The AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates gathered in September at the beautiful Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine to celebrate both the Foundation’s 50th anniversary and the 40th annual meeting of the Trustee Associates.
Despite the distraction of this gorgeous setting, the group was able to conduct two business meetings to learn about Foundation business and activities, which included the election of new officers. David Hawk was elected as the new chair, Pete MacKenzie as vice-chair and Bill Monroe will serve a two-year term as secretary/treasurer.
Greeted by fall’s first blush, the group tested brisk north winds on the top of Mt. Desert in Acadia National Park on the field trip lead by Stephen Norton, distinguished professor and professor emeritus, and Sam Roy, postdoctoral research associate, both with the University of Maine. Along with stunning views of the park’s mountains and cliffs, with stops at Sand Beach and Jordon Pond, the group enjoyed lunch in the bayside town of Bar Harbor.
Smaller groups had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of Maine’s special offerings. like a privately chartered sail in Penobscot Bay, a wine-paired lunch and tour at Cellardoor Winery, a trip to downtown Rockland for a visit to the Maine Lighthouse Museum, followed by a turn on a lobster boat as participants tried their hand at lobstering, and fishing on Megunticook Lake. Not to be outdone, the golfers spent two days at the Samoset Resort Golf Club experiencing New England’s premier championship course.
The meeting concluded at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum with the Farewell Reception and Awards Dinner where they dined amongst Formula One racers and other exotic cars for a night to remember. Guests had the opportunity to walk among a world-famous collection of pre-1940 aircraft, ground vehicles, engines and related technologies that were significant to the evolution of transportation. The evening closed with the presentation of the golf and fishing awards involving a few tales of the ‘one that got away.’
Special thanks to David and Bev Worthington for sharing their home community with the group and selecting this wonderful location for the meeting.
There was much laughter as the meeting came to an end and everyone said goodbye until next time. With the end of this meeting comes anticipation for the 41st annual Foundation Trustee Associates Meeting to be held at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. Next year’s program promises to be impressive with the Sun Valley Resort’s Ice Show kicking off the meeting on Aug. 11, 2018.
The Trustee Associates are vital to the success of the Foundation and their annual meeting provides an opportunity to stay current on Foundation business while building long-lasting friendships. Recently, the AAPG Foundation Trustees approved a reduction in the fee to join the Trustee Associates from $15,000 to $10,000. Should you want to learn more about this great opportunity and receive information about the Trustee Associates program, please contact Tamra Campbell at [email protected] or 918-560-2644.
Other Foundation News
The AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid and L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate programs are now accepting applications. These programs provide grants to qualified students ranging from $500 to $3,000 to assist with their educational endeavors. The Foundation is also accepting nominations for the Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding K-12 educators. Please visit the Foundation website (foundation.aapg.org) to see how your financial gifts can benefit these programs.