I consider it an honor to be nominated as a candidate for an AAPG office, and I wish to thank all of the folks
who were involved in nominating me.
I have been volunteering to help within AAPG for a few decades, but the way things have been progressing
in the last couple of years reminds me of a song I still hear on the radio: In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote “the times they are a-changing” as the last line of one of his
songs. The subject of his song was the civil rights
movement, but I think the sentiment he expressed
in this line is applicable to what is going on in the
world today and to AAPG in particular. The main
reason I volunteered to run for office is my love for
the contributions made to the earth sciences and to
our profession by the staff and volunteers in AAPG
during these changing times.
Many of our members are working tirelessly on
several fronts to help strengthen our Association in
response to our changing world. Some are working
on ensuring that diversity continues to be embraced
by the organization. We also have folks working
to assure that AAPG is inclusive of our Young
Professionals, our international members and other
member groups. Other volunteers are focusing their
efforts on supporting our role in alternate energy,
carbon capture, strategic mineral sciences and
other relevant subjects. Data integration and use in
a virtual environment are the focus for some other
members. These and many other initiatives are
important for AAPG and I fully support them.
AAPG is dedicated to continuing to be the premier
geoscience association worldwide. I believe that
our ability to deliver cutting edge science, promote
professionalism and serve our membership is
directly related to our financial condition. The recent
pandemic and the downturn in the hydrocarbon
industry have strained our major revenue sources.
AAPG remains strong due to the guidance of our
current leadership and the foresight of our past
leaders. I did not join AAPG to worry about budget
issues, but a good budget maintains our ability to
support our goals. If I am fortunate enough to be
elected I will work to promote a fiscally conservative
budget while we rebuild our reserves. At the same
time, I will endeavor to help assure that AAPG
continues to deliver the science and resources that
are important to our membership.
I am proud to be an AAPG member, and I look
forward to a bright future for our Association.