Board of Directors Meeting – January 2010

Title: RMAG January Board of Directors Meeting
Author: Laura Mauro, Secretary
Publication: The Outcrop, March 2010, p. 29

The 2010 Board of Directors held their first meeting January 20th, 2010! We filled the room with bodies, excitement, anticipation, and eagerness to support a great association through the New Year. The new Secretary was particularly nervous for this event which would test unproven skills in note taking for board meetings. Sure, countless notes about math and science have been prepared, but never for a board meeting of a prestigious geological association. Meeting agenda printout, check; laptop, check; laptop power cord; check; show up early, check; sit in an inconspicuous spot near an outlet for the power cord, nope! The only spot close enough for the cord to reach the outlet was at the head of the table. Two lessons learned within the first 5 minutes of the meeting: I) bring an extension cord for the next meeting and 2) don’t sit at the head of the table. That seat may be reserved!

The meeting started with approval of the 2010 budget that showed exciting plans and associated expenses for the year to come. Our Treasurer, Connie Knight, updated the Board on our investment fund, which has performed very well compared to the overall market. Investments have gone up enough to cover the money drawn from the account in 2009.

The office reported an increase in publication sales for December due in part to the newly available Paradox Basin Symposium. The numbers are in and the 2009 Prospect Fair and Rockbusters’ Ball events were a success. Thanks to all who supported these events through sponsorship, volunteering, or attendance. The AAPG Distinguished Lecture by Toni Simo was also a success with high attendance.

The Continuing Education Committee is working on some great out-of-the-box ideas for educational subjects that include a discussion panel on climate change; water in the Rockies; and mantle evolution, mineral exploration, and implications for hydrocarbon generation. Expect to see an email polling the membership on the level of interest in new focus topics later this year.

The Publications Committee has produced a new style guide for RMAG publications that will soon be available on the RMAG website. They are also working to put together editor guidelines with tips and tricks for future editors to review to help expedite the publication process. We appreciate the large tasks that publication editors take on when they agree to help with our publications and recognize that we have a lot people with experience and lessons learned that can be passed on to future editors. It has been five years since our last digital CD release of The Mountain Geologist publications so the Committee is working on another CD release to cover that journal from 2005 through 2009.

The Board meeting ended with a focus on the future, specifically on the young professionals in RMAG. This Board and many experienced RMAG professional members are very interested in helping young professionals get involved with RMAG. Whether it is through participating in any number of RMAG committees listed on our website or giving a luncheon talk we all need to take it upon ourselves to urge young professionals to get involved and be active in RMAG! There’s no excuse, especially with the success and growing outreach to foster the network between experienced professionals and the next generation through RMAG NeoGeos events.

The February BOD meeting was held on the 17th at 4:00 p.m. in the University Building. The March meeting will be held on the 17th at 4:00 p.m. in the University Building conference room on the 2nd floor.