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From: "Jake Gehring" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Ethical Membership
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 13:42:03 -0700
Elissa, Melinde, et. al.,
I'd like to share a related opinion, though I'm not sure it's directly linked to Melinde's concern.
Speaking for myself, I believe that as the organization has grown (more than doubled in membership in the last ten years), we've missed an opportunity to 'upgrade' communication and transparency too. I see this as much more of a challenge now than when the organization had 800 or 1,000 members.
I think the new APG "Gathering of the Chapters" meeting at NGS is an example of an attempt to catch up. I believe we can do more to help keep communication lines open and keep processes more transparent.
Examples of what I mean might include an APG annual report to members, better use of our Information Officer position for internal communication (via blog, member forum, etc.). I've had a chance to talk about this a little bit with the incoming EC in the last month, and hope to pick the brains of the 2008/9 board as well. Input from others, whether APG members or not, is certainly welcome--feel free to send me an e-mail with your thoughts.
As far as ethics issues are concerned, when formal complaints are received they are routed to the APG Professional Review Committee which reviews cases according to pretty strict policy guidlines and the APG Code of Ethics. The committee then makes recommendations to the EC (and the Board in more serious cases).
The review process is somewhat confidential to protect the parties involved, and includes an appeals procedure as well, but I think if Melinde's raising an issue of improper conduct, I invite her to contact me (as Sharon is currently out-of-pocket) or Kathy so we can log the complaint and take steps to investigate.
2008-9 APG President
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