Minutes of the High Plains AMS/NWA Chapter Meeting

September 4, 2008

This short meeting was held during a break of the High Plains 12th Conference, on Thursday, September 4th, at the Holiday Inn in Hays, KS.  Eighteen members were in attendance. 

Call to order.
  The business meeting was called to order at 4:35 PM by President Rick Ewald.   The reading of the minutes from the previous meeting was waived, and it was verified that all in attendance had received an email version of the past minutes.
Treasurer’s report.  Treasurer Matt Masek reported we would nearly break even with income/expenses from this year’s conference, with approximately $3300.00 in and $3500.00 out.  There were 55 persons in attendance at this conference.  Also, another $500 had been anonymously donated toward the Jim Johnson Scholarship, bringing that fund to approximately $1440.00 and good for the next 3 years.

Old Business. 
Pictures and presentations from our conference will soon be made available via our website:  www.highplains-amsnwa.org

New Business.   
Anyone desiring to be a Chapter officer let Rick Ewald know soon.  We discussed a possible teleconference Chapter meeting in the future, perhaps with a short speaker presentation featured.  Members will be notified well in advance of any scheduled teleconference.

By now, it has been announced the High Plains Chapter won the Chapter of the Year award from the NWA.  President Rick Ewald will travel to the NWA conference in Louisville, KY on October 15th to accept the award.  Former Chapter member Dan Nietfeld/OMA SOO will be attending the AMS conference and volunteered to attend the Chapter breakfast and display any poster we would provide him.  Anyone out there good at putting posters together?  Let Rick Ewald know.  Also discussed was the best time of year for the conference – Aug, Sep, Oct?  This is probably best decided by the hosting office. 

The meeting adjourned at 4:55 PM.  The next meeting will be held in the early December time frame.

Rick Ewald, President
Tim Burke, Secretary