Five Proposals on House Agenda

One Constitution and Four Bylaws Amendments

The AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City is rapidly approaching, and the House of Delegates has some important business to conduct there.

One constitution and four bylaws amendments will be brought forward for consideration by the HoD at its meeting on Sunday, May 11.

Here's a summary of the proposals:

Electronic Ballot Amendment to the Constitution: Article VIII, Sections 1 and 5.

The AAPG Ballot Committee formally requested — and the Executive Committee proposes — that this amendment to the constitution be made to allow for voting of amendments to the constitution by electronic mail or a combination of mail and electronic mail or other suitable ballots.

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The AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City is rapidly approaching, and the House of Delegates has some important business to conduct there.

One constitution and four bylaws amendments will be brought forward for consideration by the HoD at its meeting on Sunday, May 11.

Here's a summary of the proposals:

Electronic Ballot Amendment to the Constitution: Article VIII, Sections 1 and 5.

The AAPG Ballot Committee formally requested — and the Executive Committee proposes — that this amendment to the constitution be made to allow for voting of amendments to the constitution by electronic mail or a combination of mail and electronic mail or other suitable ballots.

If the House approves this amendment, the proposed amendment will be mailed to the AAPG members within 60 days after the annual meeting. The amendment has to be approved by two-thirds majority of the members who cast votes.

Electronic Ballot Amendment to the Bylaws: Article II, Section 10 and 11.

Likewise, the AAPG Ballot Committee formally requested that amendments to the bylaws be made to allow for voting of the election of officers and the filling of officer vacancies by means of electronic balloting or other suitable means or a combination of electronic and printed balloting.

Nomination by Petition Procedures Amendment: Article II, Section 10.

A review and analysis of the procedure for nominations of officer candidates was made by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. It was the consensus of the committee and the HoD officers that the current system is effective and reasonable and does not warrant drastic changes.

There exists some timing issues however, that ought to be addressed, and are proposed as changes to the bylaws.

Publication of candidates' names in the EXPLORER rather than the BULLETIN was a request from AAPG staff, as the EXPLORER is more flexible with respect to lead time for publication. The deadline for submission of additional nominations by petition was advanced by one month (to October 15) to thus advance the publication of the names, and to allow for the candidates to be recognized at such Section and regional meetings as possible, without placing an undue burden upon the petition candidates.

Typically, candidates for office are not selected by the Executive Committee until the annual meeting, and not notified until shortly thereafter. Only at that time might a petition candidacy be initiated.

Selection Integrity Amendment: Article II, Section 14 (new).

This amendment is made to promote fairness and impartiality in the AAPG officer nomination and honors and awards process, and to protect the rights of all members to compete for nominations and awards on an equal basis, by eliminating members of the governing bodies from consideration for those offices and awards.

This amendment was proposed by the officers of the HoD and the chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Ethics Committee Amendment: Article XI, Section 2.

This proposed change comes from the Ethics Committee. It is the opinion that this committee needs to be increased in number from three to five so that if one or more members of the Ethics Committee have to excuse themselves because of a conflict of interest, the Ethics Committee still will be able to function properly and proceed with their investigations as needed.


All of the committee chairs and their members have done a wonderful job in preparing for this year's meeting in Salt Lake City. It would be absolutely impossible to accomplish the goals set forth without the volunteer help of everyone involved. I thank each and every one of them for making the House Chairman's job a whole lot easier.

I also would like to congratulate this year's House officer nominees — Valary Schulz and Deborah Sacrey for chairman-elect, and Steve Goolsby and Clint Moore for secretary/editor for agreeing to stand for election at the House of Delegate's meeting.

Those elected will join George Eynon as the new leaders of the House, with terms beginning July 1.

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