Board of Directors Meeting – January & February, 2002

Title: Highlights of the January and February Board Meetings

Author: Bob Lamarre, RMAG Secretary

Publication: The Outcrop, April 2002, p. 23

RMAG started 2002 in a very strong financial and membership position. Membership is growing nicely; there are 150 more members than there were at this time last year. Book sales have been very strong, with many orders coming in with membership renewals. The very popular Gas in the Rockies book should sell out in a few months. It will be republished this summer in CD format.

Ira Pasternack and John Robinson reviewed the 2002 budget and reported that the check from AAPG for RMAG’s share of the profits from last year’s annual meeting has been sent to our investment broker and is already earning dividends for us.

Sandi Pellissier introduced Chris Houston, our new administrative assistant, to the Board. She will be a valuable addition to our staff.

The Publications Committee has been very busy. The Coalbed Methane of North America II guidebook is at the publisher and should be available in time for sale at the AAPG annual convention in March. John Robinson and Keith Shanley have proposed a joint RMAG/AAPG Studies in Geology publication based on the Jonah Field workshop presented at last June’s AAPG convention. Pete Varney has volunteered to be the editor of a proposed geologic guidebook to Colorado’s national parks. A 2003 calendar with beautiful photographs of geology of the western United States will be published and distributed to all RMAG members with their 2003 dues announcement. Elmo Brown and Chris Martin have proposed a Popular Geology CD featuring the geologic history of the Red Rocks-Dinosaur Ridge area. It is designed for 4th through 6th graders and their teachers. The Popular Geology Committee is designing geologic signs to be placed at the new Red Rocks Visitors Center and at three additional locations along the Front Range.

Six RMAG members (Paul Belanger, Ed Coalson, Steve Goolsby, Randy Ray, Mark Sonnenfeld, Dave Suek and Debbie Sycamore) have been approved as candidates for AAPG House of Delegates.

RMAG will be sponsoring a Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Day in May 2002.

The proposed budget for the 2002 CBM Symposium was approved. The symposium will be held at the downtown Marriott on June 19, 2002.

The joint RMAG/DGS membership Directory will be published again this year under the expert guidance of Hal Kellogg.

A call for papers has been mailed for a 2003 guidebook on the Piceance Basin. This publication will coincide with the AIPG annual meeting to be held in Glenwood Springs.

RMAG had a popular booth at the AIPG Legislative Reception that attracted more than 125 people, including 28 state legislators.