was shopping with Zoe, my little girl, and we both decided that
we needed to go to the "facilities." It was a secure store and she's
big enough to go into the women's restroom by herself, but as she
entered she handed me her big Cabbage Patch doll to hold for her.
holding things for Zoe, so I didn't think much about it -- and proceeded
into the men's restroom.
I did not
realize the awkwardness of holding a large doll in that situation
until several other men walked in giving me funny looks and smiles.
to give a simple explanation, but I decided to keep my mouth shut
and act like it was normal and I felt secure about my masculinity.
received several questions about the new BULLETIN format and the
dues statements this month, so I would like to open my mouth now
and give a few "simple explanations" to the three most typical questions
we are receiving from members:
Do I have to pay extra on my dues statement for a paper copy of
you want a paper copy of the BULLETIN (instead of the semi-annual
CD-ROMS) all you have to do is check the box on the dues statement,
or contact the membership department at 888-945-2274 ext. 2412 or
643; or by e-mail at .
Members only pay extra if you want to receive both the hardcopy
and the semi-annual CD-ROMS (an annual charge of US$39).
Gratton mentioned in his letter included with the dues statement
and his March President's Column, AAPG is laying the foundation
for the future by easing the membership into the new world of electronic
publications. Although this allows us to keep dues as low as possible
in the face of rising costs, it is also the right thing to do for
future development of the BULLETIN.
provide digital access to their flagship publications but charge
extra for paper copies. As a transitional measure, AAPG's Executive
Committee has decided not to charge for paper copies this year.
Why do we have a suggested donation to the Foundation on the dues
members use this mechanism as a reminder to donate to the many successful
AAPG Foundation programs. Also, the AAPG needs broad-based support
to maintain its tax status. Most societies use this mechanism to
maintain that broad-based support.
Foundation supports many worthwhile educational programs, grants-in-aid
to students and outreach programs such as the AAPG Distinguished
Lecturer. Each year, we have a very positive response from AAPG
members to this dues reminder. Please note that it is only a suggested
amount and is not required.
How easy is it to pay my dues online?
new software this year that is designed for easy use. You can logon
by using the "Pay your dues online" hot link on AAPG's homepage,
or use www.aapg.org/dues/ as the address.
note that you will need your membership number for the "Login" and
your member password. If you need to request a password or have
forgotten it, just click on the "need password" link and you will
be sent one via e-mail, or your can make up your own.
have any questions about paying online, please contact us at 888-945-2274
ext. 412 or 643; or by e-mail at .
remember you also can register for the annual convention online
-- and if you register before June 1 you'll save $70 on the registration
cost. See www.aapg.org/calgary/ for details.
experiencing the highest pre-registration in the last 12 years for
an annual meeting, so make your plans early and register now.
have any comments on the dues process or would like more simple
explanations, please contact me at .