the House of Delegates
Volume 2, Number 2 February
Keystone Oil & Gas,
Inc., One Williamsburg Place, Ste. 110, Warrendale, PA 15086, Phone (412)
934-4100 Ext. 112 and Fax (412) 934-2219
Newsletter provides a forum to exchange and discuss ideas, issues
and concerns of the membership. This month continues to highlight the
new slate of HOD Officers for election at the Salt Lake City HOD Meeting
in May 1998 and presents discussion on important issues from the responsive
survey of the October Newsletter. It also contains a status report of
the Ad-Hoc Elected Editor Committee. Editor
By Dan L. Smith, Chairperson
I am pleased
and somewhat amazed at the enthusiasm of so many delegates working diligently
on the eight standing and three ad hoc committees of the House. A list
of committee members is enclosed with this newsletter. Their dedication
to getting the job done on many complex issues is very gratifying. The
following is a summary of important activities:
- An Ad Hoc
Committee on AAPG membership has been formed, for the purpose of coordinating
efforts to change the sponsoring requirements for Active membership
and resolving the "Junior Seven" problem that allows for lifetime Junior
Members. Jeff Greenawalt has summarized the results of the delegate
poll regarding these and other matters in this newsletter.
As to the
sponsor requirement issue, the problem is to provide a procedure for
dealing with the situation in which an applicant for Active membership
has not known for at least one year three members who would be willing
to sponsor the applicant. Thus, the applicant is unable to secure
three sponsors as requested by the application form. The ad hoc committee
has suggested a plan which would resolve the problem without requiring
a change to the bylaws.
I have requested and received from legal council a five page document
which "covers the territory." Space does not allow for a full technical
explanation in this newsletter, which would be a bit premature anyway.
I have referred the document to the subject HOD committee and also
to the AAPG standing Committee on Membership. I shall request a full
report at the annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
- A controversial
and emotionally charged issue pertains to the current method of electing
the AAPG Bulletin Editor. I have established an HOD ad hoc committee
to interact with other interested entities of the AAPG to study this
issue and coordinate proposed changes. Tom Mairs is Chairperson and
presents a dialogue in this newsletter to fully inform delegates about
the situation. This committee is working with an Advisory Council ad
hoc committee to study the current system. At the annual meeting in
May, delegates may vote on proposals, so please be informed.
- At the 1997
annual meeting in Dallas, the House voted unanimously to approve the
final report of the International Representation Committee which proposed
the creation of six international regions and provided for election
of delegates from these areas. The report also included a plan to restructure
the Advisory Council to be more representative of the Association membership
with respect to Sections and Regions.
and By-laws Committee has completed their work to translate these
changes into specific amendments to the by-laws. Legal council has
approved the legality of these changes. Other amendments ready for
your vote include changing the word "geology" to "geoscience" in the
terminology of requirements for Active membership, changing the term
of AAPG Chairpersons from one year to three years and handling several
minor housekeeping items. In compliance with the by-laws, all amendments
will be published in the March issue of the Explorer.
- Other important
HOD committee work in progress, which may produce recommendations for
your consideration, will come from the Honors and Awards, Future of
Earth Sciences, and Resolutions Committees. The Rules and Procedures
Committee will determine if any of the proposed amendments will affect
their document. Also a comprehensive report will be presented at the
annual meeting by the joint HOD and DPA Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics.
Some of these topics will be covered in the next newsletter.
20 YEARS AGO
HOD CREATES EMD IN NATION'S
met in Washington, D.C. on 12 June 77 in a public atmosphere of negativism
(bordering on hostility) directed toward the petroleum industry. AAPG,
the profession and the oil and gas industry were doing well; however,
enjoying a startling recovery from the long decline of 1957-72. Vice Chair
John C. Duncan called the 110 delegates to order in the absence of Chairman
John W. James who was unable to attend.
The most significant
product of the meeting was the establishment of a new technical division,
the Energy Minerals Division. The resolution passed unanimously (over
500 had already applied for Founding Membership).
Fred A. Dix, Jr., reported that the Weeks Tower was almost ready for occupancy
(a wonderful act of philanthropy benefiting all AAPG members).
Frank C. Crawford,
Chair of the AAPG Committee on Conventions reported that a number of the
entertainment events had to be modified due to several last minute political
cancellations. (Was this poor treatment, as Duncan later speculated, at
least part of the reason AAPG never returned to D.C. for our Annual Meeting?)
elected for 1977-78 were Harry A. Miller, Jr. (Chair), Clyde Harrison
(Vice-Chair) and J. Miller Goodger succeeding Dudley W. Bolyard as Recording
itself "was one of harmony and accomplishment" (J. C. Duncan 1997 personal
correspondence to H. G. Davis) even if the outside world was in economic
turmoil. (U. S. President Jimmy Carter stated that the energy crisis would
cause a national catastrophe unless Americans reacted with the "moral
equivalent of war.")
by Patrick J.F. Gratton from the House of Delegates History 1970-1995,
George R. Gibson and Herbert G. Davis, compilers/editors.
AD-HOC ELECTED EDITOR COMMITTEE:
By Tom Mairs, Chairman Elect
Dan Smith reported in the October 1997 Newsletter, a controversial
issue which seems to be gaining momentum amongst the membership ranks
is the current method of appointing, rather than electing, the AAPG Editor.
The Editor is our Association's technical leader and is probably the most
difficult and time-consuming volunteer position on the Executive Committee.
With the exception of the monthly AAPG Explorer, the Elected Editor
is responsible for all AAPG publications. Although the current By-laws
(Article II, Section 10) allow for the recommendation of two (2) candidates
by the Advisory Council, and approval by the Executive Committee for a
slate of two (2) candidates to stand for election, the fact is that during
the past 26 years the candidate for Editor has run unopposed. As a general
rule, the nominee is usually recommended by the outgoing Editor and comes
from the ranks of Associate Editors who have been appointed by the Editor
and approved by the Executive Committee. The last Editor to have an opponent
in an election was John Haun, 1967-1971, who ran against Jim Peterson.
Shortly thereafter, the By-law pertaining to the Editor election was changed
from the mandatory two (2) candidates to stipulate the nomination and
approval of one (1) or more candidates. Reportedly, the system was changed
due to the difficulty in always finding two (2) qualified volunteers who
were willing to run. Democracy or Autocracy? Some members consider
this method to be autocratic and would prefer a more democratic method.
On the other hand, since the Editor has such considerable responsibility
and strenuous work schedule, the candidates must be carefully considered
to assure continuity and excellence in the Bulletin, and some think
the current method has several advantages in accomplishing these goals.
In an effort
to evaluate some of the members' concerns regarding the process of election
of the AAPG Editor, the Advisory Council, under the leadership of Chairman
Toby Carleton, formed an Ad Hoc Committee in May 1996. The Committee,
consisting of John Hogg, Chairman (Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists),
Ron Hart, Member (Tulsa Geological Society), and Terry Hollrah, Ex-Officio
Member (Oklahoma City Geological Society) was charged with reviewing the
current make-up of the Executive Committee and to make recommendations
concerning the future direction and role of the Editor position on the
AAPG Executive Committee. The Committee has worked diligently throughout
1996-97 acquiring insight and opinions from Executive Committee Members,
former AAPG Editors, HOD Members and At Large Members. During the Executive
Committee Meeting held at the GCAGS Section Meeting in New Orleans on
October 15, 1997, the Ad Hoc Committee, with approval from the Advisory
Council, presented the following suggested changes to the AAPG Editor
The Executive Committee,
following much discussion and consideration, did not accept the recommended
changes and they were referred back to the Ad Hoc Committee with instructions
to provide more background information and to further communicate with all
- The position
of Editor AAPG should be an elected position serving one term of either
two or three years in which nominations for the position are reviewed
by the Advisory Council/Nominations Committee and names of four to six
members are recommended to the Executive Committee for the Election.
- The AAPG Editor
position assumes a redefined role within the AAPG. The current position
of AAPG Editor also carries the responsibility of the position of Senior
Editor, AAPG Bulletin. We would suggest that the AAPG Editor
and Senior Editor, AAPG Bulletin should be separate positions:
i) the AAPG Editor, the elected member of the Executive Committee with
responsibilities for all AAPG publications and; ii) the Senior Editor
AAPG Bulletin be an assigned position, renewable by the Executive
Committee on a two year basis with no time limit on the position.
At the request
of Chairman Smith, I have agreed to chair an Ad Hoc Elected Editor Committee
for the HOD, which will consist of John R. Hogg (Canadian Society of Petroleum
Geology), Terry L. Hollrah (Oklahoma City Geological Society), Neil F.
Hurley, Editor, (Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists), S.M. "Clint"
Moore (Houston Geological Society) and Pete R. Rose (Austin Geological
Society), and two former editors, Richard Steinmetz and Kevin T. Biddle.
Our responsibilities will be to interact with other involved AAPG entities
to study the Elected Editor issues and to be responsive in keeping the
HOD advised on the progress status. Hopefully, this will lead us to a
conclusion and recommendation which will benefit the entire AAPG Membership.
This Committee is built of members well versed in the current system and
the issues at hand.Some of the critical issues that need to be studied
to influence the Committee's decision for the recommended change in the
I will keep you
updated on the progress of the Committee through future Newsletters, and
should you have constructive ideas or comments, please contact me at 
265-9533 or fax  692-9621.
- What are the
tangible benefits to the AAPG membership in changing the current system
as stipulated in the By-laws?
- Should the
AAPG membership have the final say in electing an Editor?
- Why was the
two (2) candidate system deemed impractical and changed by our predecessors?
- Is it desirable
to add another member, Editor In Chief, to the editorial process, as
recommended by the Advisory Council?
- Would the
Bulletin's Senior Editor be satisfied in not being a member of the Executive
- Should the
AAPG Explorer be under the auspices of the Editor serving on the Executive
- Is the current
system working well and serving the needs of AAPG membership, and if
so, should the current By-laws be amended to allow the Editor to be
appointed by the Executive Committee?
By John R. Hogg, Chairman Advisory
Council's Elected Editor Ad Hoc Committee
that the AAPG Elected Editor position has been an appointed position,
by the Executive Committee was the principle reason for the formation
of the Advisory Council's Ad Hoc Committee at the final meeting of the
Advisory Council during the AAPG Annual Meeting in San Diego in May of
1996. Once our Ad Hoc Committee was formed, the three of us took it upon
ourselves to review the Constitution and By-laws of our Association and
found that the actions of the Executive Committee were in violation of
the current By-laws. The Executive Committee currently sends the new Editor's
name to the Nominating Committee, for the upcoming "election" of the AAPG
Our second charge
was to review the position of the Elected Editor and we found through
our investigations that there are parts of the AAPG infrastructure that
currently have no member overview (AAPG Explorer and the Internet
Home Page, Geobyte) because the current role of the Editor
has no capacity to oversee these portions of our Association.
that were not accepted by the Executive Committee in the fall were simply
to: 1) have the Executive Committee follow the By-laws of the Association
by sending their nominations for AAPG Editor through the normal process;
2) having the AAPG Elected Editor "elected" by putting forward two names
for the election; and 3) asking the Executive Committee to review the
current position with the potential changes to the position that would
allow all printed aspects of the AAPG to be placed under the AAPG Editor
and in harmony with the Executive Committee, which would appoint a Senior
Editor for the AAPG Bulletin.
By Neil Hurley, AAPG Editor
is one of the society's most difficult volunteer jobs. The Editor has
substantial one-on-one contact at a high scientific level with many members
(for example, authors, Associate Editors, reviewers), and with many other
members who are the readers of AAPG Bulletin and the society's
books. Presently, AAPG's books and journals are the premier publications
in the field. The Editor needs to keep it that way. The job is not an
honorary job, and it is generally not a "stepping stone" to higher positions
within AAPG. It is a tough job, and AAPG must be very careful in the selection
For a number
of years, there has been only one candidate for Editor, and that candidate
has been recommended by the outgoing Editor. The Editor serves a term
of two years, renewable to four years. The selection process and the duties
of the Editor are now being reviewed, and this will provide a welcome
examination of existing practices. The purpose of this article is to list
the qualifications of a successful Editor and to summarize the duties
of the AAPG Editor at present. The preceeding article is being written
from my viewpoint as Elected Editor for the past six months, and as an
Associate Editor for the last several years.
Bishop (1984), a good journal editor should:
Because most members
are unaware of the duties of the Editor, I thought I would summarize them
- Have an established
record of published research. Preferably, publications should include
materials in AAPG books and/or the AAPG Bulletin.
- Be currently
active in research. Such a person will know where new, exciting work
is being done and by whom.
- Be reasonably
well organized. Administrative support goes a long way to help with
- Have tact,
diplomacy and good judgment. These are important skills which are needed
in the selection of referees, analyses of reviewer's comments and examination
of revised manuscripts.
- Have a sense
of humor. Sometimes a light touch is needed to deal with rejections,
conflicts and abusive comments.
- Be at an appropriate
stage in their careers. That is, the Editor should be a scientist who
is committed to the job, and is happy, secure and productive in his
or her present position.*
If you examine the
qualifications listed for a successful editor, and you consider the duties
of the Elected Editor, there is a relatively small number of AAPG members
suited for the job. The new Editor is commonly selected from the group of
Associate Editors because of their track record and their demonstrated commitment
to the job. Because this is such an important position, many people feel
the outgoing Elected Editor is in the best position to recommend a successor.
The outgoing Elected Editor has seen hundreds of reviews during a four year
period, and he or she is best able to judge the effectiveness, commitment
and scientific diversity of possible successors.
- Select peer
reviewers for 100 to 150 papers per year. This involves first scanning
the paper to make sure it is suitable for AAPG Bulletin. Next, the Editor
searches a database of nearly 2,000 reviewers, including 48 Associate
Editors, to find suitable reviewers. One or two Associate Editors and
four to six other reviewers are chosen for each paper. The Managing
Editor and AAPG staff locate three reviewers from this list, and they
handle the papers during the review process.
- When three
reviews are received for a given paper, the Elected Editor decides whether
to accept or reject the paper. If it is accepted, there may be major,
moderate or minor revisions. Another category is cannot be accepted
in present form. Such papers are returned to the authors for major revision,
after which they are re-examined by a reviewer and the Editor. The Elected
Editor compiles reviews and informs the authors of the status of their
papers. This is a difficult step which requires a minimum of one to
three hours of work for the average paper. More work is necessary for
papers which need major revisions or rejection.
- The Elected
Editor, Science Director, Managing Editor and Publications Committee
work together to deal with book proposals. Proposals are sent to experts
in the field who give their opinions on the timeliness, organization
and significance of the topic. The Elected Editor compiles the reviews
and decides whether to accept or reject the proposal.
- When finished
book materials are submitted, the Elected Editor finds reviewers, compiles
the reviews and gives final approval for publication.
- The Elected
Editor serves on the Executive Committee. As a duty of this office,
the Editor attends four meetings per year to deal with a wide variety
of issues that affect AAPG.
Some AAPG publications
do not presently come under the wing of the Editor. AAPG Explorer
is the prime example. The web page and the journal published by the Division
of Environmental Geosciences are other examples. Because the science which
appears in AAPG Explorer and the web page is not peer-reviewed,
this has traditionally been the responsibility of the AAPG Director and
It is true that
the range of AAPG's publications has expanded with the advent of the electronic
age. It is also true that the By-laws call for a more democratic process
in the nomination and selection of an Elected Editor. For this reason,
I look forward to working with this new committee to improve the selection
process without compromising the quality of the candidates put forward
for this important task.
OFFICER CANDIDATES FOR THE
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
By Jeff Greenawalt
each candidate to write a 250 word response to the following questions:
what it means to be an officer candidate, what influenced them to become
a petroleum geologist and what are some interests other than petroleum
geology. In the October Newsletter you read details about their AAPG activities
and career experiences. This response conveys a more personal dimension
to our HOD Officer Candidates.
CANDIDATES FOR CHAIRMAN ELECT,
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
John R. Hogg
John R. Hogg, Candidate for Chairman-Elect, House of Delegates
nominated to run for the position of Chairman-Elect of the House of Delegates
is indeed a great honor. I've been a member of the House since 1986 and
personally witnessed dramatic changes in the role the House plays within
AAPG affairs. Having served as chairman or a member of almost every House
standing committee, chairing two Ad-Hoc committees and serving as Recording
Secretary, I believe that I have the knowledge and understanding the role
of Chairman-Elect of the House and the influence that the House has in
the direction of our Association.
I was always
an avid rock collector, as a child living on the northern shores of Lake
Ontario I spent many summer days scouring the cobble beaches for "great
looking rocks", much to the chagrin of my parents. When I entered university
my major interest was chemistry and my first year elective was geology!
Within months, or at least by the end of my first field trip, I was hooked
on a science that became my career and passion. Every day is a great day
to work on geology and be a geologist.
time is committed to family. My children, Sarah and Logan, are eight and
six respectively, and I cherish spending as much of every day with them
as I can. My other principle enjoyments in life are: quite time with my
wife, Amy; cross country running in Calgary's wonderful Elbow River Valley;
hard-science, science fiction novels; and electronic gadgets of all makes
Pete Rose, Candidate for Chairman-Elect, House of Delegates
my DPA 3-year presidential succession I saw how AAPG really works. We've
got some long-standing problems to rectify:
Recent AAPG officers
and representatives have begun addressing these problems. Many people-including
me-think legislative revisions are key to effecting positive, permanent
change. That's why I agreed to be Constitution and By-laws Committee Chairman,
and also why I agreed to run for Chairman-Elect of the HOD.
control and more benefits to the membership;
and making equitable the budget/accounting process;
membership control over comprehensive editorial policy;
- making Tulsa
headquarters more unified and service-oriented;
a more professional outlook among AAPG members.
in geology first began as part of my Eagle Scout training. At summer camp,
a counselor presented the rocks and minerals portion of the geology merit
badge. After this, I knew I wanted to be a geologist. This early influence
ultimately resulted in degrees in geology at UT, Austin and a life-long
sustaining career for which I am grateful.
The light of my life is my wife, Alice. We married about eight years ago,
and settled in Austin. Between us we have five children, all college graduates
(all employed!) We enjoy our little ranch in the Texas Hill Country. I'm
an avid reader and a sometimey guitar-picker.
has been good to me - fascinating work, rewarding profession, generous
recognition, friends all over the world. Who could ask for more?
I want to continue
putting something back in the pot.
CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY-EDITOR,
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Jean R. Lemmon
Jean R. Lemmon, Candidate for Secretary-Editor, House of Delegates
It is an honor
to be nominated for an office in the House of Delegates. I've been pondering
my feelings for several weeks and am excited at the prospect of being
elected and getting to work. At the same time, I feel the responsibility
for agreeing to commit my time and energy into the position. It is a little
bit like the day I got married: I was happy and confident, yet in the
back of my mind was the thought, "What have I done?" I am pleased to report
that more than 20 years later I am still happily married. Now, I'm not
implying that I want to commit to be Secretary-Editor of the House of
Delegates for 20 years, but I certainly will be fully committed for a
I grew up in
Raton, New Mexico, and spent much of my time hiking and camping in the
mesa country. I collected arrowheads and turquoise beads and surveyed
rock art sites. I went to college with every intention of becoming an
archaeologist, but switched majors after spending the fall of 1974 in
the field with a geology class. The rest, is history. My education focused
on field work in the Rockies, but during the oil boom we moved to Tulsa
where I went to work in the Oil Patch.
I cook gourmet meals with my husband, play Renaissance music on recorders
and krumhorns, and take care of two sons, two aquaria, and look after
one snake, backyard birds, and a dog and cat.
Valary L. Schulz
Valary L. Schulz, Candidate for Secretary-Editor, House of Delegates
was cool, the sun was shining clear, and by standing in the smoke of the
smudge, the black flies could be momentarily avoided. This scene played
on an outcrop in northern Saskatchewan during the summer my father took
me along as a field assistant and cook in his bush camp. I was then convinced
that a geologist's life would be one of variety, and ripe with youthful
expectation and excitement.
Ten years and
two countries later, having earned a degree and experience in hard-rock
geology, I arrived in Dallas to be re-treaded as a petroleum geologist.
How fortunate for me that as the zenith of the last boom was approaching,
there were numerous training opportunities, presented by AAPG and the
Dallas Geological Society. I will always be grateful to my manager at
the time for introducing me to the DGS and AAPG, and encouraging my participation.
It is only because of those organizations and my involvement in them that
I have been able to expand, and continue to enjoy the variety and excitement
engendered in this industry.
The people I've
met through my association with the local society, and at the national
level, have been like family. The support and encouragement I've received
from them, from my children and immediate family has been gratifying.
to be a candidate to our legislative body, the HOD, and I seize the opportunity
to partially repay the debt of gratitude I feel to the preeminent petroleum
geological organization, and eagerly anticipate that pleasure.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIVE SURVEY
FROM OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
By Jeff Greenawalt
survey was sent to 722 members. All delegates received the survey and
some were sent to past Chairmen of the House of Delegates and current
and past Executive Committee Members. We received 213 surveys back as
of December 8, 1997, representing a 30% response rate. There were 15 questions
presented in the survey. The questions were grouped under three membership
committee proposals and there were three questions on ethics. Questions
could be answered: yes, no or undecided, and percentage breakdowns were
calculated for each. Some respondents chose not to answer. The percentage
breakdowns were not materially effected by no answer responses. Margins
varied with a low of 12% and a high of 85%.
Proposal #1 discussed changing the number of Active member sponsors. The
results of this question group indicate that current Active membership
requirements should remain. However, respondents did indicate that if
changes occur they would prefer changes to allow Active membership candidates
to provide a combination of references and sponsors totaling three.
Proposal #2 discussed changes to the Junior membership category. Respondents
indicated strongly (91%) that the current arrangement that allows for
lifetime Junior members should be changed.
Proposal #3 discussed difficulties in fulfilling three sponsors for international
membership candidates. Respondents favor allowing Active membership candidates
outside the United States the option to provide references as opposed
The final group
of questions concerned ethics and possible changes to the AAPG By-Laws
and Code of Ethics. There were three questions presented and for each
question respondents indicated that changes should be made to improve
the AAPG By-Laws and Code of Ethics regarding unethical behavior.
The survey was
a useful tool to focus responses on specific issues and promote debate.
The knowledge brought forth in the various responses will help in resolving
these issues. I have summarized what I thought were the primary conclusions.
If anyone would like a detailed tabulation, please contact me at: Keystone
Oil & Gas, Inc., One Williamsburg Place, Suite 110, Warrendale, PA 15086,
or by phone at  934-4112 or fax at  934-2219.
By Jeff Greenawalt, Secretary-Editor
newsletter will be mailed in April, 1998. The holiday season and a drilling
schedule prevented this issue from being mailed in December. If you would
like to serve on the Newsletter Committee or have an HOD item of interest
for publication, please contact me. My address, phone and fax numbers
are listed on the front of the Newsletter. Constructive criticism is also
C.T., 1984, How to Edit a Scientific Journal: ISI Press, Philadelphia,