There’s no way to overstate the importance and ongoing valuable impacts made toward the future of geosciences by the AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates. That’s a fact.
And here’s another fact: You can easily be a part of that group – and, in joining, make an important contribution toward ensuring the future of our profession.
The Foundation Trustee Associates – or TAs, as they often are called – were formed in 1978, when the Foundation Trustees wanted to officially recognize a distinguished group of contributors. Since then, AAPG has benefited greatly from the members’ collective contributions of financial support, counsel and leadership.
TAs will tell you that they’ve benefited, too, from the satisfaction of supporting so many important causes, and from the fulfilling camaraderie they experience with others who share common interests, backgrounds and experiences.
Profile of a Trustee Associate
Who is a typical TA?
Many TA members are retired, but not all. In fact, a growing number of new TAs are mid-level geologists who recognize the value of helping others. Others are consultants or independents who have some control of their own schedules.
TA membership comprises individuals who are knowledgeable and experienced. Almost all have had or are currently enjoying successful professional careers. Moreover, by their membership as TAs they demonstrate that they have an active interest both in AAPG and in its programs and projects supporting students, faculty members and the geoscience community.
Sound like you?
I encourage any AAPG member, especially younger ones, who have the interest and financial ability to support the Association’s programs to consider applying for membership now. Becoming a TA may be one of the best investments of your career.
And about the camaraderie: The annual TA meetings offer a fun, relaxing and often inspiring getaway for all TA members, with activities that include business sessions, geologic field trips of topical interest and a variety of other events. Spouses are encouraged to attend, and interesting activities are planned for their enjoyment.
Incidentally, this year’s Trustees Associates meeting will be held Oct. 9-13 in Kohler, Wisc., and as always, all TA members are eligible to attend.
What better way is there to meet and get to know individuals not ordinarily accessible by other means? What better group could there be from which to find a mentor, a coach or a respected expert?
What more effective networking opportunities could there be than spending time with some of the best-known and well-connected individuals in our profession?
How to Join
Now is an ideal time to act. A goal of TA’s leadership is to maintain a membership total of 300. Today their number stands near 285. So, until the membership reaches 300, a total of only $10,000 is required, with funds payable over a five-year period. After we reach the 300 level, the initial pledge will again be $15,000, payable over five years.
The process is simple. Contact Diane Keim in AAPG’s Foundation office and request an application form. Identify three references and return the form. Approval requires the first payment of your pledged five-year obligation.
I’m certain you will find the Trustee Associates a satisfying and rewarding organization for a lifetime of active participation. And I hope to meet you soon.