Members Say ‘Yes’ to VP Changes
AAPG members overwhelmingly approved a constitution change that creates an additional vice president seat on the Executive Committee, effective with the 2007-08 term.
The additional vice presidential position allows for one to be designated as a vice president-Sections (U.S.) and the other vice president-Regions (non-U.S.).
The first year, the vice president-Regions will serve a two-year term and the vice president-Sections will serve a one-year term. Subsequently, the terms will be two-years for both, with one of the vice president positions being selected annually.
The measure was passed 5,216 (92 percent) to 453 (8 percent). The 5,669 valid ballots cast, both electronically and by paper, represent about 34 percent of the 16,750 of the membership eligible to vote. A two-thirds majority vote was necessary to institute the constitutional change.
The member vote changes Article V of the AAPG Constitution to allow for seven members of the Executive Committee (the House of Delegates chair also is a voting member of the EC). All eligible voters may cast ballots for all offices and are not limited to voting for just one of the VP positions.
The measure was passed overwhelmingly by a “stand-up” vote of the House of Delegates at the AAPG Houston Convention just last April, with balloting beginning shortly thereafter. Balloting ceased on June 25 in accordance with the bylaws, and results were announced in time for the new position to be elected during this election cycle. Consequently the next AAPG officer ballot will carry candidates for the new position with candidates selected appropriately (see above).
Paper balloting again proved more popular with the membership, with 3,463 voting by paper and 2,221 by the Web. Thirty-six ballots were submitted by both paper and Web, in which cases the paper ballot was counted and the Web votes deleted.