Different hotel every night, almost. Remembering what
room number I am in after a late talk, long dinner and much conversation
is so far the worst problem I have encountered.
The culture of a country combined with the culture
of the geologic/ petroleum community has been fascinating on this
"Grand Presidential Tour." The opportunity to meet with and talk
to members and potential members in 12 countries -- 17 cities --
has been completely worthwhile.
It is impressive to see how hard our members are
I was able to applaud new affiliations like Japan
and New Zealand -- but had to cancel on visiting Pakistan and meeting
members of the recently affiliated Pakistan Association of Petroleum
Geoscientists. We have 2,000 members in the Asia Pacific Region
-- 1,000 active, and 1,000 associate and student members, with a
vast potential to increase membership in the near future.
We developed new ideas for special publications in
Thailand and Vietnam. We tried to find creative solutions for the
delays in mail, in membership processing and in balloting in Kuala
Lumpur and Seoul.
We planted the seeds of possibility for new student
chapters in Beijing, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand
We discussed the venue for our 2006 international
meeting in Perth, Australia.
Members were very excited about:
- The AAPG digital library and availability to members.
- The new Publications Pipeline for placement of donated libraries.
- The geologists membership sponsorship program headed up by
Brenda Cunningham (see related item in Readers' Forum, page 44).
- The cooperative efforts being developed between SPE, SEG and
- Though it can be grueling to travel at this rate for six weeks,
the hospitality mitigates that significantly -- and it appears
this was time well spent for AAPG.
Robbie Gries at lunch hosted by Dr. Li, left, and Qichang
Zhu, right, in Beijing.
In Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh City Technical University geology