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HoD Sets Slate
For Calgary Vote
The House of Delgates will vote on
new officers during its annual
meeting in Calgary.
The candidates are:
Alan DeGood, president,
American Energy Corp., Wichita.,
Larry Jones, owner and
manager, Spartan Petroleum Corp.,
J.G. "Jay" Henthorne, president
and owner, Petro Evaluation Services,
Robert "Bob" Shoup, consultant,
Texas, currently working for UZMZ
Engineering, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
This past year has been quite a ride!
With 14 months between annual
meetings, it has allowed a more
deliberate pace for the action of the
House, but it also has intensified the
efforts of the committees.
Thank them, please, when you see
them; they've done yeoman's work,
many of them, preparing for the full
meeting of the House on Father's Day
There, the delegates will be asked to
vote on six revisions/amendments to our
Bylaws, six revisions to the Rules and
Procedures of the House, and to elect
the officers for the next year.
Also, reports from the two ad hoc
committees will keep us abreast of
potential structural changes in
anticipation of next year's constitutional
deliberations, and we'll honor our own
with presentations of awards to those
highly deserving delegates selected by
the Honors and Awards Committee. All
this after the Credentials Committee
qualifies the delegates beginning at
7 a.m. Sunday.
(If you're not a delegate but are
curious about the legislative branch of
our society, join us at the meeting. All
details are posted on the AAPG Web
In 2002 the House passed the
"COCBAP" amendment, which
describes a process for communicating
proposed changes affecting other
governing bodies of AAPG. This process
has been used to great effect this year.
Upon the timely notification of the
proposed Bylaws amendments, the
Executive Committee (EC) as well as
members of the Advisory Council
responded with constructive comments
and analyses of the proposed "Vacancy"
These comments have been
evaluated by the C&BL Committee and
the House officers, and upon
deliberation the C&BL Committee will
recommend at the Calgary meeting to
revise this proposed amendment by
continuing the current wording, which
would provide for a special election in
the case of a vacancy in the office of
In the history of AAPG, a vacancy
among the officers has never happened.
Since 9/11, however, we've learned to
consider extraordinary circumstances.
This is why the delegates will address
our preparedness through this
amendment in June.
One of the House chair's
responsibilities is to host a breakfast for
delegates at each of the Section
meetings and the international
conference to communicate action items
for vote at the next annual meeting.
What a priceless opportunity this is --
and my favorite part of the job -- to meet
the delegates and other volunteers who
have invested so heavily in the
At each of these breakfasts, we
introduce ourselves and cite our home
Society, our employer, our office etc., so
the names we've read on the BULLETIN
page or the Web site now have faces
Just as there are seldom single-sided
issues, there are seldom delegates who
don't have multiple volunteer jobs. Thank
you all for your hospitality and your
Since the structural re-organization of
1970, the House chair sits as a member
of the Executive Committee. This past
year there have been nine face-to-face
meetings and four EC teleconferences to
date. The commitment of these elected
volunteer officers is massive. These
meetings are usually day-long affairs,
but regimented, where the advance
preparation has facilitated informed and
It has been a pleasure to serve with
these remarkable officers for whom I
hold great respect for their dedicated
service. We don't all agree on every
issue, but it has been an amicable
group, cordial, though diverse in our
experience and perspectives.
It truly has been an extraordinary
honor for me to represent the House of
Delegates this past year. Although the
workload has been significant, there's
been marked satisfaction and pleasure
in working with my colleagues.
Speaking of work, I'm exceedingly
grateful to my employer Matador
Resources Co., officers, co-workers and
shareholders for their support and
encouragement during my term of office.
I'm grateful to my husband Roger,
who has been patient, supportive and
understanding of the hours and the
The headquarters staff, particularly
Donna Riggs, has provided guidance,
logistical assistance, gentle reminders
and encouragement. Thank you all.