The Energy Minerals Division (EMD) was started in 1977, and the inaugural
meeting of the EMD was approved by
the AAPG House of Delegates on June
12. EMD's first business meeting was
conducted by President Loyd Carlson
on June 13, 1977, in Washington, D.C.
The EMD was formed as a forum for
professional development in energy
hydrocarbons, energy economics,
geothermal energy and geospatial
The Division of Professional Affairs
(DPA) was started in 1965, and the first
chairman of the AAPG Professional
Standards Committee was John A.
Taylor. The executive committees were
not formed until 1968, with the first DPA
president being W. Dow Hamm.
A key part of the DPA's mission is to
provide profession recognition and
development through peer reviewed
The Division of Environmental
Geosciences (DEG) was unanimously
approved at the House of Delegates
meeting June 21, 1992, in Calgary,
Canada. The first DEG business
meeting was held June 22, 1992, with
the first president being named as
Bernold M. Hanson.
Its primary mission is to educate the
AAPG membership and the general
public about important environmental
and conservation issues that affect
petroleum/energy minerals exploration
AAPG's President Pete Rose has called fiscal year 2005-06 "The Year of the Divisions."
As a result, the first joint Division Workshop was held in Dallas on Aug. 5; officers from all three Divisions were present, as well as Pete Rose and past-president and Advisory Council chair, Pat Gratton.
The meeting's purpose was to review the strategic plan for each Division and define their goals and tactics.
AAPG has three Divisions: the Energy Minerals Division, the Division of Professional Affairs and the Division of Environmental Geosciences (see box).
In the workshop's first stage we examined each Division and defined its current reality, e.g., what is the membership of each Division, and what is the value produced by their association?
This was a good exercise with remarkable focus of the significant contributions of each Division. For example:
- Even with the advent of state certification, DPA certification remains an important part of professional development and support.
- The EMD Web site is a significant tool for energy minerals information and professional interaction.
- DEG's Environmental Geosciences journal is a valuable peer reviewed publication.
Once the current reality was defined the second stage was to note how that reality is different from the ultimate goals of each Division. That process allowed us to ask ourselves, "How do we reach those goals?" This "strategic how" is critical to building the "tactical -- what, who, when and where" of an overall business plan for the Divisions.
I cannot describe the details of the tactical plans at this time, as each Division leadership is in the process of reviewing the results of the workshop. Once reviewed, each Division will modify its current business plan.
However, I will note the following three key categories we discussed:
- How do we solicit new members?
- How do we develop new products and services to increase the value of each Division?
- How do we fund current and new products and services?
The final stage of the workshop was to define a set of deliverables based on the strategic plan. For example, the leadership of the Divisions agreed to immediately request funding from the AAPG Foundation. As a result, in their meeting on Aug. 21-22, the Foundation Trustees approved $18,000 to fund two EMD publications and $22,000 to support the DEG Environmental Geosciences journal this year.
The workshop was an exciting opportunity for all three Divisions to work together on strategic goals. The Divisions are important to AAPG and provide a significant value to our membership.
Editor's note: If you would like to join any or all of the Divisions, please contact Norma Newby by e-mail at ; or by phone at 1-918-560-2613 (toll free at 1-800-397-4141 ext. 2613.