Chair to the House of Delegates
Delegates are looking forward to gathering in Pittsburgh next month, and the House of Delegates will have a busy schedule on Sunday, May 19th. It is the first time in many years that the AAPG is holding the annual convention and exhibition in an eastern US city and it promises to be memorable and significant.
This month’s Delegates’ Voice is focused on providing details and background information to help prepare for the items that will be voted on in Pittsburgh. The four items for discussion and review by the House are: 1) A resolution to form a new technical division under the bylaws; 2) A resolution to move five Central Asian countries from the Asia Pacific Region to the European Region; 3) Resolutions to approve the affiliation of the Myanmar Geosciences Society and the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists with AAPG; and 4) An amendment to the bylaws to provide for flexibility to use an e-mail option for dues. The first item asks delegates to look forward and evaluate a proposal strategic to AAPG’s increasing scientific focus, the second and third items improve AAPG’s global organizational structure to better represent its members, and the fourth item is necessary housekeeping to expedite headquarters’ daily membership operations.
The top priority is the review and discussion of the proposal for a new technical division that was forwarded to the HoD by the Executive Committee. It was 1992, when the Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG), our last new division, was created. The provision in the bylaws to create a technical division falls under Article VI, Section 2. The creation of divisions is a natural way for AAPG to organize and administer activities for the benefit of its members. Although Technical Divisions are very common in other professional societies, like Geological Society of America (GSA), Geological Society of London (GSL) and American Geophysical Union (AGU), AAPG only has three divisions. These divisions are the Energy Minerals Division, Division of Environmental Geosciences, and the Division of Professional Affairs.
The proposed new division is called “Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division” (PSGD). The group is interested in aspects of structural geology including faulting, fracturing and seals which are influenced by rock mechanical properties. The PSGD would also incorporate the study of stresses and pressures at reservoir level that affect drilling and completion procedures. Peter Hennings (see his article included in this edition) and Stephen Laubach, AAPG Editor, are leaders in this group of geologists who have been meeting informally at AAPG annual meetings for over a decade. The group currently includes some 200 to 300 people who are asking to be formally recognized as a technical division. This topic has broad appeal and will attract current members as well as draw new members to AAPG from other professional disciplines with like interest. By forming the division, AAPG can lead the way in developing new science and spreading knowledge about the geomechanical behavior of rock as applied to petroleum geology. This technical group fits into AAPG’s current structure and promises to be a scientific content engine creating publications and forums.
A second resolution comes from the Executive Committee. requesting the HoD approve the move of five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the European Region from the Asia Pacific Region. This move aligns the geologic and geographic associations of members in these countries to the European Region to which they are more closely related. Exploration activities in the area have led to the discovery of giant oil fields and the geologists involved in developing and expanding the petroleum resources there are keenly interested in access to modern petroleum geoscience information that AAPG provides. The move is supported by leaders of both regions.
A third Resolution will also be presented to approve the affiliation of the Ghana Institute of Geoscientists and the Myanmar Geosciences Society with AAPG. There is continued growth and expansion of AAPG members in the areas of active petroleum exploration around the world.
A final item that will be brought forward at the HoD meeting, involves a change to the Bylaws. The request came from Vicki Beighle, manager of AAPG Member Services, and is a change in the reference in the bylaws pertaining to the collection of unpaid dues. The Constitution and Bylaws Committee has reviewed and written the necessary changes. The change falls under Article XIII. Dues, Section 3-Dues Schedule and Billing, item (f). The full language and amended wording & appears in Steve Goolsby’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee Report provided in this Delegates’ Voice.
My thanks go to the many AAPG leaders who have contributed articles to this issue of the DV. All of the officers and committee members who work in the House wanted to present a full discussion of the items coming up for vote in Pittsburgh, and of course we want all our delegates to arrive informed and prepared to vote for their represented section’s and region’s membership. Special thanks are given to Karen Glaser for preparing and gathering this important issue in time for delegates to read before the HoD meeting in Pittsburgh. See you all there!