Volunteers Give and Receive

International Bulletin Board

Since you're reading this article, it's likely that you're an AAPG member.

You've joined the Association for your own reasons — and no matter whether you're a student or a 30-year industry professional, something that the AAPG provides through your membership is worth the price of your annual dues. That's called value.

How is that value generated?

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Since you're reading this article, it's likely that you're an AAPG member.

You've joined the Association for your own reasons — and no matter whether you're a student or a 30-year industry professional, something that the AAPG provides through your membership is worth the price of your annual dues. That's called value.

How is that value generated?

For the Association, it's created when its members and staff work together to conceive and execute in a sound business manner a product or service that advances the geosciences and the professional well-being of its members.

The upcoming AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cancun, Mexico, is a perfect example.

The efforts of about 30 volunteer professionals, working together with headquarters' meeting planners, publication and abstract coordinators and other support, will implement a conference in October that delivers value to its attendees and the geoscience community. For example:

  • Conference registrants will receive professional value through the conference's technical sessions and exhibition, short courses and field trips, and abundant networking opportunities.
  • The conference's host society, AMGP, will add value to its organization by using its share of the conference proceeds to further its own objectives.
  • AAPG, after expenses, will utilize any of the conference's surplus to enhance the value of benefits it offers its members worldwide.

The moral of this story?

Value through volunteering!


AAPG members have many opportunities to volunteer, wherever you are. In this age of technology, volunteerism truly has no boundaries:

  • Volunteer to assist the European Region in the development of its very own conference in Prague.
  • If you're a student, volunteer to assist with various duties at AAPG's annual meeting or international conference and exhibition.
  • Volunteer to stand for election to AAPG's House of Delegates or your regional or sectional board and help shape our collective future.
  • It's even possible to create your own volunteer job description — just forward your ideas to the appropriate leadership, and see what happens.

Some of my best industry consulting geology began by volunteering to work on an AAPG event. My employment with Atlantic Richfield, for example, was a direct result of being introduced to an Arco geologist at an AAPG annual meeting who, two years later, recommended me for a staff position there.

In volunteering, I added value to my career and to my bank account as well.

Take the time to volunteer — you and your profession will be better for it.

Who knows just what value you'll receive?

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