Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter
November 4, 2009
The High Plains
Chapter met at
Attitude’s Restaurant in Norton, KS on November 4th. We gathered at 11:30 am, and enjoyed a nice
lunch, prior to our business meeting.
After our meeting, Dave Floyd/WCM GLD gave a stirring
entitled “Brace For Impact”, highlighting the aftermath and interviews
involving the crew of US Airways Flight 1549, which had to make an
landing in Hudson Bay on January 17th, 2009, after hitting a flock of
shortly after takeoff. This was an
exercise in leadership skills, concentrating on how we each react to
stress operational situations. The
presentation was well received by the 15 members present, plus 3 guests.
Call to order. President
Mike Umscheid/DDC called the meeting
to order at 12:19 pm, which began with Secretary Tim Burke/DDC reading
minutes from the 8/27/09 meeting. The
minutes were accepted as read.
Treasurer’s report. Treasurer
Matt Masek reported our balance
starting at 7/21/09 was $3994.92. With
Deposits and Expenses since then accounted for, our balance on 11/4/09
$4982.33. The Jim Johnson Scholarship
fund now stands at $2055.00. Our
available funds as of 11/4/09 were $2927.33.
The report from the recent 8/27-28 conference in North Platte
balance of $724.35 on the plus side.
Kudos to the North Platte staff for running such a
Old Business. President
Mike Umscheid and Christina Henderson/GLD are working on a Chapter
poster. President Mike Umscheid will send out a “feeler” email to
recruit members for the Jim Johnson Scholarship committee.
Jennifer Ritterling/DDC volunteered to serve another term on the
committee. Treasurer Matt Masek/LBF gave a summary of the recent
conference, some lessons learned/tips for future conferences. One
noticeable distraction at the North Platte conference was the use of
Laptops ‘during’ a presentation; this will be discouraged during future
conferences. Another matter which was voted on and passed was to
allocate up to $800 toward student scholarships at each conference, but
to allow the judging panel to decide how to distribute those funds.
New Business. The Wichita AMS Chapter President, Rob Cox,
President via a letter, stating that the Wichita Chapter was interested
joining our rotation in hosting an annual conference.
If Wichita joined the rotation, each office
would then host a conference once each five years, versus the current
four. We voted on this proposal, and it
passed unanimously. The Wichita Chapter
will host the conference in 2011, and our chapter will offer as much
possible. The one area identified as
needed coordination was the financial aspect of the conference. We will need to keep our two treasuries
Tim Burke/DDC gave an update on the 2010 conference
plans. We are planning for August 12-13th,
with an all day Thursday and half-day Friday format.
The conference will be at the Dodge City
Community College. More details will
follow, including possibly a Wednesday afternoon workshop prior to the
Adjournment. The meeting
ended at 12:55 PM. The next meeting will
be in the Jan-Feb time
Mike Umscheid, President
Tim Burke, Secretary