November 7, 2000Dear member,
Enclosed are the minutes for the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Coal Science and Organic Petrology held in Calgary, May 2000. Thanks to Vern and Fari for hosting the meeting at GSC Calgary.
The package includes several attachments and an updated dues form. Also enclosed is a survey form from the Canadian Geoscience Council. Members are requested to fill out these forms and return them in the envelope provided. The questions are very brief and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. The information will be useful to Council as it attempts to represent us on national geoscience issues.
Please note that membership dues for 2000/2001 are due now and next year's should be paid on or before May 1st but we will except advance payments! If you are in doubt about the status of your dues account check with Thomas Gentzis (see attachment I for contact information).
These minutes will be published on the web site and members will be notified by e-mail when they are posted. If you have an e-mail address and do not receive an e-mail note from me before you receive this letter then we probably don't have your e-mail address. If this is the case, then please send us your e-mail address and we will update our CSCOP e-mail list.
The last information item I would like to bring to your attention is the very sad news that our founding and very active member Alex Cameron has lost his battle with cancer. Even in these minutes of our latest annual meeting you will see the very active participation of Alex in the proceedings, discussions and social activities of the Society. The lack of Alex's presence and influence on the Society will be no insignificant lost but the example of his enthusiasm and dedication to the promotion of coal and organic petrology should be a lasting legacy for us.
A eulogy for Alex has been prepared and
delivered by Fari Goodarzi at Alex's funeral. It will also be published
by Elsevier and a copy is presently available through a link on the memorial
page on our website (www.cscop.org). The page also has links to Alex's
publications list and there is an opportunity to leave a personal message
or comment if you wish.