1,529 Members Donated to AAPG Foundation

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The AAPG Foundation closed-out the 2010-11 fiscal year on June 30 with 1,529 contributions that totaled $2,180,648.

This enables the Foundation to support dozens of programs and provide many more scholarships and awards to deserving students – so thanks to all who have contributed this year!

The Foundation’s annual report is available online at the Foundation website.

The Foundation Trustees met in June and took action on several proposals, including:

♦Approved using $62,500 from the Visiting Geoscientists Fund for travel expenses related to an extended AAPG outreach trip of AAPG President Paul Weimer.

Weimer is presenting a half-day short course, free of charge for students and professionals, titled, “The Petroleum Industry in the Next Decade: An Overview to the Science, Technology and AAPG” (see related story, page 36). His travels will take him to more than 34 locations around the world during his term.

♦Approved a proposal from AAPG’s Search and Discovery for $50,000. Search and Discovery is a free, digital online geoscience database and is available to geoscientists, academia and members of the general public.

u Changed the name of the former Special Publications Fund to the Amoruso Special Publications Fund, in honor of the service and the financial commitment that John J. Amoruso has made to the Foundation.

Amoruso, a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, also is a past AAPG president, a winner of the Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award and an AAPG Honorary Member.

In other Foundation news:

The Mansfield Library at the University of Montana Missoula is looking for a donor to establish a University Subscription for its library.

The University of Montana has its main campus in Missoula, as well as branch campuses in three other locations: Montana Tech in Butte, UM-Western in Dillon and the Helena College of Technology in Helena.

Those interested should contact the Foundation office at 918-560-2674.

♦The Foundation also is seeking donations specifically for two funds in its Grants-in-Aid program – the Gretchen Nakayama Memorial Grant and the Kenneth O. Stanley Memorial Grant.

Nakayama was a researcher for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. She was a graduate of University of Rochester and University of California-Davis.

Stanley, a geological adviser for ExxonMobil Exploration, was a graduate of UCLA and the University of Wisconsin.

Recipients can be from any university with a geology department.

♦Attention Texas Tech alumni and friends – the Eddie David Challenge Grant needs only $28,980 to establish an endowment for the Texas Tech University.

David, a Trustee Associate, has agreed to match gifts for two new grants up to $100,000. The new Eddie David Named Grant is restricted to graduate students at Texas Tech University as part of the AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid program.

The new George B. Asquith Scholarship for Excellence in Petroleum Geology will be selected annually by the Texas Tech Foundation and will be based on research achievement and academic merit for a graduate student studying exploration of hydrocarbon resources.

To contribute to this initiative, contact the Foundation office.

♦In June we published a list of 22 people who have contributed to the Foundation for 10 or more consecutive years – but there is a 23rd person whose name was inadvertently omitted. That would be Jack Martin, who has contributed to the Foundation for 20 consecutive years.

The 34th annual Trustee Associates meeting will be held Sept. 7-11 at Lake Tahoe, Calif., with the theme “Reaching New Heights.”

Sponsorships are being requested for the business meetings, field trip and table sponsors.

The Trustee Associates would like to welcome Martin Shields as a new member. He has been a member of AAPG since 1980 and lives in The Woodlands, Texas.

For information on the TA’s upcoming meeting, or on joining the group, go online to foundation.aapg.org/trusteeassociates.cfm.

When paying your AAPG dues, here’s something to consider: Add a contribution to the AAPG Foundation in your payment.

By doing so you can help the AAPG Foundation reach the next generation.

Give online at foundation.aapg.org/donate.cfm, or mail to AAPG Foundation, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, Okla. 74101.

Credit card donations can be made by calling 1-800-397-4141, ext. 2644.

You also can contact the office for information on supporting the Foundation’s mission through a bequest or other planned gift.

Three AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates have recently died: Virginia Monaghan, Thomas Edwards Matson and past AAPG President Don Freeman Tobin (see related story, page 47).

Their obituaries can be found at www.foundation.aapg.org under the “Trustee Associates” tab.

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