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Director's Corner

I hired a landscaper to do some work on my yard, whose main job was to cut down two small trees in the front yard.

Concerned about how the job was progressing, I called him at the end of the day from work (it seems that all contractors now have cell phones for easy access). When I asked about the trees, he said "Sure, I cut down all four of 'em!"

And I'm thinking, there are only four trees in my front yard — two that were small, two that were very large — but when pressed on the matter he insisted that he had cut down four trees!

After a few choice words, I rushed home to gratefully find my two large trees still standing and the two small trees gone. When I asked him about the four trees, he smiled like he was talking to a child and said, "Look h'yar, you can see that the maple had one trunk, and the redbud had three trunks. That's four!"

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I hired a landscaper to do some work on my yard, whose main job was to cut down two small trees in the front yard.

Concerned about how the job was progressing, I called him at the end of the day from work (it seems that all contractors now have cell phones for easy access). When I asked about the trees, he said "Sure, I cut down all four of 'em!"

And I'm thinking, there are only four trees in my front yard — two that were small, two that were very large — but when pressed on the matter he insisted that he had cut down four trees!

After a few choice words, I rushed home to gratefully find my two large trees still standing and the two small trees gone. When I asked him about the four trees, he smiled like he was talking to a child and said, "Look h'yar, you can see that the maple had one trunk, and the redbud had three trunks. That's four!"

Now I understood. I also understood how I would be charged for the job.


Communication, of course, is everything. Even though this workman had a cell phone, he and I were still not communicating. I find this is often true with Association work.

This year we will be making a special effort to communicate opportunities for members and goals for the Association.


One basic opportunity for members is volunteerism. There are numerous committees that cater to a variety of interests in the geosciences. Many of these committees are looking for new members. It is good for the Association to find new members with new ideas.

The Membership Committee, for example, is expanding this year. This committee will be looking for additional help to drive the Membership Enhancement and Development Program, to be led again this year by past president Dan Smith. The Membership Committee, chaired by Jeff Lund, also will be charged with evaluating the interests of certain member subsets. For example, we will be looking at the needs of our retired members to see how AAPG can better serve our senior members.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of AAPG's committees, please review the committees of AAPG and if there is a committee you would like to join, please contact the committee chair.

If you have questions and cannot reach the committee chair, please contact me at 1-800-364-2274.

We always need volunteers for AAPG's meetings. The fourth annual fall APPEX Prospect and Property Exposition will be held Sept. 14-16 in Houston. This show features prospects and properties from around the world and is a great networking opportunity. We are expecting over 2,000 participants, and many volunteers are needed to run the show. You do not necessarily need to be located in Houston, so if you are interested, please contact Michelle Mayfield Gentzen at 1-800-397-4141, ext. 2618 (1-918-560-2618).


AAPG also continually looks for good submittals for the BULLETIN and special publications. This is a great opportunity to share knowledge with your peers, which is one of the basic missions of AAPG. All members are encouraged to consider sharing his or her work and discoveries in print. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your profession.

If you are interested in providing a submittal — or just have a good idea — please contact Geoscience Director Jack Thomas at 1-800-364-2274, ext. 649 (1-918-560-2649).

Jack also is the person to contact if you are interested in developing a short course or field trip for AAPG.


Please note that these opportunities to volunteer are not just for the benefit of AAPG. Once I started volunteering, I received much more in return for my professional development.

Making new contacts are key to successful careers — and working as a volunteer over time can help build a great network.

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