Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

Aprl 21, 2011

The High Plains AMS/NWA chapter gathered for a meal, meeting and presentation on Thursday, April 21st at 11:30 AM at the Attitudes Restaurant near the south side of Norton, KS.  Nine members were able to attend, including one new member attending from Hastings, NE.  We quickly held the meeting in the time between placing our orders and receiving the food.  After eating and holding the meeting, Al Pietrycha/SOO GLD gave a lively and informative presentation on his recent experience providing 1st line support to a national disaster.  On July 26, 2010, an oil pipeline ruptured and spilled ~19,500 barrels of oil into the Kalamazoo River of southwestern Michigan.  The Kalamazoo River eventually drains into Lake Michigan, and over 2500 people per day worked long hours trying to suppress the environmental and economic impact of this spill.  They worked for over 90 days; Al was the NOAA meteorologist for seven days.  Al showed and described how hectic this line of work can be.  He averaged 13 hour days, and sometimes worked 18 hour days.  Al stated you can train using the NIMS course for this type of support, but experience is the best teacher for learning how to deliver information to a Type-I Incident Command.  You will need to be a multi-tasker, ready to provide 24/7 support, and may be called to do your job at any time.

Call to order.  The meeting was called to order at 11:50 AM by President Chris Foltz/GLD.  The minutes from the 2/9/11 meeting had been sent to all members a week prior to today’s meeting, and thus the 2/9 minutes were not read at this meeting.  No corrections or additions were noted, so the minutes were accepted as sent.

Treasurer’s report.  Rick Ewald/SOO GID passed on the Treasurer’s report from Treasurer Corey King/GID.  Our treasury started on 2/9/11 with $6886.53 and ended on 4/21/11 with $6888.50, of which $2395.00 is tagged for the Jim Johnson Scholarship.  Thus, the checkbook balance is $4493.50.

Old Business.  Tim Burke/DDC briefed on an update from Mike Umscheid/DDC pertaining to the Not For Profit filing status of our chapter.  The first step, obtaining an Employee Identification Number/EIN is complete.  Mike continues working to get the required IRS forms filed to complete this venture.  Al Pietrycha/GLD updated us on the upcoming HP15 conference to be co-hosted with the Wichita AMS/NWA Chapter Aug 4-6th.  Featured speakers will be Don Burgess/OU/VORTEX II, Dr. Cliff House/Missouri State Univ, Tim Marshall/Haag Engineering/Chaser, Mike Smith/WeatherData Inc., and Merril Teller/Chief Met KWCH-TV, with the banquet speaker being Storm Chaser Jim Reed.  There will not be any funding from CR this year, so it is good that at least 3 of the invited speakers will have lower travel costs.   A career fair is planned for Thursday evening, and as usual, a scholarship will awarded to one or more college students.  Conference T-shirts are cheaper if pre-ordered via online registration.  The Call for Papers deadline is June 1st.  All conference information can be found on the website:  http://www.wichita-amsnwa.org/HPC

New Business. 
Nicholas Humrich from O’Neill, NE was this year’s winner of the Jim Johnson Scholarship.  Nicholas was home schooled, and plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in the fall, majoring in Meteorology.  Discussion ensued on pin pointing established guidelines on the administering of the Jim Johnson Scholarship.  President Chris Foltz/GLD will send an email message to our members on this Jim Johnson Scholarship issue.

The meeting adjourned at 12:19 PM.  The next meeting is tentatively planned for Wed, June 22nd.  Check your planning schedule. 

Chris Foltz, President
Tim Burke, Secretary