How to Recruit a Member? Just Ask

"Persuade" a Colleague to Join AAPG

Chatting with a couple of new members of AAPG makes it apparent what it takes to "persuade" a colleague to join AAPG.

And what does it take? Not much.

For instance, Mary Purcell, of Williams Production in Colorado, signed up at the recent Rocky Mountain Section meeting in Laramie, Wyo.

Why?

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Chatting with a couple of new members of AAPG makes it apparent what it takes to "persuade" a colleague to join AAPG.

And what does it take? Not much.

For instance, Mary Purcell, of Williams Production in Colorado, signed up at the recent Rocky Mountain Section meeting in Laramie, Wyo.

Why?

"Because I should have years ago," Purcell said. "They had a sign-up booth and it was very convenient and easy. It was there, I had the time and I just did it."

Then there's William J. Thompson, of the Texas Railroad Commission in Corpus Christi, Texas, who had been reading the EXPLORER and BULLETIN passed along from co-workers, all the while intending to join AAPG after he served the three years in the profession required to join as an Active member. However, with "a little urging" from a supervisor, he signed up as an Associate member and will upgrade to Active in about a year.

A recent geology graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Thompson is working in environmental geology with the TRC.

So, with a word here and an invitation there, AAPG's ranks are joined by fellow colleagues. Members are finding out it is easy to recruit for AAPG.

And keep in mind that with AAPG's Membership Enhancement Development Program, a member who recruits a new member will "get stuff," which includes a desk flag for everyone who recruits one new member, and special lapel pins for those who recruit three or more.

Prizes also will be provided at each meeting through a drawing of those who sign up a new member. The goal is to gain 1,000 net new members.

The top recruiter will receive a travel voucher, four nights lodging and registration fees for the 2003 AAPG international meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This Grand Prize winner will be announced in May at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

That's good news, because there is plenty of time to bring in new members — and maybe win the trip to Barcelona.

As of press time, there were three members who had brought in two new members each — and they were tied for the lead toward the Grand Prize. Consequently, the Grand Prize is very much up for grabs.

Recruiting kits, which contain a list of member benefits, contest information, a "recruiter button" and, most importantly, new member applications, are available by contacting AAPG at 1(800) 364-AAPG (In U.S. and Canada); or by e-mail.

Also, recruiter kits, member applications and contest rules and information all are available on the AAPG Web siterwsyyaruettebqbv.

Keep in mind that recruiting members is not a hard job — usually it's just a matter of asking "Are you a member of AAPG? No? Well, let me show you how to join.

"It's time to join, you know."

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