Foundation Selects Leadership

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Four Members of the Corporation and two Trustees for the AAPG Foundation were re-elected to new terms during the group’s recent meeting in New Orleans during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

Re-elected to five-year terms as Members of the Corporation were:

  • Robbie Rice Gries, Denver.
  • Frank W. Harrison Jr., Lafayette, La.
  • Paul M. Strunk, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Charles Weiner, Houston.

Re-elected for three-year terms as Trustees were:

  • William J. Barrett, Denver.
  • William L. Fisher, Austin, Texas.

Fisher, as chairman of the Trustees, also announced the following funding approvals at the board’s meeting in New Orleans:

  • $30,000 in support of AGI’s Earth Science Week Program, “Exploring Energy.”
  • $20,000 in support of providing framed U.S. Geological Survey “Tapestry of Time” maps to be distributed in collaboration with the More! Rocks in Your Head program.
  • $3,000 to the Northern California Geological Society, to supply geologic maps of California to San Francisco Bay area teachers.

The next meeting of the Members of the Corporation is set for April 11 in Houston.

The AAPG Foundation was established to carry out scientific, educational objectives through the use of charitable, tax-deductible gifts and contributions from AAPG members and corporate entities.

Trustee Associates support the AAPG Foundation, provide counsel and leadership to the Trustees, lend support to fundraising efforts and provide guidance of the scientific and educational agenda that it underwrites.

Today there are 275 Trustee Associates, and they play a stellar role in the development of AAPG’s financial resources, thereby dramatically accelerating its ability to support scientific educational programs.

Jim McGhay, Tulsa, and Walter S. Light Jr., Houston, are the newest members to join the group.

Foundation Trustee William E. Gipson recently established a new Named Grant to be awarded through the AAPG Grants-in-Aid Program.

The William E. Gipson Named Grant will be awarded beginning in 2011 to a Southern Methodist University graduate student studying petroleum geology.

The Named Grants-in-Aid Program is a specially endowed segment of the Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid Program. It provides a gift that renews indefinitely while at the same time honors the donor or someone of his/her choosing.

Grants are awarded annually in amounts ranging from $500 to $3,000.

Support of the Grants-in-Aid Program is important – each year more students apply than can be funded.

For details on how to support the Grants-in-Aid Program contact Rebecca Griffin, at 918-560-2644.

Contributions to the AAPG Foundation are tax deductible for persons subject to U.S. income tax.

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Rebecca Griffin worked as the AAPG Foundation manager until October 2010.

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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.

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