I have been a member of AAPG for 30 years since 1990 and as I am recently retired and living in Montgomery, Texas I am now affiliated with HGS. I am a career geoscientist, having work globally since obtaining my doctorate from Imperial College in London. I have lived and worked all over the world and have always been involved with my AAPG affiliates local such as PESGB (Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain) and PESA (Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia). Apart from working for many multinational companies such as Shell, COP and Chevron, I also have a postgraduate teaching diploma. I was the first Executive Officer for Earth Science Western Australia responsible for expanding Earth Science outreach to schools and colleges first in Western Australia and then into the country as a whole. I undertook this position as I feel that earth science education is extremely important and in some areas sadly lacking and I would like to see that change. In addition, I feel that we, as AAPG members, need to be more proactive in advocating for our industry, especially in these difficult times. I believe that these changes can be brought about if we all work together in leading AAPG and HGS into what can and should be.