Trustee Associates Make a Solid Foundation

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The AAPG Foundation is rock solid, thanks largely to a special group of contributors known as the AAPG Foundation’s Trustee Associates.

Since 1978, this group of geoscience professionals has supported the Foundation’s educational, charitable and scientific initiatives that bolster many fields of geoscience – while at the same time enjoying a special, one-of-a-kind camaraderie.

The generous nature of geologists pairs well with the aim of the Trustee Associates: men and women who enjoy the friendship of fellow geoscientists – and also are committed to positively impacting earth science education efforts and initiatives across the world.

Over the last 36 years, countless earth science teachers, university students, professors and various geoscience educational initiatives have benefitted from their generosity.haa

They are the Foundation’s greatest group of supporters and keenest advocates, ensuring that geoscientists of tomorrow have the tools to ensure their success today.

Boundless Beginnings

Merrill Haas
Merrill Haas
The late Merrill Haas, a former Trustee and longtime Foundation supporter, captured the history behind the concept of the Trustee Associates in a letter he wrote late in his career.

Haas believed there was a fundamental vision underlying the goals of the group: They wanted to provide an opportunity for those who have benefitted from the geosciences a good way to pay it forward.

Dean McGee
Dean McGee
In his letter, Haas shared that fellow geoscientist and Foundation supporter Dean McGee suggested the organization create an affiliation patterned after another group of which he was a member.

McGee recommended that the members meet annually, provide input into Foundation affairs, sponsor projects and socialize together.

Haas proposed the name “Trustee Associates,” and the group was announced at a Foundation development dinner at the Plimsoll Club in New Orleans on May 22, 1976.

Designed to Wear Many Hats

The Trustee Associates program was designed to provide a platform for interested participants to bolster the Foundation’s ability to reach its goals and objectives, and to provide a way to recognize those individuals who provided substantial financial support.

The group also was shaped to serve as an advisory body to counsel the governing members of the Foundation, the Board of Trustees.

The plan was set. The group would meet annually, at which time new Trustee Associates would be recognized.

The group’s first annual meeting was held in May 1978 at Shangri-La Resort, Monkey Island, Okla., shortly after the dedication of the AAPG Weeks Energy Resources Tower in Tulsa.

Membership totaled 67 supporters, and 31 Trustee Associates attended the first annual meeting. The requisite contribution at that time was $2,500.

Looking Forward

Today membership has grown to nearly 280 Trustee Associates, with nearly 100 members attending the annual business meeting at a location selected by the event’s chairman.

This fall the meeting will take the group to Austin, Texas, to discover and enjoy the “City of the Violet Crown.”

In addition to conducting business, the members will enjoy field trips of geologic interest, historic tours, visits to local wineries and more.

Bob Ardell
Bob Ardell
MIchael Wisda
MIchael Wisda
This year’s chairman Jay Henthorne and his wife, Mary Beth, will host a special dinner and awards ceremony. Also, the Foundation will formally recognize top honors given to two stellar Trustee Associates, Bob Ardell and Michael Wisda, both of whom were recognized with the Trustee Associates Service Award for outstanding support and service to the Foundation.

The 2015 meeting will whisk the group to the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in 2016 they will meet at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel off the Kahala Coast in Hawaii.

The Trustee Associates play a stellar role in the continued development of the Foundation’s financial resources.

Membership is by invitation by other Trustee Associates. Prerequisites are AAPG membership; a $15,000 contribution to the AAPG Foundation; the sponsorship of three Trustee Associates.

The group supports more than 30 funds and programs, including educational programs, awards, publications, lectureships, fellowships and digital resources.

If you are interested in learning more about the programs that they support, or in securing an invitation for membership, contact; or call toll free, 1-855-302-2743, or 918-560-2664.

Comments (0)


What Can I Do?

Add Item

Enter Notes:
* You must be logged in to name and customize your collection.
Recommend Recommend
Printable Version Printable Version Email to a friend Email to a friend

Foundation Update

Foundation Update - April Stuart

April Stuart is the AAPG Foundation Program Coordinator.

Foundation Update

Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

View column archives

See Also: Short Course

Short Course In Conjunction with AAPG 2016 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) - AAPG Professional Women in Earth Sciences (PROWESS) and Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) ACE SC 06 | Decision and Risk Analysis for Uncertain Times in the Energy Industry ACE SC 06 | Decision and Risk Analysis for Uncertain Times in the Energy Industry Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/sc6-ace16-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 23810

See Also: Workshop

Workshop In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) EMD/SEG/DEG Oil Sands and Heavy-Oil Workshop: Furthering the Collaborations and Sharing the Learnings EMD/SEG/DEG Oil Sands and Heavy-Oil Workshop: Furthering the Collaborations and Sharing the Learnings Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/blog-learn-CSPG-oil-sands-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 26480

See Also: Asia Pacific Blog

Asia Pacific Blog AAPG Young Professionals Leadership Summit 2014 AAPG Young Professionals Leadership Summit 2014 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/AAPG-Young-Professionals-Leadership-Summit-2014-2.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 17680

See Also: Delegates Voice Business Article

Delegates Voice Business Article Members Respond to the Sponsorship Issue… Members Respond to the Sponsorship Issue… Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/johnsen-sigrunn.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 10535

See Also: Foundation Update

Foundation Update Hartman Honored with Weeks Memorial Medal Hartman Honored with Weeks Memorial Medal Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/blog-fdn-hartman-honored-with-weeks-memorial-award.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 28961