The annual meeting of the AAPG House of Delegates (HoD) will be held on Sunday morning, April 11, at the start of the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in New Orleans.
Expected in attendance are around 250 people, including delegates, past presidents, past chairmen of the HoD, AAPG officer candidates and invited guests.
The HoD will be conducting important legislation and will hear a variety of Association reports. The meeting will be run using Robert’s Rules of Order; Mary Bahde (professional parliamentarian from Denver) will act as parliamentarian and advise the chairman about parliamentary issues.
The meeting’s agenda will include: VIP introductions; campaign speeches by the AAPG president-elect candidates (Ernie Mancini and Paul Weimer); reports from the Association (President John Lorenz; Executive Director Rick Fritz; Treasurer Kay Pitts; Publications, Gretchen Gillis) and AAPG Foundation (Bill Fisher); reports from the Division presidents (DPA, Paul Britt; EMD, Frank Walles; and DEG, Michael Jacobs); and HoD Committee reports and proposed legislation. I have reorganized the traditional agenda, which should “stream-line” the meeting.
The HoD committee reports include reports from all of our committees (Credentials, Minutes Approval, Honors and Awards, Rules and Procedures, Constitution and Bylaws, Nominations and Elections, Resolutions, and Newsletter).
In addition, certificates of service awards for nine and 15 years of HoD service were issued to 17 and 25 people, respectively. I want to thank all the awardees for their long service to the HoD.
All of the proposed bylaws changes have been vetted and approved by the HoD officers and AAPG legal counsel. The proposed bylaw changes have been published on the AAPG Web site and also submitted to the AAPG Executive Committee and Advisory Council for consideration and comments.
Several of the bylaw changes are in the category I call “house-keeping” (minor language changes, items 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6). We have received some feed back on the proposal for Article V, Section 1 and Section 6, which may result in minor modifications to the motion.
There also are some new bylaws proposed under above items 4 and 7. Under the section on selection of U.S. Society delegates (item 4), new language has been added that enables the Section presidents to appoint delegates to three-year terms when affiliated societies have not conducted elections. This change is being made to eliminate the chronic lack of delegate representation from delinquent Affiliated societies.
New language under the “Representatives to Non-Association Committees” (item 7) is being added that essentially limits how long someone can serve on an outside committee. This is being done to encourage more membership participation on these outside committees.
I encourage AAPG HoD members to review and be prepared to vote on the proposed changes. The HoD officers approved and are recommending all the proposed bylaw changes to the House.
The agenda for the 2010 House meeting is comprehensive. I ask all HoD members to come prepared to discuss and vote on items. We also have an opportunity to bring up new business that may affect the House meeting that will be chaired by David Hawk in 2011 (Houston).
My duties this year as the HoD Chairman include being on the AAPG Executive Committee, attending Section and the International meetings. This year’s AAPG Executive Committee has been busy and worked on many issues (and we won’t be done until June 30). I want to commend John Lorenz, AAPG president, for his outstanding leadership and guidance.
I am looking forward to the House of Delegates meeting in New Orleans. The agenda is full, but I am hopeful that the meeting will conclude around noon!