A ballot was mailed in early July to AAPG members
to vote on a proposed change to the Constitution, which would possibly
allow their next vote to be made electronically.
Members of the AAPG House of Delegates unanimously passed the Constitution
proposal, along with five alterations to the Bylaws at the AAPG Annual
Meeting in Salt Lake City.
HoD Chairman Terry Hollrah, of Oklahoma City, said ballots would be
mailed to active members before July 1. A two-thirds positive majority
is necessary to allow the change to make it possible for AAPG voting to
be conducted by electronic mail or other suitable means in the future.
Bylaws also were amended to allow for the election of officers and filing
of officer vacancies to be conducted by electronic means.
Other Bylaws changes approved by the 190 delegates attending included:
- Names of AAPG officer candidates will be published
in the AAPG EXPLORER rather than the BULLETIN, no later than Oct. 15.
- A new section restricts members serving as
officers or candidates for offices to AAPG, the HoD, the Advisory Council
or divisions from being selected for an honor or award by the body on
or in which they serve.
The HoD Recognition of Service Award was excluded from this amendment,
unless the award was announced prior to the announcement of the candidacy.
- The number of members serving on the AAPG Ethics
Committee was increased from three to five, to ensure that the committee
remain functional should one or more committee members need to excuse
themselves for a potential conflict of interest.
Societies that were approved to be affiliated societies of AAPG were
the Association of Petroleum Technicians and Professionals France, the
Atyrau Petroleum Geologists Association Kazakhstan and the Sociedad Geologica
Approved as associated societies were the Association for Women Geoscientists
and the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists.
HoD award recipients for the year 2002-2003, announced at the meeting,
- Thomas Mairs - Honorary Member of the House.
- Edward Heath and Robert Countryman - Distinguished
Members of the House.
- Peter Gray and Jeff Greenawalt - House Long
- Lee Avary and Terry Hollrah - House Recognition