Houston independent oilman Jack C. Threet, who as then-AAPG Foundation chairman helped design the current initiative to increase funding for key existing and numerous new programs, has been named the recipient of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal.
The Weeks Medal, created and named in honor of one of the most generous benefactors of the Association, is presented annually by the Foundation in recognition of extraordinary philanthropy and service in advancing the mission of the AAPG Foundation.
It is the Foundation’s highest honor, and Threet now becomes the fourth recipient.
Threet, an Honorary AAPG member and Foundation Trustee Associate, is president and CEO of Threet Energy, and has been an independent since 1989. He previously had a 36-year career with Shell Oil, holding various executive positions in the United States, Netherlands, Australia and Canada.
Threet will receive the award April 10, during the opening session of the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston.
Other Foundation awards are:
♦ The Chairman’s Award, to William E. “Bill” Crain, for his contributions to the Foundation. Crain is the award’s 12th recipient. He’ll receive his honor at the annual Trustee Associates meeting in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in September.
♦ Teacher of the Year award, to Sharon Milito, a fourth grade teacher in Colorado Springs, Colo. Milito will receive her award at the All-Convention Luncheon during the AAPG convention
♦ The Holland Award of Excellence, to Christopher McNair, dean of the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. This award is provided through an endowment established by David “Scotty” Holland (Trustee Associate since 1988) and will be used to purchase equipment for the general physiology lab at Hardin-Simmons.
The Foundation Trustees recently approved several worthy projects, including:
♦ The archived BULLETIN memorials will be scanned and entered into Datapages with the aid of $9,878 from the L. Austin Weeks Memorial Fund.
♦ The John Silcox Named Grant was established with a $13,000 gift from John and Colleen Silcox from Tiburon, Calif. Silcox has been a Trustee Associate since 1990.
♦ The AGI Geoscience Workforce Program has received $25,000 for “Promoting Geoscience Careers.” A total of $125,000 has been given since 2008 to the program.
♦ The Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute continues to benefit from the generosity of John Bookout. His $50,000 donation will support teacher workshops in Texas. The Foundation is looking to begin similar initiatives in Oklahoma and other states.
Many thanks to all of the wonderful donors on the list above. Without your support, the many programs and services that the Foundation provides would not be possible.
Special thanks to the T. Boone Pickens Foundation for the $240,000 contribution toward the OSU-GIS initiative; to Marta Weeks for her $500,000 contribution; and to Jack Threet for $40,000 to the Jack C. and Catherine I. Threet Endowed Fund, which is a Named Public Service fund.
This fund allows earnings from the endowment to be used by the Trustees at their discretion for new initiatives and proposals, which further the mission of the Foundation.
The Foundation’s Meeting Challenzges … Assuring Success campaign has raised $30,915,622 since 2005, and will continue through 2011 with a goal of raising $35 million.
Please make a contribution to help the AAPG Foundation reach the goal. You may give online at foundation.aapg.org/donate.cfm, or mail to AAPG Foundation, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, Okla. 74101.
Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-800-397-4141, ext. 2644.