Duties of the
Committee Chairs


  • Provide speakers for groups of all ages.

  • Maintain an educational fossil collection. Collection is available upon request.


  • Make contacts with land owners.
  • Arrange for regular field trips.
  • Provide release, hold harmless, papers when necessary.
  • Provide directions (and maps, when possible) on how to get to sites.
  • Provide directions and reservation information for campsites on overnight trips.
  • Provide pertinent hand-outs. 
  • Document appropriate findings.
  • Write follow up article for newsletter.


  • Maintain file of all society publications (newsletter, newspaper, important correspondence, etc.)
  • Maintain historical books with:
    • Pictures from society activities.
    • Other scrap-book material.
  • Make books available to members at the General meetings.


  • Arrange for snacks and beverages at monthly General meetings.
  • Coordinate food and beverages for Charles Finsley lectures, picnics and other Society functions.


  • Collect membership dues and forms and maintain database.
  • Forward membership dues to the Treasurer.
  • Provide mailing labels for newsletter and other mailings.
  • Produce the Membership Directory in March. Ensure printing and delivery to members.
  • Pick up sign-in sheet after meetings and send one free newsletter to visitors.
  • Make name tags available at monthly meetings.
  • Outgoing membership chair should plan to assist the new chair until the membership directory is published.


  • Arrange for monthly speakers.
  • Make overnight stay arrangements for out of town speakers.
  • Provide program title to Editor.
  • Provide calendar to Museum of Science and Nature (MNS) newsletter editor.
  • Make hotel and airline reservations when needed.
  • Make arrangements for airport pickup, local transportation and return to airport.
  • Ensure speaker is paid appropriate honorarium. 
  • Provide program title and write-up to editor and person maintaining the Paleo Hotline.
  • Introduce speaker at monthly meeting.


  • Make DPS merchandise, T-shirts, mugs, hats, bumper stickers, etc., available for purchase at general meetings, and special events like Fossilmania, DG&MS and AG&MS.
  • Set up table at general meetings and provide both promotional and membership materials.


  • Solicit and edit articles and other material for the Occasional Papers, monographs and other publications.
  • Heads committee that edits, and proofreads articles.
  • Coordinate with printer to produce final copies.


The Frank Crane Scholarship is given annually to a student engaged in paleo studies in 7 schools, SMU, UTD, UTA, TCU, Tarleton State U, Baylor, and North Texas Univ.  One candidate may be nominated by each school.  Exec Committee determines number of awardees and award amounts.

  • Send notices and request for nominations to schools by Nov 30

  • Send reminders in following January

  • Receive nominations and submit them to the Executive Committee by the February Exec Meeting

  • Exec Comm to decide on number and $ amount of scholarships. 

  • Students and nominators to be notified in following week.

  • Awards given in mutually convenient DPS meeting


  • Maintains the Society's web presence.

  • Responsible for the design and content of all material on every page.
  • Acts as editor for all material submitted for publication on web site.
  • Ensure all hyperlinks and graphics are operational on all pages.
  • Make up-to-date changes to the Home page, and other pertinent pages.
  • Reviews incoming e-mail pertaining to general inquiries then answers or forwards to appropriate officer or committee persons.

Who we are

The DPS is a group of professional and amateur paleontologists that want to exchange information, interact, and continue their education in paleontology.  We meet once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month at Brookhaven College, Building H.


If you have a question, if you have a fossil that you cannot identify, or need a site investigation, contact the Fossil Bureau of Investigation for help.

Contact Us at 817-355-4693 

Why join us

We have fun.

We learn stuff.

We go cool places.

We find interesting things.

We make new friends.

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