Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter
December 14, 2011
members of the High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA met via a conference
call at 1 pm CST, Wednesday, December 14th, 2011. President Chris
Foltz ran the conference call from his office in GLD. It was
stated that our next conference call in June will either have a guest
speaker or be in a webinar format.
Treasurer’s report. The
treasurer reported an ending balance of $6385.43, which included $600
in donations towards Tim Burke’s /DDC travel costs to the NWA
conference in Montgomery, AL in October, $400 of Expenses from a
donation by our chapter to the Wichita AMS/NWA Chapter and $765.10 for
costs for Tim Burke’s travel to the NWA Conference.
The Jim Johnson scholarship fund balance remains at $2415. Thus,
the checkbook balance as of 12/14/11 was $3970.43.
Previous Meeting Minutes.
Minutes from the 10/27/11 meeting in Norton were sent via email to all
members about one week prior to this conference call. No changes were
Old Business. Concerning
the Tax-exempt filing status, Mike Umscheid/DDC met with Jim Johnson
recently and learned we need to be very specific with data entered on
Form 1023. So the form submitted to Kansas had to be amended, to
include new language to satisfy both Kansas and IRS requirements.
We want to have this form as thorough as possible before submitting it
to the IRS. Mike Umscheid is working on a deadline of Jan
31st to have the form submitted to the IRS.
We voted positively to donate $400 to the Wichita Chapter, since we did
not have to donate money toward student scholarships at the Wichita
conference. The Wichita AMS/NWA chapter approached our Chapter
about formally becoming one of the offices to host our annual
Conference, making it a 5-year rotation (vs. 4) between
ICT/DDC/GLD/HIS/LBF. After some discussion, this topic was tabled
until a later meeting. The Jim Johnson Scholarship committee will
consist of Chris Foltz/GLD, Shawn Jacobs/LBF, Kelly Sugden/DDC, and
Scott Bryant/GID. Letters to High Schools need to be sent out by
January 31st, with a target date of receiving letters back from the
students of April 1st.
New Business. Officer nominations are needed by the Jan 11th
meeting. Only 2 officers, President Chris Foltz and Secretary Tim
Burke, have volunteered to stay on for another term. We NEED nominations for the
Vice President and Treasurer positions, and would entertain another
nomination for the President. If interested, please send an email
to Chris Foltz ASAP <Christopher.Foltz@noaa.gov>.
The Hastings HP Conference planning committee will meet soon and will
send out additional information. For now, we know the dates
selected are August 8-10th, 2012, which is Wednesday to Friday, to be
held at the Wilson Center (Hastings College).
Mark your calendars: Chapter meetings will normally be held on
the 2nd Wednesday of January, March, and October, with the 4th
face-to-face meeting being at the conference in August. So, for
2012, meetings will be: January 11th, March 14th, October 10th, and at
the August conference. Conference calls/Webinars will be held on
June 13th and December 12th.
Conference call meeting adjourned at 2:23 pm CST. The next HP
meeting is scheduled for January 11th, 2012 in Norton, KS at 11:30 AM.