Smith, AAPG's immediate past president and current chairman of the
Membership Enhancement and Development Committee, recently met with
one of his vice chairs, Ed Picou, and AAPG staff to plan improvements
and expansion of the program.
aim is to achieve higher participation at the grassroots level and
make the program truly a "double barrel" effort for both the local
societies and AAPG.
this goal he is establishing a Section/Region network, reaching
virtually to every affiliated society worldwide.
needed. As Velma Kelly sang about her dream act in the musical Chicago,
"I simply cannot do it alone."
very important to be active in both your national/international
and your local professional organizations," Smith said. "Just as
in government, some services are best handled at the former level,
some at the latter level and some at both levels.
one of the most important programs ever initiated by AAPG," he continued.
"It is not just a numbers game -- it is important for both AAPG
and its affiliated societies to broaden their membership base in
order to grow stronger.
'quality' member we add, the more services and products we can develop."
chairs include Jane McCollough, chairman of AAPG's standing Membership
Committee, and a yet-to-be-named vice chair for international. Committee
members will include a representative from each affiliated society
It is a
very good time to start your local drive for members. Picou recently
ran a comparison of the New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS) against
AAPG membership and located 190 NOGS members without national affiliation
-- but the more surprising number was that 329 AAPG members in the
society area were not listed on the NOGS roll!
Department will assist any society who would like to do this same
comparison. You can reach them by calling 918-560-2612 or email
Recruiter kits are available from the same contact.