Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

January 27, 2009

This meeting began with a lunch gathering at the Town and Country Kitchen on the east side of Norton, KS, at 11:30 AM.  There were 15 members in attendance, 2 which were joining our Chapter that day.  Introductions were done in a round robin style. Following the meeting, Mike Umscheid/DDC was our featured speaker, presenting material from his November 10th, 2008 tornado chase in Southwest Kansas.

Call to order.  President Rick Ewald/GID called the meeting to order at 12:25 PM.  Secretary Tim Burke/DDC then read the minutes from the previous Chapter meeting of December 2nd, 2008.

Treasurer’s Report.  
Treasurer Matt Masek/LBF reported we started on 12/03/2008 with $3524.78 in our treasury.  There were Deposits of $1.63, no Expenses, with an ending Balance on 1/27/09 of $3526.41.  The Jim Johnson Scholarship fund started with $1450.00, had a $200 Deposit, for a Balance on 1/27/09 of $1650.00.  The check book balance was $1876.41 ($3526.41-$1650), as of 1/27/09.

Old Business.
  Letters were going out from each office, announcing the Jim Johnson Scholarship, due back to each office by April 1st.  The letter will spell out that the High School seniors will need to be intending to pursue a major in one of the Physical Sciences.  President Rick Ewald/GID shared the plaque from our NWA Chapter of the Award with the attending members. 

.  New Officers were elected, from ballots sent from members at various locations.  The ballots were sent to all members via email, prior to this meeting.  The 3 offices of Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary were unopposed, and are: VP Dave Floyd/GLD, Treas Matt Masek/LBF, and Sec Tim Burke/DDC.  The President’s position was a very close race, ending in a tie.  A coin flip was used to settle the tie, and our new President is Mike Umscheid from DDC.

Matt Masek from North Platte gave an update on our next Conference.  There are two possible dates, Aug 12th-14th and Aug 27th-28th.  It will be at the area Community College and will be a Thursday and Friday conference, with a possible gathering on Wednesday afternoon prior to the conference.  A call for papers will go out by Mar 1st.  They have 3 good speakers lined up, and will try to get a speaker from the Vortex II project, which will have just finished in June, prior to our conference. 

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM.  The next meeting is up for discussion, and could be another teleconference.

Rick Ewald, President
Tim Burke, Secretary