President’s Column – January 2002

Title: Welcome to the 80th year of RMAG!
Author: John Robinson
Publication: The Outcrop, January 2002, p. 3

Plans are in the making for another eventful year of activities that fulfill the mission of RMAG to provide social and professional opportunities to its members. But before we talk about 2002, thanks to the 2001 Board for an outstanding year, as outlined by Susan Landon in last month’s Outcrop. That group stewarded the RMAG through one of the most successful years in the history of the organization. Among many other accomplishments, they implemented programs to ensure the financial future of RMAG for many years. Well done!

In 2002 the “Big 4” professional programs will kick-off with the 8th Annual 3D Seismic Symposium (“Prospect to Profit”) scheduled for February 22nd. It will be followed in turn by the 3rd Annual Coalbed Methane Symposium on June 18th. A Fall Symposium is being organized for September, and the Prospect Fair/Technofest will be held in October. When you add in occasional Distinguished Lecturers, Friday Luncheons, and On the Rocks field trips, there are multiple opportunities to learn something new.

In the Publication department, we plan to present a 2002 Coalbed Methane guidebook, another 2002 guidebook, and a new RMAG calendar, in addition to the quarterly Mountain Geologist. As usual, you will be kept informed of all RMAG activities via The Outcrop (our monthly newsletter) and the RMAG website.

The big social events are the Golf Tournament, Ski Trip, Tennis Tournament, and Rockbusters Ball. I understand the Golf Committee may seek a way to accommodate more players for next year’s event. It always sells out quickly to the dismay of many late registering golfers. The Rockbusters Ball in November was a hoot. Folks were dancing well into the night.

I once used the term “line of death” for a significant fault adjacent to a field. Budget-wise, we will apply the “bottom-line of death” to adhere to a balanced budget for 2002. At the most recent Finance Committee meeting, a plan was proposed and approved by the Board to wisely invest income from the AAPG meeting to create an endowment for the long-term viability of RMAG. To my knowledge, it’s the first time the organization can look forward to such a secure future.

Sandi Pellissier, our Executive Director, will coordinate all of these activities. We hope to have an Administrative Assistant in place this month to help her keep the office running smoothly. As many of you know, RMAG has become a well-oiled (!) machine in recent years due to the efforts of the office staff.

How does all this happen? All of these activities take place as a result of the effort of numerous volunteers in conjunction with the RMAG office. I look forward to working with all of these people to make this a successful year.