President’s Column – January 2004

Title: Are You Looking Forward to 2004?
Author: Donna S. Anderson
Publication: The Outcrop, January 2004, p. 3

Are you looking forward to 2004? I am. Past Boards and our Executive Director Sandi Pellissier have broken the past cycle of financial distress, or should I say “punctuated disequilibrium” (apologies to the late Stephen Jay Gould), to create the current cycle of financial stability. Over the past years, you, the membership, have come to expect an active and relevant series of symposia, technical publications, and talks plus the opportunity to network and have fun at social events. We will continue our activities and build on our financial foundation.

This year brings an exciting program for the membership. The first event of the New Year is the 3-D Seismic Symposium on February 27. Randy Ray and his committee promise to have an exciting surprise in honor of the 10th anniversary of the symposium (see lead article for this issue). The second event will be the always-popular GeoLand Ski held on Friday, March 5. Jumping to the summer, the expanded Golf Tournament will be held on June 22. We also have the Friday lunch and speaker program, On the Rocks field trips, Tennis Tournament, Rockbuster’s Ball and the Prospect Fair/Technofest on tap for 2004.

Undoubtedly, you have put the upcoming Rocky Mountain AAPG section meeting (hosted by the RMAG) on your calendar: August 9 to 11, at the Denver Convention Center. A first-ever joint meeting with COGA (Colorado Oil and Gas Association), it will blend all aspects of our business from the scientific and technologic to the marketing and finance components. General Chairman Randy Ray has gathered an excellent group of volunteers to make this meeting a reality.

So, what challenges face us? Just keeping existing programs thriving is a large step towards meeting the needs of the membership. We are working on a concept for a Spring Symposium to replace the Coalbed Methane Symposium, which will be rolled into the Rocky Mountain Section meeting. The challenge here is to find a theme complementary to that of the section meeting and arrange the logistics by May 2004. Second, we face the “retirement” of a couple of key symposia and standing-committee chairmen this year. Volunteers are the backbone of the RMAG. As one of those volunteers, I can say that the rewards include the ability to make things happen, see the results, and work with a great group of “doers.” If you are looking for such an opportunity, here is your chance.

Which leads me to other challenges that we face: building our membership base, anticipating future needs, and public outreach. What will RMAG look like in 5 years? In 10 years? In closing, let me also pose the following question. With an eye to the future, what one thing would you like the RMAG to do differently in 2004? E-me:

Editors’ note: Donna Anderson has stepped down from her position as Associate Editor of The Outcrop to fulfill her role as 2004 RMAG President. Kris Peterson has graciously agreed to replace Donna in this capacity. We appreciate Donna’s help over the past two years, and we welcome Kris aboard and look forward to her contributions.