John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
The AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates exemplify this statement.
Officially recognized in 1978 by the AAPG Foundation Trustees, the Foundation Trustee Associates were organized for the purpose of supporting the AAPG Foundation, providing counsel and leadership to its Trustees and lending support to its fundraising efforts.
Present day, there are more than 280 Foundation Trustee Associates who inspire geoscientists from all over the world to dream more, learn more and do more through their generosity.
Charles and Linda Sternbach said, “We support AAPG programs because they fuel professionalism, education and science fundamental to our industry. As geologists, it is natural that we, through the Foundation, encourage geoscientists to expand our geological frontiers and honor those who enhance our heritage.”
Charles Sternbach is AAPG immediate past president and a Foundation Trustee Associate.
Annually, the AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates ensure the continuation of the following initiatives:
- Introduce young students to geology by funding creative educational programming and curriculum developed by organizations specializing in K-12 education.
- Place grants directly into the hands of university students to assist their pursuit of geology degrees and careers.
- Enable professionals to share their knowledge with students worldwide through lectures and visits to university campuses.
- Provide funding for programs that provide opportunities for students and young professionals to improve the quality of life for people around the world through humanitarian relief efforts using geoscience technology.
- Recognize outstanding leaders and educators for their achievements in geoscience.
Past AAPG President, Sidney Powers Memorial award recipient, Foundation Trustee Associate and Trustee Marlan Downey simply stated, “I have been fortunate, so I owe others.”
Beyond their passion for “giving back,” this group continues to thrive because of the bonds and relationships they have formed with each other. I can speak directly about the wonderful friendships they have developed through the years.
At Foundation gatherings, friends are remembered, birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated, photos are shared and business is conducted.
Longtime Foundation Trustee Associate Ed Heath said, “I continue my support of the Foundation as best as I can, and as a member, to cherish the Association with fellow members at receptions and annual meetings … and I encourage all members of AAPG to consider joining the Foundation … your rewards will be infinite.”
This group continues to play a stellar role in the development of AAPG Foundation’s financial resources, which represent approximately 60 percent of the annual contributions, thereby dramatically accelerating its ability to support a variety of programs. In addition, they help the Trustees guide the scientific and educational agenda
How do you inspire others?
Join this exceptional group today to continue the AAPG Foundation legacy of giving! Contact the Foundation office at 918-560-2644 or [email protected].