Delegates Voice June 2014

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)



By all accounts, the Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston in April was a huge success! The annual meeting of the House of Delegates (HoD) on April 6 also was a big success. We had 207 delegates present (out of a total of 226) and moved through a packed agenda, including a rather contentious issue that will start a new course for AAPG.


House Chair Larry Wickstrom certainly had his hands full with the sponsorship issue this year! At our 44th annual House of Delegates meeting in April Larry did a great job moving the sponsorship amendment forward.


In the course of teaching around the world this last year, I have seen the beginning of the “Great Crew Change.” We all have known it was coming, but I can tell you from first hand observation it has arrived.


I bet you thought this article was going to be about the sponsorship issue. Nope, something much less controversial, I am assuming.



The HoD Honors and Awards Committee consists of 10 members, which encompass the many Regions and Sections of AAPG from all over the globe. These members have served in several different leadership positions within AAPG and their local societies. Their commitment to bring forth the highest honors to those who have paved the way for our great organization has been exceptional. 


I enjoyed the Houston ACE meeting. The technical sessions and social events were excellent. The Houston Geological Society and AAPG need to be commended for the great convention.


As of 9:08 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, 195 delegates were seated prior to the report from the Credentials Committee. The total number of elected delegates is 226; therefore, the presence of 114 delegates was required for a quorum during the House of Delegates meeting.



I am disappointed in what happened during the discussion and voting on the proposal for elimination of the "three sponsors" requirement for AAPG membership. The Executive Committee put the proposal to amend the Bylaws in front of the HoD to be voted on.



In all Advisory Council and other committee meetings this year we have unanimously expressed that the AAPG is, should be, and will be the go-to premier geosciences professional organization for the global oil and gas profession. I agree 110 percent, even more!