recently had the pleasure of celebrating my grandparents' 70th wedding
anniversary. It was a grand event -- particularly the lively, music-filled
open house with their old friends, acquaintances and the requisite
relatives as well.
I was most
struck by three distinguished and somewhat reserved gentlemen who
attended. I had never seen nor heard of them before the party.
was thrilled to see these old guys; it turns out that they were
members of his profession of pharmacy! I found out the story after
the cake was cut and the musical program of original piano compositions
and favorite opera songs were performed. He had hired one of them
right out of college to work for him, about 40 years ago, and the
others were in his local professional organization.
renewed my own enthusiasm and energy to devote to AAPG and DEG.
I have now seen tangible evidence that my professional associates
will become my lifelong friends who will help me mark my passage
through this life, as did my grandfather's colleagues.
tell my grandparents when I go to various conventions for AAPG-DEG
purposes, and my grandfather recently shared his enthusiasm about
his own experiences with NARD, the National Association of Retail
Druggists. He attended the annual conventions in warm and exotic
places like Miami and Phoenix for continuing education purposes
and meeting up with friends.
that he received much more out of belonging and giving his time
and energy to the organization than the dues had ever cost him.
encouraged me to keep active in my own profession. The old guys
at the party proved that professional associations are indeed personal
younger days, my grandfather was a fairly ordinary guy. He owned
and worked at a large retail drug store, had two kids and liked
to boat and fish on Lake Huron in his spare time. He also found
time one year to be a local president of the county pharmacists'
association, and to belong to a local civic organization.
an active life, as we all do today, and he still managed to give
back some time to his profession. He was plenty busy, but he managed
to volunteer some of his limited time to take continuing education
classes, to mentor others and still live life to the fullest.
I am challenging
myself to give back more than I get from all the various associations
I belong to, and that list is long. I am a joiner, as you must be,
if we all gave a little back, our Association would be a lot better
for everyone else -- and we each would be better off as well.
is becoming an exciting division for the AAPG, and we are attracting
a lot of interest from members and non-members worldwide.
I am convinced,
as are many others in the AAPG, that environmental considerations
are already ubiquitous in exploration and decision-making for exploration
and development of energy resources. The DEG has room for those
of you who have the foresight to increase your working knowledge
of the environmental components of oil and gas exploration, minerals
development, water resources and resource sustainability.
something we all share as geologists, earth scientists or geoscientists,
if you are so inclined: It is our knowledge and passion for the
Earth and her processes.
nothing better than going to a new outcrop, or peeking over the
shoulder of a modeler at a workstation, or arguing over a cross-section
interpretation with someone who has a similar or greater level of
interest and understanding as you do. It is equally thrilling to
introduce the science to someone who can get excited about the Earth
as they begin to see and understand natural processes they had not
before known about.
you are able to share some of your enthusiasm about the glorious
Earth with someone else today! You never know who will help you
celebrate your own lifetime achievements, far in the future.