AIPG NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
It is that time of year when I am tasked with reminding everyone to pay their annual dues. For me, the decision is simple. Some of my consulting work requires Qualified Person (“QP”) status, and AIPG-CPG membership satisfies a requirement for QP status. This does not apply to all members of AIPG. Geologists become members of AIPG for a variety of reasons and those reasons can change many times throughout their career.
My primary goal as President in 2021 is to increase membership in AIPG in all categories. The makeup of AIPG membership has changed through the years and the overall membership has declined in the past few years. The CPG and Professional Member categories make up just over 70% of the membership. Student membership has fluctuated but we still have a low rate of converting students to Members after they graduate.
To maintain and increase membership in all categories, AIPG needs to distinguish itself from all other geologic organizations and increase visibility. This is made difficult because we must address our widely varied membership in both specialties and geography. Geologists, hydrologists and engineering geologists, to name just a few geoscience specialties, are employed by private corporations, state and federal agencies, and many are independent consultants. Even within these categories, the technical expertise and experience required to satisfy each member’s professional requirements are quite varied. The AIPG State Sections often focus on those specialties that dominate their local membership while being an excellent source of networking and educational opportunities. Distinguishing and promoting AIPG membership will require input from members and a focused multi-year plan.
COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, significant impacts on business and the economy. Recovery will not be quick or smooth, and AIPG will adapt by continuing to give our members support in their professional goals. Membership in AIPG is important for networking, job boards, the TPG and on-line courses, along with the prestige of being a CPG.
AIPG needs new voices and ideas from all geological specialties and geographic areas. Please contact me, or anyone on the Executive Committee, if you would like to help guide AIPG on the National level. You can also contact your State Section and discuss joining the Advisory Board. Please visit https://aipg.org/ to review your membership.
Nancy J. Wolverson, CPG-11048
2021 AIPG President