Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter
February 9, 2011
Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA met for the second meeting in a row via
conference call as adverse weather conditions prevented the scheduled
physical meeting in Norton, KS. The conference call meeting was
attended by 14 participants from WFO’s GLD/GID/LBF/DDC.
Call to order. The meeting
was called to order at 2:00pm, and President Mike Umscheid/DDC read the
minutes from the 15 December 2010 meeting. Secretary Tim
Burke/DDC was not in attendance. Minutes were accepted as read.
Treasurer’s report. Corey
King/GID reported on the updated Treasurer’s report. The treasury
started at $6632.81 as of 12/15/2010, had deposits/additions of $256.72
(there is an outdated NOAA check for $256.16 that was never cashed, and
thus was added back into the balance), leaving an balance on 2/9/11 of
$6886.53. The Jim Johnson Scholarship (JJS) balance was $2725,
leaving the chapter checkbook at $4161.53. Monies for the JJS winner
from 2010 were never sent to the winner’s college, and there was an
extended (and very beneficial) discussion on who is first responsible
for seeing fit that the JJS money goes where it needs to go. More
information on this in the Old Business section.
Old Business. President
Mike Umscheid continues work on getting the chapter incorporated in
Kansas and officially recognized by the IRS for tax exemption.
Mike filed the non-profit incorporation online a week before this
meeting. The cost was $20, and he will be reimbursed by the
chapter. JJS committee discussion came up, mainly centered around
responsibilities of committee members. Member responsibilities
have never been fully documented, and the chapter by-laws page on the
chapter website will include specific responsibilities. The
quorum agreed that the JJS committee chair will take on the full
responsibility to see that JJS winner receives the money through their
college. All JJS money will be sent to the school of choice under
the winner’s name, and not to the high school student directly.
High Plains Conference 2011: Al Pietrycha/GLD updated the chapter
on the conference and expressed enthusiasm/praise in how Wichita
Chapter has been organizing the conference up to this point. Al
joined in on a conference call meeting on January 20th, and some of the
topics included in the discussion were how abstracts would be handled,
and related to that, EJSSM sponsorship for the conference. Other
items discussed were the Job Fair, whether there should be a discount
for storm chasers attending (agreed that there should NOT be), and that
Central Region funding may NOT exist this year. A call for papers
will be out by June 1st. Preliminary registration is $75, $45 for
students. Walk-in will be $90/$60 student. Banquet fee will
be an optional $25.
New Business. New 2011
officers were accepted by quorum. New officers: President Chris
Foltz/GLD, Vice-President Al Pietrycha/GLD, Secretary Tim Burke/DDC,
Treasurer Corey King/GID. Chris took on his new role following
the adjournment of the call. A discussion came up regarding the
reading of chapter minutes to kick off each meeting. Past
meetings have run fairly long, and to shorten these up, it was
suggested the secretary send out minutes to the entire membership ASAP
following the meeting. The secretary would then send the minutes
out again one week prior to the next meeting for revisions/corrections
and to “accept”, so that we don’t have to do this at the meeting.
This also gets more of the membership involved by reaching out to
everyone through e-mail. The quorum agreed this was a good idea,
and we will practice this in 2011 beginning with the next
One other change that Chris Foltz brought up was to set “hard dates”
for each physical meeting out through the entire year. The
primary suggestion was the 2nd Wednesday of January, March, and October
with the 4th physical meeting being the annual conference. Two
other meetings would continue to be conference calls or e-mails as we
have done. The benefit to this would be to help improve long-term
planning in order to get as many attendees as possible to physical
meetings. This would also help to secure potential High Plains
area speakers long in advance for speaking at one of our meetings.
meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM. The next meeting is tentatively
scheduled for late April, with the date of the 21st being tossed
around. Please check your planning schedule.
Mike Umscheid, Past President for Tim Burke,