GSH Into The Future
By Maitri Erwin, 1st Vice President-Elect
It is my honor to represent the large and active Geophysical Society of Houston, especially at this time of industry volatility and energy evolution. Over and above hosting high-quality technical talks, social gatherings and community outreach events, the GSH Board meets face-to-face each month without fail. We discuss and make reasonable plans with realistic direction, assign responsibilities to those fit to accomplish them, communicate outcomes and get things done on a lately tight budget. There is very little bureaucracy, and this Society all about offering the most to our membership in the greater Houston area. How? Every Board member is a geoscience professional and our work is aided by a limited number of extremely committed and capable office staff and volunteers.
The Geophysical Society of Houston is, however, an aging organization; our conversations often turn to the future face of the Society, Board succession plans and carrying the current level of enthusiasm forward. What should the modern geoscientific society become to attract a diverse group of students and young professionals? How to convert them into longstanding members who take on leadership responsibilities? Several related questions arise: Coming up on the year 2020, is the scientific society still relevant? If so, what sort of community do young scientists want? My biggest reason for being a GSH and SEG member is to meet physically and virtually, and to share our science and experiences as scientists. But, is that considered scientific community any longer?
To help answer these questions, I borrow the following from a late, great American leader: “Ask not what your Society can do for you, but what you can do for your Society. Ask not what the GSH will do for you, but what together we can do for fellow and future geophysicists.” In other words, tomorrow’s GSH relies on your active contribution to the conversation today. We, therefore, ask you to engage with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts on these topics:
• What activities make GSH valuable to you?
• How would you measure the success of these activities?
• Finally and most importantly, in my opinion, how are you willing to motivate yourself and attract other busy geophysics professionals to volunteer effectively?
This is also an open invitation to participate in the various GSH gatherings, conduct your own brainstorming sessions, and experiment with ways by which young and diverse geophysics professionals can partake, contribute and lead into the future. Take the initiative.
Once again, I thank everyone who has made the GSH a strong, positive and vibrant organization, and continues to do so during this period of change. Even the weather hasn’t cooperated with us since the beginning of my tenure on the Board! My hat is off to the efficiency of our staff and cooperation of our membership for keeping all events on track and not missing a beat through hurricane, flood and ice. I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2018 GSH-SEG Spring Symposium on April 4th and 5th, and hearing your thoughts and ideas on sustaining and growing our Society for the generations to come.