Last year was an amazing year in many ways – from the economy to the price of oil to security issues around the world. I am beginning to agree with George Bernard Shaw’s saying that “everything happens to everyone sooner or later if there is time enough.”
Along those lines it has been a very busy and productive year for AAPG:
One of the brightest spots for AAPG has been the Foundation financial campaign. Thanks to the hard work of the Foundation leadership and staff we are now approaching $25 million in actual and pledged donations.
I wish to thank all of you who have participated with pledges – and thank all of you in advance for considering a pledge to campaign.
I especially thank the Foundation Trustees and the members of the Financial Campaign who led the way with their generous pledges.
Other highlights of the year include:
The end of a year always marks a time for reflection and change, and the just-ended December was no different. We are currently considering a new corporate structure for AAPG that will develop a better worldwide business model with a stronger liability shield.
In addition, the new structure will allow the leadership and staff to work more efficiently with both the Sections and the Regions.
Anytime you are considering change, you always have to ask yourself “why do we do things that way?”
Sometimes the answer reminds me of a story I heard about a child who was watching the mother cook a roast. The mom cut off both ends of the meat and placed it in a big pot for cooking.
When the child asked, “Why, do you cut off each end?” the mother replied, “I do it because my mother did it that way, so it must make the meat taste better.”
When the child asked, “Why does it make the meat taste better?” their mother replied, “I don’t know, go ask your grandmother.”
When the child asked the grandmother she replied, “I do because my mother did it that way, so go ask your great-grandmother.”
When the child asked the great-grandmother why she cut off each end of the meat, she replied, “I do it because my pot is too small.”
In any case, we are examining our past processes – good and bad – and future needs in developing this new corporate structure.
This new year it will be deliberated by the AAPG Executive Committee, the House of Delegates, the Advisory Council and the membership at large before it is brought to the annual meeting for consideration.
We believe it will be a key item this year in improving and making a stronger Association.
Finally, thanks again for your continued support of the Foundation programs and the many hours of labor you give in building AAPG’s services worldwide.
I wish all of you a very happy New Year!
Richard D. "Rick" Fritz, an AAPG member since 1984 and a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences and the Division of Professional Affairs, has been AAPG Executive Director since 1999.
The AAPG Foundation Trustees and members of the Financial Campaign who led the way in 2008 with their generous pledges were: