian plays in the Mid-Continent and the Permian “Wolfberry” in West Texas. Even new activity in the Monterey Shale in California is stirring interest. All these areas are driving the need for more professional geologists.
AAPG needs to recruit new members from all these areas, and I believe fellow delegates can do a lot to help make membership growth happen. I encourage each of you to find someone at your local geological society luncheon that you may not know very well, get better acquainted and invite them to become AAPG members. Most new members are recruited by one-to-one invitations.
HoD Mid-Year Meeting – Boulder, Colorado
All the HoD committee chairs will be gathering for the mid-year working conference in Boulder, Colorado over the weekend of December 1 and 2. This is the time where we get down to the process of preparing the proposals which will be reviewed at our meeting in Pittsburgh at the 2013 AAPG Annual Convention. As we move towards “primetime” for the meeting, I am enjoying working with Chair-Elect Larry Wickstrom and Secretary-Editor Karen Glaser, who are helping to make this a successful year. I have had numerous discussions with each of the HoD committee chairs and various committee members, all of whom are working to make AAPG a dynamic and growing professional society.
Thanks to Contributors
My thanks go to all those who have submitted articles for this edition. I appreciate people setting time aside to make a contribution to The Delegates’ Voice.