Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

June 22, 2011

The High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA met at the Town and Country restaurant in Norton, KS at 11:30 am on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011.  Chapter Vice President Al Pietrycha, SOO GLD oversaw the meeting, in the absence of President Chris Foltz, GLD, who was in Omaha providing operational support to the northern plains flooding.  The group consisted of 10 members and began with a lunch.  Our business meeting was held after lunch, and was then followed by a presentation from Aaron Johnson, SOO DDC on the operational use of Dual Pol radar products from the Vance AFB, OK radar. Aaron shared some findings on how to detect large hail one or two volume scans earlier than previously with 88D base products.  Aaron also demonstrated the use of the Tornado Debris Signatures to verify a tornado.  Many questions were asked and Aaron handled each question with some detail and examples.

Call to order.  This meeting was called to order at 12:08 PM by Vice President Al Pietrycha/GLD.  The minutes from the 4/21/11 meeting were accepted with no corrections or additions. 

Treasurer’s report.  Rick Ewald/GID presented the Treasurer’s report, relayed from Treasurer Corey King/GID.  Our treasury started on 4/22/11 with $6888.50 and ended on 6/22/11 with $6919.08, of which $2405.00 is allotted for the Jim Johnson Scholarship.  Thus, the checkbook balance was $4514.08.

Old Business.  The HP15 Conference to be held Aug 4-6th in Wichita has extended the abstract submission deadline to July 1st.  All are encouraged to send in your presentation abstract close to July 1st, even if you aren’t finished with the entire presentation.  The conference planning committee needs to know the final numbers of presenters soon.  Each presenter will have a 20 minute time slot.  A career fair is planned for Thursday, Aug 4th, and there is also a family friendly day planned for Saturday morning, Aug 6th.  For more HP15 Conference info, go to our website:  http://www.highplains-amsnwa.org/ or directly to http://www.wichita-amsnwa.org/HPC. Conference registration deadline is July 15th – so hurry!

New Business. 
There was much discussion centered on the subject future conferences, and future chapter funds to support an annual conference.  One suggestion was to change to an every-other-year format.  We also discussed our Chapter continuing to do our stated mission.  Our Chapter is looking for ideas to pep up, or spice up, the conference.  All chapter members are encouraged to put on your thinking caps, think outside the normal conference agenda, and submit your ideas to improve the conference to the Chapter President Chris Foltz at Christopher.Foltz@noaa.gov.

The status of our Chapter filing for Not For Profit status with the IRS is at the same spot it was at our previous meeting.  VP Al Pietrycha/GLD will give a presentation to the Hasting NWS office on July 15th, covering much the same material he presented to our chapter at our 4/21 meeting; his experiences after providing Decision Support Services at a Type-I event.  Kansas University student, Jordan Carroll from Atwood, KS, stopped by the Goodland NWS office and interviewed Al Pietrycha/SOO.  Jordan is a former winner of the HP Chapter scholarship.

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM.  The next meeting will be held at the HP15 Conference in Wichita, Aug 4-6th.


Chris Foltz, President
Tim Burke, Secretary