Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

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 presentation entitled “Brace For Impact”, highlighting the aftermath and interviews involving the crew of US Airways Flight 1549, which had to make an emergency landing in Hudson Bay on January 17th, 2009, after hitting a flock of birds shortly after takeoff.  This was an exercise in leadership skills, concentrating on how we each react to high 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 the 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 was $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 showed a balance of $724.35 on the plus side.  Kudos to the North Platte staff for running such a cost-efficient conference!

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, contacted our President via a letter, stating that the Wichita Chapter was interested in 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 support as possible.  The one area identified as needed coordination was the financial aspect of the conference.  We will need to keep our two treasuries separated.

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 conference.

Adjournment.  The meeting ended at 12:55 PM.  The next meeting will be in the Jan-Feb time frame.

Mike Umscheid, President
Tim Burke, Secretary