In the movie Princess Bride, Prince Humperdink says to his royal advisor, ‘Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped!’ Clearly, he’s a busy man and though the tasks he speaks of are VERY different from ours, times are also quite busy at the CSEG. With summer over and fall upon us now, things are buzzing around the office. All the directors and assistant directors of the Executive continue to work on their portfolios and area of focus.
Member Services continues to reply and deal with any questions, comments, and proposals that come forward, both from the executive and members themselves. To honor the work and foundation of all that gets accomplished within all of the various aspects of the CSEG, Torr Haglund and I are putting plans in place for the volunteer appreciation party, being held in early 2009.
Socially, members can look forward to the upcoming 37th annual Doodlespeil and 42nd annual Ski Spree, taking place in early February of 2009. Volunteers on the committees for both events have been compiling all the details to secure two fun-filled weekends and registrations for both events will be coming with your Recorders later this fall. While the committees for those two events are putting their final touches on their plans and work, Doodlebug volunteers have temporarily put their feet up after another spectacular weekend of golf at Jasper Park Lodge, this past August.
Times are also busy with Lunchbox Geophysics, Outreach committee, JGF, technical luncheons, the upcoming Doodletrain, and many other subdivisions of the CSEG. As I am more than halfway through my second and final year on the CSEG executive, and even though a really big portion of my time has been contributed remotely (I am still on maternity leave), I have enjoyed working with all of the other members of the executive. Member Services is perhaps the least busy and time consuming of all the divisions of the executive, but learning the ropes of how the society functions and caters to the members has been interesting and an eye-opener. I encourage you to contact the executive with your ideas, suggestions, and if you’re up for it, some volunteer time on any of the numerous branches and committees. With well over 2000 members, the CSEG is guaranteed to remain ‘swamped’ like Prince Humperdink, however our tasks and events remain to be fun, educational, and always interesting!