President’s Column – January 2003

Title: Welcoming a New Year
Author: Bruce Kelso
Publication: The Outcrop, January 2003, p. 3, 10

Well, 2003 has finally arrived and it is time for me to assume the presidential responsibilities for the RMAG. I am excited and looking forward to serving the organization in this capacity. John Robinson, as the outgoing 2002 President, along with the other 2002 Board Members, served as great mentors for the past year and John has set very high standards for the 2003 Board to follow. Speaking for the 2003 Board, we will rise to this challenge and I personally will try to keep pace with John’s efforts (although I don’t know that I can attend all of the 200-plus meetings he claims to have attended in 2002).

While many other local professional society membership numbers continue to shrink, RMAG’s membership continues to grow. Surprisingly, our membership is approaching 2,100 members, which is an eight-year high. I believe this is a testament to the value we provide to our members through our publications, technical meetings and social events. It is also a reflection of the efforts of our members and the RMAG office staff to publicize events and recruit new members. We have a long way to go, but wouldn’t it be great to someday exceed the Houston Geological Society’s claim as being the largest local geological society (4,200 members)?

Volunteerism is what makes the RMAG organization standout as a premier professional society. There are countless members that freely give their time to RMAG’s committees, technical meetings, publications, and general administrative tasks. There is always a need for more of our membership to volunteer. If you are interested in joining those members who already support the RMAG as a committee member or volunteer, please contact Sandi, at the RMAG office, or me.

RMAG is poised to have another outstanding and busy year in 2003. In addition to the annual conferences and social events that have become somewhat of a tradition, (the 3-D Seismic Symposium, the CBM Symposium, the Technofest/Prospect Fair, On-The-Rocks Field Trips, the Golf Tournament, the Rockbusters’ Ball, etc.) there are several other noteworthy events that RMAG is sponsoring or participating in:

  • January 28th, 2003 – AIPG Colorado Legislative Reception (details in this issue of the Outcrop)
  • March 6th, 2003 – The Petroleum Society of CIM Conference: “Life Cycle of a Rocky Mountain Gas Prospect: A Canadian-American Perspective”
  • Date TBA – An AAPG Distinguished Lecture on Ethics
  • October 5th – 9th, 2003- AIPG Annual Conference: Piceance Basin, Glenwood Springs

Keep a lookout for additional details about these events in The Outcrop and on RMAG’s web page.

Until next month, I leave you with this quote; one that I believe reflects all of our efforts in the geologic profession:

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those loose spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

– Theodore Roosevelt