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Volume 2, Number 4
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In this issue:
Newsletter provides a forum to exchange and discuss ideas, issues
and concerns of the membership. This month presents discussion on issues
voted upon at the Salt Lake City Annual HOD Meeting, year end reports
from the DPA, EMD and DEG Divisions and an introduction of the new HOD
officers for 1998-1999. Editor
REPORT FROM THE SALT LAKE CITY HOD ANNUAL MEETING RETURN
By Jeff Greenawalt, Secretary-Editor
The Salt Lake
City meeting was characterized by a diverse agenda. It was a successful
and energetic meeting with excellent dialogue and discussion resulting
in forward progress on several important issues.
The new HOD officers
for 1998-1999 are Tom Mairs, Chairman, John Hogg, Chairman-elect,
and Jean Lemmon, Secretary-Editor. I know they are anxious to begin
their year and the HOD will benefit greatly from their leadership and
direction. Pete Rose and Valary Schulz were opposing candidates
and I wish to thank them for their desire to serve.
Smith has documented specific items discussed and voted upon at the
meeting in the following "Chair Notes" and "What's Next"
articles for your review.
Committee, with this issue, published four newsletters in 1997-98. I would
like to thank Committee Members: Mel Erskine, Pat Gratton,
Valary Schulz, Deborah Sacrey, Jim Mullarkey and
also the delegates who contributed various articles. I appreciated the
support and willingness to contribute. The Newsletter was designed
to provide a forum for discussion and communication and I feel we accomplished
that goal. I would like to thank Larry Nation and his staff at
AAPG headquarters for making the Newsletter available on the AAPG
website. I extend my sincere appreciation to Donna Riggs and her
staff for the timely publication and mailing of our Newsletter.
Your service and supportive spirit are invaluable. I also would like to
thank Regina Gill for transcribing the minutes from the annual
To finish my
term as HOD Secretary-Editor, I would like to thank the delegates for
allowing me this opportunity to serve the HOD, to learn and to grow.
By Dan L. Smith, Chairman
Well, I have
mixed feelings. Is it "Ye-Haw" or "Darn!"? Here we
are at the end of the AAPG year. It has been a tough one for the House
of Delegates, but on the other hand, in many ways I regret that it is
over. By the time you receive this newsletter, Tom Mairs will be
your Chairman and the new Executive Committee will have already had its
Where do we go
from here? There is a saying: "Things turn out the best for the people
who make the best out of the way things turn out". I have summarized
the results of the Salt Lake City Annual Meeting in a separate column
in this newsletter. The best news is that the "Blue Ribbon"
Committee on Constitutionality and Bylaw Amendment Process has answered
the charge sooner than expected with all 12 members endorsing the recommendations
to the Executive Committee. Here they are:
of Legality-"Legality" as set out in Section 2, Article
XIV of the Bylaws should be interpreted literally. The Executive Committee's
determination of Legality for proposed Bylaw Amendments should be "limited
to the mechanical process as outlined in the Bylaws." It should not
include "a broader responsibility which includes a consideration
of the intent, purposes and spirit of the Association and all of its governing
documents." (Quote from COCBAP charge.)
Changes-The following recommendations are designed to a) improve communication
about proposed Constitution and Bylaw amendments ("amendments"),
and b) potentially cause amendments to be in more of a consensus form
before they are debated and voted upon in the HOD.
A. Require opinions
from AC, EC and HOD on resolutions for amendments. Opinions must be submitted
by September 30 of each year to the Constitution and Bylaw Committee of
HOD in order to be considered by the HOD at the Annual Meeting. An opinion
is not necessary from the body which originated resolution for amendment,
but submission of the rationale leading to the resolution would be in
order and helpful. (Example: If a resolution for amendment came from EC,
EC would not submit an opinion, but AC and HOD could submit an opinion.)
Envisioned choices for opinion include 1) no opinion, 2) recommend passage,
3) recommend passage with specified changes, and 4) recommend defeat.
B. HOD should
publish all resolutions for amendments, which have passed the HOD, within
30 days of conclusion of HOD meeting. Suggested means of publication include:
delegate newsletter, notification to EC and AC, notice to International
Liaison Committee, and any other group identified as affected by proposed
and Bylaw Committee of HOD shall consult with other interested groups
during preparation of wording on proposed amendments. Interested groups
must submit views by October 30. If alternate views are identified, Constitution
and Bylaw Committee shall publish such views with proposed amendments.
Interested groups must submit views by October 30. If alternate views
are identified, Constitution and Bylaw Committee shall publish such views
with proposed amendment.
Amendment-The EC should pass a resolution proposing a constitutional
amendment. The proposed amendment would prevent any one body (AC, EC,
or HOD) from proposing amendments which would "alter the composition,
manner of selection, the terms of office, the specific duties, responsibilities,
and other matters relevant to such bodies and officers" without the
consent of the affected body. This resolution for amendment should be
submitted to HOD, and if passed by a majority vote, it would be submitted
to entire membership for vote.
of the Committee, Lee Billingsley, reported that the committee
members represented a broad spectrum of views on interpretation of "legality".
Members were divided on support of the suggested constitutional amendment,
but were unanimous in support for the concept that the membership should
decide on the merits of the amendment. Remember, a bylaws amendment requires
two thirds (2/3) approval by the House of Delegates, whereas a constitutional
amendment requires two thirds (2/3) approval of the entire AAPG membership.
stated that a unanimous consensus report would not have been achieved
without accepting all three of the main parts. Specifically, a literal
interpretation of "legality" would not have been acceptable
to the entire committee without the opportunity to have an open debate
and election on the proposed constitutional amendment.
to the new Executive Committee is to approve the report as soon as possible,
hopefully at the scheduled August 14, 1998 Committee meeting, and proceed
immediately to affirm the legality of the numerous bylaw amendments which
have been on hold since March 1. Those amendments can then be voted on
at the 1999 HOD Annual Meeting in San Antonio.
As to the second
recommendation listed above, the Committee felt that the current amendment
process lacked some important opportunities for better communication in
regard to proposed changes. In hindsight, I believe that some of the problems
stemming from the resolution approved at the 1997 Dallas Meeting, regarding
domestic and international representation within AAPG, may have been avoided
by better communications among the HOD, Executive Committee, Advisory
Council and past Presidents.
regarding the proposed amendments revolves around the ability of AAPG
to deal with change. Our industry has been changing significantly in recent
years. Some have been rapid, others more slowly. AAPG must recognize change
and adjust accordingly. It reminds me of a frog story. A frog was dropped
into a pan of hot water. The frog immediately reacted to the heat by jumping
out of the pan. Another frog was put into a pan of cold water on a stove.
The burner beneath the pan was turned on low, then the heat was gradually
increased so the temperature of the water rose only a degree at a time.
Change was occurring, but because it was gradual, the frog accepted it
and stayed in the pan and was boiled.
We are all in
the same pan. We react immediately to dramatic change, but we run the
risk of getting cooked if we fail to notice the little, slow changes occurring
If the Executive
Committee approves the third recommendation for a constitutional amendment,
the proposal will become a resolution to be processed in accordance with
Article VII of the Constitution. This involves processing by the HOD Constitution
and Bylaws Committee, determination of legality by the Executive Committee,
publication at least two (2) months prior to the HOD annual meeting, approval
by simple majority vote of the House of Delegates, and then two thirds
(2/3) favorable vote by the entire membership. "Whew!"
I wish to convey
to all of you how much I have enjoyed being your Chairman. Working with
my fellow officers, Tom Mairs and Jeff Greenawalt, has been
a great experience. Both were productive and strong as they always performed
beyond the call of duty. We are working with the new officers, Tom
Mairs, John Hogg and Jean Lemmon to make the transition
as seamless as possible. I am committed to making their year the "best
ever" for the Association.
Also, I want
to thank Donna Riggs at Headquarters for keeping us all on track,
and Regina Gill for stepping in and doing a superb job her first
year. It was great to work with Michelle Mayfield and her convention
Finally, I am
deeply appreciative of the over 80 people who worked on the Committees.
You were very supportive and I thank you very much. My highest regards
to all of you. The fun goes on. . .
ALMOST A QUARTER CENTURY AGO
MAIL VOTING PROPOSAL WITHDRAWN!
BUT ROLL CALL ELIMINATED!
At the 1974 meeting
in San Antonio a resolution to allow voting by mail on all matters except
Constitution and Bylaws was approved 51 to 46. This proposal was referred
to the Executive Committee for a legal opinion.
"that it was not traditional for a legislative body such as the House
of Delegates to conduct business by mail".
at the 1975 meeting of the House in Dallas, HOD Chair Hugh N. Frenzel
recommended that that advice be accepted. The House then voted to take
no action on the mail ballot issue, allowing the proposal to die (there
were only four dissenting votes).
was some good news in the continuing effort to streamline HOD business.
In the same 1975 session Delegates approved new Rules which included eliminating
the roll call.
by Patrick J.F. Gratton from the House of Delegates History
George R. Gibson and Herbert G. Davis, compilers/editors
FROM THE NEWLY ELECTED HOD OFFICERS RETURN
By Chairman, Tom Mairs
The 1997-98 AAPG
fiscal year was definitely a year to remember and has certainly gone by
at a rapid pace. I was very fortunate to have served as the first Chairman
Elect of the HOD, and to have been well tutored by past chairmen, Dan
Smith, Pat Gratton and Ed Heath, in the many facets
of the HOD's Chairmanship. It was a pleasure to have worked with Dan and
Jeff Greenawalt, both of whom are to be greatly commended for their
multiple contributions to the HOD.
I am eagerly
looking forward to the coming year and representing the HOD in our business
affairs and on the Executive Committee. John Hogg, Jean Lemmon
and I are committed to constructive improvement, during our brief tenure,
and will be actively soliciting your ideas and concerns. COMMUNICATION
among the HOD members and the many AAPG entities is our buzz word for
success, so let us hear from you. During the next several weeks, I
will be restructuring the many standing and ad hoc committees; consequently,
should you desire to become more active in the HOD's affairs, contact
me (preferably by letter) as to your special areas of interest.
I am looking
forward to meeting you at the many sectional and local meetings, and will
welcome your comments or ideas regarding any issue pertinent to the HOD
and our professional organization. Contact me by phone at (214) 265-9533,
fax (214) 692-9622 or email.
By Chairman-Elect, John
As the 1998-99
Chairman-Elect of the House of Delegates, I would first like to thank
everyone for their support in Salt Lake City. I would also like to thank
my most honorable opponent, Dr. Peter Rose, for his kind words.
I am very much looking forward to the upcoming year and working with our
new Chairman Tom Mairs and my long time friend, Jean Lemmon,
as one of your elected representatives.
Please feel free
to contact any of us if you have concerns or issues that you personally
feel are important to the activities of the House in the upcoming year.
Jean R. Lemmon
continues to be critical to the House of Delegates and our ability to
function. I plan to continue the Newsletter following in the footsteps
of those who have gone before. I also hope to establish a way for us to
communicate electronically and have begun looking into ways to use the
AAPG website creatively as well as send out timely information in email
messages over the internet.
- Please contact
me with your suggestions. I'll need some help.
- Please be
sure AAPG Headquarters has your current email address.
You can reach
me at: .
DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCES YEAR END REPORT RETURN
by Susan Chandler Kiser,
DEG President, 1997-1998
of Environmental Geosciences had an exciting year of changes and membership
growth during my term as President, 1997-1998.
as of June 15, 1998 stands at 3,260 members, a 10% increase from the levels
one year ago. The biggest increase was in student membership. We experienced
a 25% increase in student membership who have chosen to affiliate with
In addition to
dues from members, the DEG receives $20,000 each year from Blackwell Science
Publishers for the editorial services provided for manuscript solicitation
and review of our journal, Environmental Geosciences. Financially, the
Division has grown to a level where future programs can be developed from
this income. Approximately $100,000 in savings has accrued and the DEG
Executive Committee approved an investment program for any income over
$50,000 to increase our financial security for the future.
DEG officers were very committed to increasing member benefits.
- The DEG Executive
Committee effectively lowered the dues and the cost of the journal by
24% by combining them in the dues statement.
in the Fall 1998, every DEG member will receive a subscription to the
quarterly journal, Environmental Geosciences, as part of their
- Also beginning
in the Fall of 1998, the Reporter will be moved into the Explorer
where it will reach all 30,000+ AAPG members. The DEG anticipates that
this will become a dominant platform for outreach to AAPG members as
well as providing a more cost-effective distribution of information
to DEG members.
- A DEG grant
program has been established which will allow affiliated societies to
apply for reimbursement of costs up to $300 that are incurred when the
environmental speaker from the slate of AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
Program is invited to speak to a local society.
- DEG is financially
supporting a DEG sponsored conference to be held in Taos, New Mexico
in October 1998, titled, "Meeting Society's Resource and Environmental
Requirements for the 21st Century."
- A DEG conference
is proposed for the Fall of 1999 on coastal wetlands and the petroleum
industry. Shea Penland, DEG member at the University of New Orleans,
is the Conference Chair. For more information and to volunteer to be
a part of the organizing committee contact Shea at  280-3119, email:
- A climate
change technical session on the geologic time/temperature record with
invited papers is proposed for the 1999 Annual Meeting to be held in
San Antonio, Texas and a possible Hedberg Conference in 2000 is in the
early stages of planning. For more information and to volunteer to be
a part of the organizing committee contact Bill Harrison at 
864-5317, email: harrison<at>kgs.ukans.edu.
- The DEG has
strengthened its involvement in AAPG Committees that directly benefit
the DEG mission. If you would like to volunteer to be a DEG liaison
to an AAPG Committee, contact Bill Murray, the DEG President
at  619-4103, email wgmurra<at>wcc.com.
OF PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS YEAR END REPORT RETURN
by Robert T. Sellars,
During the 1997-1998
year the Division of Professional Affairs has continued as in past years
to expand its mission in the promotion of the development of professionalism
in the practice of petroleum geology. The highlights of the DPA activities
- In July 1997,
the DPA co-sponsored with GSA, AAPG, AIPG and USGS the Conference
on Ethics in the Geosciences. This conference brought together
leaders from throughout the geological profession in a five day discussion
on the status of ethics in professional practice. This dialogue produced
a commonality in the need for increased awareness of ethical behavior.
This was expressed through a list of values and virtues which should
be common to all geologists and their practice and provide the core
for strengthening and building Codes of Ethics for the member societies
of the AGI.
In September of 1997, the DPA and the
AAPG House of Delegates formed the Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics
(JACE). This committee, organized as a follow-up to the Ethics Conference,
had a number of charges but the major purpose was to address the methods
by which the awareness of geoscientists could be raised regarding ethical
standards in the conduct of business. The committee will submit a report
on June 30th, but its work will continue into the 1998-1999 year.
- In the spring
of 1997, the DPA began a widespread membership campaign. This should
result in a net increase of approximately 100 members, thus stopping
the slide in membership of the last few years.
A lengthy discussion was held at the Advisory
Board meeting in Salt Lake City regarding the Board of Certification
review procedures and the definition of petroleum geologist in light
of the work environment of today. Action on these issues where tabled
until the mid-year meeting.
- The DPA continued
to expand the role of the Governmental Affairs Committee with the second
annual GAC Forum at the annual meeting and the formation of the Governmental
Liaison Subcommittee. The latter will be involved in developing position
papers on issues which impact the petroleum geologist. On approval of
the AAPG, these will serve to advance the Association's official positions
on these issues.
- The DPA will
finish the year in sound financial condition. Through the third quarter
the net gain is $39,000 and year end cash balance will be approximately
$400,000. Changes in AAPG overhead charges have effected an increase
in these figures through the third quarter.
New Advisory Board members will be James
B. Bennett, Lee T. Billingsley, Dan J. Tearpock (Gulf
Coast), Clyde F. Wootton (Mid-Continent) and Brian K. Powers
The 1998-1999 DPA Executive Committee
will be Stephen A. Sonnenberg, President; Richard G. Green,
Vice-President; Robert W. Sabaté, President-Elect; Charles
E. Mear, Secretary; Debra Rutan, Treasurer; and, Robert
T. Sellars, Jr., Past-President.
The DPA will
continue a concerted effort to bring AAPG members into certified status;
to take a leadership role in the promotion and enhancement of ethical
standards and professional business conduct; and continue to develop ways
to increase benefits to DPA members.
MINERALS DIVISION YEAR END REPORT RETURN
by Margaret Anne Rogers,
In looking toward
the 21st Century, we reflect on the numbers of AAPG members and other
geoscience professionals who have been involved and still retain interests
in alternative energy sources. We note the very large resource of heavy
oil (tar sands and oil shale) and of gas (coalbed methane, gas hydrates
and gas shales). We anticipate the fast approaching time when these resources
become the supplemental reserves for steadily increasing hydrocarbon demand
worldwide. Coal today is very prominent in electric power generation and
should continue so well into the next century. New technology will certainly
ameliorate environmental concerns over the increasing use of hydrocarbons.
Remote sensing is a part of the new technology. In the transition period,
as more environmentally friendly technical advances develop, we anticipate
a renewed interest in geothermal and nuclear energy. EMD is doing its
part in making this future a continuing place for AAPG and its members
its 20th Anniversary with an outstanding year. Activities included:
- A comprehensive
of a Procedures Manual
- An EMD
- An all
new color brochure
- Two new
symposia in the planning stage-a DPA/EMD/EPRI-GRI on fuel marker
effects of electric industry restructuring is scheduled for 1999 and
an EMD technical fields "full cycle" is planned for 2000.
- EMD sponsorship
of the Australian "International Conference on Coal Seam Gas &
- EMD support
for the AGI's National Hard Rock Mining Environmental Research Initiative
- EMD presence
at the 1998 Geothermal Resources Council meeting
- An Association
first, the first CD-ROM publication with no previous hardcopy version,
The Atlas of Coal Geology, Volume 1 (Coal Geology) and Volume
II (Coal Petrology) [Produced jointly with Society for Organic Petrology]
- An EMD proposal
for an AAPG special publication on coalbed methane
- Four articles
in the Explorer: Alternate Fuels Need Spotlight; Coalbed
Methane Makes Comeback; Global Energy Demand: Will Fuel Future Development;
Electricity Fuel Picture Changing: Economics, Technology Make Impacts;
and 20th Anniversary of EMD: II Story
- An EMD
short course, "Geologic and Hydrologic Controls Critical to
Coalbed Methane Production and Resource Assessment-The United States
Experience: Analogy Useful for Australian Coal Resins"
- An EMD
short course on subsidence in the planning stage
- An EMD
advertising policy to maximize the gain from such expenditures.
The Division buys quality items that people would desire, keep, use/display
thus providing EMD with years of advertising-promoting EMD name recognition
and associating the EMD name with quality.
I am extremely
proud of the Division's accomplishments this year. It has been a pleasure
to work with such a fine EMD leadership team.
By Dan L. Smith
is a review of the actions taken at the May 17, 1998, HOD Annual Meeting.
The 95 affiliated societies of the AAPG were represented by 193 delegates
present (each society is entitled to one delegate per 70 AAPG members).
A proposed amendment
to modify Article 1, Section 3 of the Bylaws, broadening the definition
of Active Membership, from the practice of teaching of "Geology"
to "Geoscience" was defeated 108 to 80. A two thirds vote in
favor was required for passage.
two resolutions proposing changes to the Bylaws which will proceed through
the normal process for consideration by the House at the 1999 meeting
in San Antonio. This procedure involves handling by the Constitution and
Bylaws Committee, determination of legality by the Executive Committee
and proper advertisement in the Explorer.
- The first
is a proposal to eliminate the "Junior" category of membership
in AAPG after a period of five (5) years from the adoption of this resolution
at which time remaining Junior Members will be automatically transferred
to Associate Membership. Persons applying, who have completed their
academic requirements but not their experience requirements, will automatically
become Associate Members until the time that they have satisfied their
experience requirements and are eligible to apply for Active Membership.
These persons would pay half the cost of Active Membership for not more
than four (4) years.
- The second
proposal is to amend Article XI, Section 8, which deals with Grievance
Proceedings, to make it possible to expel a member who pleads guilty
to a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or of any felony. At present,
Section 8 provides that a member may be expelled only if convicted in
a court of law.
The House voted unanimously to approve
four recommendations of the Future of Earth Scientists Committee and
forward them to The Executive Committee for action. They are as follows:
to form a new Standing Committee of AAPG to be called "Academic
and Industry Liaison Committee". Members should be selected from
industry and academia that will report yearly on the requirements of
future graduating students entering the workforce.
a review of the new graduate training program available through the
Continuing Education Committee, and modify it to include courses, at
reasonable prices, for the development of the younger members of the
the initiation of an educational program related to business skills,
professionalism, and ethics which includes courses at reasonable prices.
the initiation of a new AAPG homepage oriented towards the public teachers
and children to explain the Earth Sciences in their daily lives.
The House voted
to adopt various recommendations from the Joint Ad Hoc Ethics Committee
and submit them to the Executive Committee for endorsement. These include
a list of core values, which define the goals of the profession, and a
list of virtues, which define the ideals of the professional geoscientist.
The details were reported in the previous newsletter.
to establish four awards for the HOD leaders. These include: House Certificate
of Merit, House Long Service Award, Distinguished Member of the House,
and Honorary Member of the House. The proposal has been forwarded to the
Rules and Procedures Committee for further action and implementation.
The first awards are slated for presentation at the annual meeting in
the year 2000.
organizations were approved for affiliation with AAPG as follows: Professional
Geologists of Indiana, Geological Society of India, and the Moroccan Association
of Petroleum Geologists.
A proposal was
submitted by the AAPG Membership Committee to amend the Bylaws to eliminate
the three sponsor requirement for Active Membership and to allow for a
combination of AAPG Active Member and Non-Active Member references. This
was soundly defeated and returned to committee for further consideration.
a proposal that the Rules and Procedures Committee considered revising
the meeting procedures to require submission of all reports in writing
prior to the House meeting and distribution of such reports to the delegates
no later than two weeks prior to the meeting.
was given to honor Linda Farrar, who served the House of Delegates
for 12 years, with a Letter of Appreciation from the Chairman of the House.
John R. Hogg,
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, was elected Chairman-Elect (1998-99)
and thereafter Chairman (1999-2000) of the HOD, and Jean R. Lemmon,
Tulsa Geological Society, was elected Secretary/Editor (1998-99).
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