The Landscape Ahead – Delegates’ Vision for the Future of AAPG
The Pittsburgh ACE was an historic meeting for AAPG for several reasons: first, AAPG returned to the Eastern Section after 27 years (Atlanta in 1986), and second, a super majority of the HoD voted to create the first new AAPG technical division in over 20 years. Furthermore, all the amendments and resolutions brought before the House passed.
I want to thank all delegates for participating in the annual HoD meeting and for being prepared to address the four proposals placed before them. HoD attendance was in line with normal historical participation and delegates were energetic. The House meeting concluded well before lunch and delegates were pleased that their work proceeded so expeditiously.
As the House of Delegates transitions into its next fiscal year and new committee members and leaders assemble to begin the tasks ahead, it is a reflective time for those of us who have worked to move through this year. Although significant changes were achieved, there is much work ahead yet to be done. I believe the dialogue in the House has elevated and delegates are prepared to take on more adjustments to help AAPG move into the future.
The creation of the Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division will open the conversation about forming more technical divisions. House discussions included the desire to thoughtfully name the new division along with very strong support of the need to form the new division. There are other technical interest groups within AAPG that may come forward now that the House has acted.
Clearly, advancing science driven by technical interest groups like “Geomechanics” will draw overlapping professionals in engineering and geophysics into the group. I believe this will create the need to refine AAPG membership qualifications and the number of sponsors required for membership. Although these are HoD topics from the past, they will have renewed importance and significance now that a vibrant new technical division is in place.
This year for the first time, the HoD had Young Professional (YP) members in each committee. I expect to see more YP delegates coming from local societies in the Sections and Regions and thus more YP committee members to share in the conversations of the future. The YP movement has been growing for the last five years and is now becoming fully integrated into professional activities and leadership. HoD discussions about limiting Delegate terms and the number of consecutive terms will be important to help further expedite the transition.
Finally, I want to thank all those serving on the HoD committees and congratulate all the HoD chairs for a job well done. I also want to thank all the Delegates for their thoughtful deliberation on the issues that came before the House. I will pass leadership to the able and experienced Larry Wickstrom with my best wishes and confidence in his ability to move ahead.
It has been an honor to serve as HoD Chair. Thank you all.