Nomination and Election Committee
I am honored to be selected by the Chair of the House of Delegates, Randy Ray, to serve as the Chair of the HoD Nomination and Election Committee. Our task is to select two nominees for Chair-Elect and Secretary-Editor from a group of highly qualified candidates. The nominees will be presented to the full House in Pittsburgh for election.
I would like to share a few thoughts about the House and the work of our AAPG Committees. The House of Delegates is but one arm of the governance of AAPG. It is the most immediate and direct link to the Affiliated Societies, which are the second most important spoke in the wheel that gives strength and stability to AAPG. The most important spoke is the individual Member. The number of Members in an affiliated society or unaffiliated and assigned to a society, determine how many Delegates to the House that society will have. Through this process, and through their individual voice, each Member has input into every decision regarding the Constitution and Bylaws which govern AAPG.
Members, as opposed to Students or Associates, also have the right to vote for additional representation for President, Vice-President of Region (International) or Section (Domestic), Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor, and also for a person to represent their Section or Region on the Advisory Council.
In addition, those who serve on committees are always looking for additional Students, Associates, and Members to serve and chair AAPG and Division committees. The benefits of service flow two ways, if not more. As an organization, AAPG benefits as the Executive Committee has designated the mission and purpose of the committees necessary. Through service, Members can broaden their contact base, geologic knowledge, and technical skills. Simply by voting, expressing your point-of-view, and serving on a committee, one person can have tremendous impact on the actions and direction AAPG takes. This is particularly important as we address issues of growth, global opportunities, scientific research and applications during economic ups and downs.
We have received a tremendous legacy that comes with a responsibility, but not one to sit on, to grow globally and quite proudly into the premier geoscience applied and research organization worldwide.