What is Required to Form a New Division?
This issue of the Delegates’ Voice is focused on discussion and background about the EC proposal to form a new technical division. As mentioned elsewhere, the formation of technical divisions is an integral part of our Constitution and Bylaws. The formation of a new division does not require any Bylaws changes, but does require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the delegates voting in the annual meeting. The relevant section of the Bylaws is Article VI, Section 2, which reads as follows.
Technical Divisions may be established, provided that the members interested perfect an organization and make application to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall submit the application with its recommendations to a vote at an annual meeting of the House of Delegates, an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Delegates present and voting being necessary for the establishment of such a Division. In like manner, the Association may dissolve a Division by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Delegates present and voting at an annual meeting of the House of Delegates. A Technical Division may have its own officers, and it may have its own Constitution and Bylaws provided that, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, these do not conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to make arrangements with the officers of the Division for the conduct of the business of the Division. Technical Divisions may affiliate with other scientific societies, with the approval of the Executive Committee.
I hope that you read the various articles in this edition and speak with your AAPG colleagues about this matter, and come to Pittsburgh ready to discuss and vote.