Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting
February 3, 2010
The High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter met at Town and County Kitchen in Norton, KS on February 3rd. We met at 11:30 am and enjoyed a tasty lunch prior to our business meeting. 17 members and guests were present. After our meeting, Al Pietrycha/SOO from GLD shared a report he and GLD Lead Forecaster, Mick McGuire, had recently put together after visiting 4 nearby WFO’s, and discussing how the Mesoanalyst position was used in each office during severe weather. The report was not only informative, but revealed there is quite a difference in how each office conducts severe weather operations. Much discussion followed, and many ideas were exchanged.
Call to order. President Mike Umscheid/DDC called the meeting to order at 12:27 pm, which began with Secretary Tim Burke/DDC reading the minutes from the 11/4/09 meeting. The minutes were accepted, with one correction.
Treasurer’s report. Treasurer
Matt Masek/LBF reported our balance starting at
11/04/09 was $4982.33. With Deposits and
Expenses entered, our balance on 02/3/10 was $4995.60.
The Jim Johnson Scholarship fund stands at
$2075.00. Our available funds as of
02/3/10 were $2920.60. Some 2010 dues
were collected at this meeting, and all members are encouraged to send
dues to Matt Masek (or our new Treasurer) ASAP.
Old Business. The committee
overseeing the Jim Johnson Scholarship consists of Chris
Foltz/GLD/Chairman, Jennifer Ritterling/DDC, Teresa Keck/LBF and Scott
Bryant/GID. Letters to students will be going out soon, and
Chris Foltz was going to send information to our webmaster, Jared
Guyer/SPC, so someone going to our website could find out how to apply
for the Jim Johnson Scholarship. Christina Henderson/GLD sent a
first version of our Chapter poster, and asked for anyone’s input.
President Mike Umscheid/DDC updated everyone present on the upcoming HP14 conference to be held in Dodge City, Aug 12-13th. We have secured 2 of the 3 keynote speakers: Dr Pam Heinselmen/NSSL and Don Burgess/OU_CIMMS. We hope to contact and get a commitment from a TV broadcaster soon, to be our 3rd keynote speaker. This conference will be held at Dodge City Community College. Hotel rooms have been blocked/reserved at both the Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn, under the name “National Weather Service/National Weather Association”, with other hotel information available. All conference information will be posted on our Chapter Website soon, highplains-amsnwa.org . Our chapter will also post conference information on Facebook, as an event.
New Business. Mike Umscheid/DDC/President will create our Chapter Facebook page and link the conference as an Event. There will be a Wednesday afternoon workshop prior to our conference, centered on “Local Modeling”.
The Officer vote took place, and the following are our 2010 Officers:
President – Mike Umscheid/DDC
Vice President – Al Pietrycha/GLD
Treasurer – Corey King/GID
Secretary – Tim Burke/DDCAdjournment. This meeting adjourned at 1:19 PM. The next scheduled meeting is in early to mid April.