House of Delegates Meeting:
Marriott City Center
In recent years, the House of Delegates has had very
busy meetings. This year's meeting in Denver on June 3 will be no
This is what is already planned for the meeting.
- There are seven standing committees and three ad hoc committees
who will be reporting to the delegates.
- The Constitution & Bylaws Committee will be presenting
one constitutional amendment, eight bylaws amendments and one
resolution for consideration by the delegates. These cover a wide
range of issues, including:
- The Rules and Procedures Committee also will present a report
addressing 10 recommendations for change or modification of the
House Rules and Procedures, including a method of disaffiliation
of affiliated societies which, for whatever reason, may cease
to exist or disband -- and the issue of committee member retention.
- The Resolutions Committee will present a report to consider
both the India Association of Petroleum Geologists and Japanese
Association of Petroleum Technology as affiliated societies of
- The Future of Earth Scientists Committee will present a report
pertaining to the future of the committee in an effort to dovetail
its own efforts with those of other AAPG standing committees.
- The Nominations and Elections Committee has come up with an
excellent slate of candidates for consideration for chairman-elect
and secretary/editor for the House in 2001-2002. The Newsletter
Committee will report not only on this year's issues of The Delegates'
Voice, but the establishment of the HOD Forum on the AAPG Web
use_of_delegates/hodforum/) and the important communications
roles each of these serves for the House.
- While the Honors and Awards Committee continues to deliberate
at this time, it is anticipated they will have recommended one
or more outstanding delegates for recognition either at the AAPG
awards ceremony or during the House meeting. It is anticipated
that the Credentials Committee also will provide the Delegates
with information relative to how well we are doing at getting
and maintaining delegate representation from the U.S. Sections
as well as the newly formed International Regions.
- The Ad Hoc House Operating Efficiency Committee has come up
with a litany of procedural changes last year to enhance the efficiency
of the House of Delegates. Several of these past recommendations
are being considered for minor modifications, and it is anticipated
this year's committee members will have recommendations of their
- At last year's meeting in New Orleans, a resolution from the
floor established an ad hoc committee to consider regular audits
of AAPG finances, as well as staff review. The Ad Hoc Independent
Audit Committee will be making its report.
As chairman of this year's House of Delegates, I would be remiss
if I did not mention the tremendous amount of cooperation there
has been among the Executive Committee, the Advisory Council and
House of Delegates leadership. While the deliberations of the House
will be thorough and lengthy, the assistance of the Executive Committee
and Advisory Council has gone a long way to making the House's meeting
easier and keeping it on task.
I want to encourage all members to read the insert in the last
month's EXPLORER. Let your delegates know how you feel about these
issues, or seek their clarification on them. If you don't know who
your delegates are, check in the front of the AAPG BULLETIN or
check it out under the House of Delegates area of the AAPG Web site.
And while you are on the Web site, visit the HOD Forum. By early
May, all of the reports by all of the committees will be available
for your viewing on the Forum.
Why is the function of the House of Delegates important to you,
the members? Because it is YOUR Association!
The function of the House is to deal with the legislative function
of the Association. Each year your delegates give of their own time
at the annual meeting to represent your interests. Many of them
serve on various House committees involving even more time and effort.
It is imperative that you, the members, make yourselves an active
part of the AAPG legislative process. And along the way, if you
get a chance, thank your delegates. They do a great job to strive
to make sure our Association is truly representative of all our