Hunting the Permian in the Permian Basin: WTGS 2014 Fall Symposium

Larry Wickstrom
Larry Wickstrom

One thing I always have found amazing within the House of Delegates is that every year there always are significant ideas, suggestions and issues that arise among the membership. With eight committees staffed with ‘new eyes’ every year or so, identifying items to be addressed by the House should be expected, and I never tire of knowing that something is going to get a debate going! I think it’s a sign of a very healthy professional organization that is responding to the inevitable changes that exert pressures that must be addressed.

This past year, as chair-elect of the House, I had the pleasure of working under the chairmanship of Larry Wickstrom. As a lead-in to my responsibilities as chair of the House in 2014, Larry had me attend a couple of Section meetings (Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent) this past fall where I hosted the morning House of Delegates meeting. It was a real pleasure to put faces to many of the names I had heard. It gave me a broader perspective of what our members are concerned about and which may be the next ‘issues’ that need to be addressed by the House. I look forward to meeting more of you as chair of the House.This past year, as chair-elect of the House, I had the pleasure of working under the chairmanship of Larry Wickstrom. As a lead-in to my responsibilities as chair of the House in 2014, Larry had me attend a couple of Section meetings (Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent) this past fall where I hosted the morning House of Delegates meeting. It was a real pleasure to put faces to many of the names I had heard. It gave me a broader perspective of what our members are concerned about and which may be the next ‘issues’ that need to be addressed by the House. I look forward to meeting more of you as chair of the House.

On Sunday, April 6 at the HoD annual meeting I will be sitting front and center at the head table with Larry and Dan and I look forward to the discussions regarding sponsorship requirements for membership. As Larry mentioned, I strongly recommend that all delegates come prepared by reading this year’s Delegates’ Voice publications and visit the MyAAPG website. There are good arguments both for and against this motion so, as a delegate, be prepared and come with your Section’s or Region’s opinions and share them!

Of particular interest to me, as incoming chair, are going to be the new business discussions at the end of the meeting. Some potential agenda items that have been discussed this year are:

  • Allow electronic voting during the year, outside of our annual meeting, for minor housekeeping items.
  • Allow remote (WebEx) attendance and voting for delegates who cannot attend the HoD annual meeting.
  • Formation and governance of new Divisions (SIGS/TIGS Ad hoc Committee findings and next steps). 
  • Use an electronic voting device audience response system at the HoD annual meeting to do away with members standing and counting-off to register their vote. 
  • Revise the HoD annual meeting format to allow more time to debate important issues. Revise the HoD annual meeting format to allow more time to debate important issues.
  • Membership has been growing but there has been a drop in voting member numbers (largest increase is Student membership). How do we address this?
  • Revision of how AAPG committees meet at the Annual Convention and Exhibition so more of the convention itself can actually be attended.

As I transition into Larry’s role I would like all delegates and AAPG members to know that if I am to be as effective as the previous chairs of the House I need to know what all of you are thinking and what concerns you want addressed. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

One final note, as I sit here in Calgary under a Siberian cold front with no signs of it moving, is that one of the toughest jobs for the chair is filling the various committee seats at the beginning of each term in order to begin House business. I echo Larry in that I would like to get some new HoD members on these committees to work alongside all committee veterans. I know that I gained much more out of the committee experience than I had to put into it, so please come and say “Hello” to me in Houston if you are willing to serve your Association!

See you in WARM Houston!

 

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