As requested by his family, memorial
contributions for Michel T. Halbouty may be made to the AAPG Foundation Michel T. Halbouty Grant. Recipients of this grant are graduate
students pursuing geoscience careers at Texas A&M University.
The Halbouty Grant was one of the
first named grants established by the AAPG Foundation, which was
initiated by Halbouty in 1966.
Contributions may be forwarded to
the AAPG Foundation, Attention:
Diane Keim, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, Okla. 74101-0979, or may be made
by telephone -- (918) 584-2555, or fax -- (918) 560-2642.
There is a Chinese proverb that states, "A wise man
does not lay up treasure -- the more he gives, the more he has."
The success of any professional association is the degree of giving
provided by its membership. People sometimes assume that the staff
does most of the work, but it is the staff's mission to facilitate
the opportunities and work donated by members. Success is truly
a joint venture.
Giving, of course, takes two forms -- time and money. Giving usually
is associated with money, but giving "time" is one of the most valuable
gifts that members can provide. Several months ago I wrote in this
space about the importance and opportunity for members to give their
time to the Association, and Pat Gratton, the AAPG president, has
discussed this in his monthly columns.
AAPG has many opportunities to serve and we always are looking
for members to work on committees or other special projects. The
Publications Committee, for example, has need of new submittals
for special publications. This is a great opportunity for members
and fulfills AAPG's mission of "disseminating information."
If you have any questions or wish to submit your name for a committee
or special project, please contact me by phone at 888-945-2274,
extension 639, or by e-mail to .
Monetary giving also is key to the development of the Association.
When most think about monetary giving we typically think of the
AAPG Foundation, and that is good. The money that individuals and
corporations have provided to the Foundation provides basic support
for programs that support the "public good," but also support member
goals for the overall geologic community. Programs such as the Grants-In-Aid
for students and our Distinguished Lecturers are the direct result
of the generosity of AAPG members through the Foundation.
However, one of the "gems" provided by the Foundation is often
forgotten or missed by members -- the Foundation Library, which
was established in 1978.
The Foundation Library is managed by two librarians, Mary Kay
Grosvald and Karen Piqune, and they have an extensive library at
their disposal -- plus complete electronic research capabilities,
including GeoRef and Datapages. As a result Mary Kay and Karen provide
complete research services.
Any member can call or e-mail the Foundation librarians and request
research on a particular field, trend or subject. For example, the
librarians recently have made numerous complete searches for members
on the Barnett Shale. Each member receives a free service and only
pays for direct fees, such as search access cost, copying and postage.
This is truly a bargain and a great service to the public and
I encourage you to contact the Foundation Library the next time
you need information. You can reach them at 888-945-2274, extension
620, or by e-mail to
As I said at the beginning, the success of the Association is dependent
on the generosity of its members. But consider this -- the growth
of the Association is limited by the level of that generosity.
In other words, the more members give, the more AAPG can give
During the past five years AAPG has been in the process of building
new and improved member benefits. To continue this trend, we need
new members to volunteer to help on committees and special projects.
Also we need more members to give monetarily to projects in which
they are interested.
In recent years, giving to the AAPG Foundation has declined primarily
due to economic conditions. We ask all members to consider the opportunities
to give to one or more of the projects supported by the Foundation.
For example, you can support the Foundation Library by giving to
the fund established with a gift annuity by Daniel A. Busch, former
AAPG president and Sidney Powers medalist.
The end of the calendar year is a good time to consider this opportunity.
Please go to http://foundation.aapg.org to find out more about the
Foundation; or call Diane Keim at 888-945-2274, extension 674, and
or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
AAPG appreciates the past giving of time and money by AAPG members.
I hope all members have a happy holiday season, and we thank you
in advance for your support in the coming New Year.