comprehensive, all-member survey is enclosed in this issue of the
EXPLORER, professionally crafted to garner members' opinions of
a myriad of AAPG services and publications.
The 95-question survey should
take 5-10 minutes to complete and mail; or, an Internet site is
available for those who prefer to respond electronically.
AAPG President Dan Smith said
the Executive Committee is hopeful for a large percentage of returns
of the survey, as the association continues to improve and adjust
products and services to meet the needs and desires of the membership.
"The survey is a sincere effort
to gauge the effectiveness of AAPG and efficiencies of programs,"
Smith said. "We hope the membership takes an initiative to tell
us what we are doing wrong -- and what we are doing right."
The survey is the result of a
process that originated in 1997. As noted in this month's President's
Column (see page 3 of the AAPG February EXPLORER), the scope of
the proposed survey grew through the process and evolved from a
focus on the BULLETIN to include a broad spectrum of AAPG activities.
The survey includes six open-ended
questions, where members have an opportunity to comment beyond a
range of scaled, empirical data.
Don Lewis, AAPG vice president
in 2001-02, was named chairman of the ad hoc survey committee in
August 2001. Committee members and the areas of representation are:
- Katherine Lee Avary -- Division of Professional
- George Bole -- Committee on Committees.
- George Eynon -- International Regions Committee.
- Ron Grubbs -- Energy Minerals Division.
- William Harrison -- Division of Environmental
- Don Lewis (chairman) -- Executive Committee.
- John Lorenz -- Advisory Council, AAPG Editor.
- Dwight "Clint" Moore -- Advisory Council.
Lewis pointed out that the committee
represented the major constituencies in AAPG.
"It's a fairly long survey,"
he said, "but the committee significantly reduced the multitude
of things we wanted to ask the members."
The committee recognized that
a statistical sampling would suffice mathematically, but felt strongly
that giving every member an opportunity to respond would maximize
interest and the usefulness of results.
The professional firm of Anderson
Marketing Services Inc. was selected to conduct the survey after
a bid process that included four companies. AMSI, of Tulsa, also
has conducted several surveys for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
All replies are confidential
and will be received, tallied and summarized by AMSI.
mail their surveys to the AMSI address on the survey; or respond
via the Internet, by going to http://www.amsiweb.com/aapg.
To log in use aapg as the user name and ux29yb (both all lower case)
as the password.
International members may find
the Internet as a more efficient vehicle to make sure the opinions
reach AMSI before the receipt deadline of April 11.
Initial results of the survey
are expected to be released at the AAPG Annual Meeting, which starts
May 11 in Salt Lake City.