Proposed Bylaw Changes Slated

Delegates to Take Action

At the time of writing in early January, the work of Ed Heath and his committee is almost over. All that remains is review by counsel for correctness of wording and "legalese."

As is often the case, there are a number of "no-brainers"—things that have been either overlooked or made redundant—the housekeeping items. But there also are two items that, as Delegates, you will want to familiarize yourselves with ahead of time.

Membership Endorsements

First, a small change to the membership application process: We recommend continuing to require three endorsements, but that only two of the three need be "members in good standing," i.e., Active, Honorary or Emeritus.

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At the time of writing in early January, the work of Ed Heath and his committee is almost over. All that remains is review by counsel for correctness of wording and "legalese."

As is often the case, there are a number of "no-brainers"—things that have been either overlooked or made redundant—the housekeeping items. But there also are two items that, as Delegates, you will want to familiarize yourselves with ahead of time.

Membership Endorsements

First, a small change to the membership application process: We recommend continuing to require three endorsements, but that only two of the three need be "members in good standing," i.e., Active, Honorary or Emeritus.

This slight change will make it a little less onerous on potential members from small Societies and Sections, or from large, geographically dispersed Regions.

Ceiling for Membership Dues

Second, we need to raise the ceiling for membership dues—not the actual dues, the Executive Committee does that, but just the "ceiling" —from $75 to $125.

The ceiling was last increased in 1983, when it was raised more than 100 percent, from $35 to $75. It has taken over 20 years to move fully to the present ceiling—both the dues and the ceiling are now at $75.

We now need to provide future executive committees room within which to work as they budget for all the programs available to members. It will take numerous small raises at two-to-four-year intervals before we will need to adjust the ceiling again.

At the current $75 level—with all the AAPG member services included —we have the best deal going!

Housekeeping

Now for the housekeeping:

  • We are removing any references to "Junior" membership, which was abolished some time ago.
  • We are providing the Executive Committee more flexibility in its meeting and voting procedures.
  • We are eliminating the inconsistency in the Bylaws concerning reinstatement by unanimous vote of the entire Executive Committee of former members expelled for ethical reasons.
  • At the end of Student status, members will be automatically "reclassified as" (rather than "required to become") Associate members. It makes for ease of administration, and removes the onus from members to initiate the process.

Specifics of the changes are available at www.aapg.org/bylawschanges.cfm. Hard copies are available by contacting Donna Riggs at headquarters.

That's it! We look forward to seeing all the delegates in Dallas.

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