of Oklahoma (OU) has each nominee give a short ings, contacting speakers, finding a location, and or- speech before the ballots are cast, and the student ganizing a fu n and informative program, but it is well chapter at North Carolina State University posts the worth the effort.—Jenny Dean, Local Chapter Affairs ballot for several weeks before the election so all Committee • members are aware of who is being nominated. • Are the chapter officers representative of the en- tire chapter? Rotating positions through the same Ecology Action Notes group of people each year could create chapter stag- nation. Chapters should seek out new members and Th e Environmental Protection Agency's ask them to volunteer, or check with members who 1975 National Water Quality Inventory report to have not been active recently and see if they would Congress concludes that significant headway is like to become involved again. A balance of inter- being made in controlling water pollution. The ests—private sector, academic, broadcasting—can repor t is based on information from the bring fresh ideas to the executive council or plan- Agency's own studies and from reports provided ning committee of a chapter. Some student chap- by 47 states and six other jurisdictions. . . .The ters have representatives from the various classes. assessments describe current water quality con- At OU, the second-oldest student chapter, member- ditions, the effects of existing water pollution ship has been increased from eight jus t a few years control programs, and the expected costs and ben- ago to over 100 today. Consequently, in addition efits of current and proposed future programs. to the president, vice president, secretary, and trea- Most of the states that were surer, there are representatives from the graduate able to describe water quality school and each of the classes. Depending on the trends reported that conditions freshman class size, there might be one to three rep- have improved in many water- resentatives on the executive council. ways, such as Lake Erie, the Detroit River, and San Diego • Communicate. Does everyone know when the Bay, as a result of improved meetings are? Are the present members aware of all waste discharges and curbs of the benefits that an AMS membership brings? pesticides . The state reports Happy members are more likely to talk about the confirm the assessment made in last year's Na- meetings and speakers and to encourage like- tional Water Quality Inventory, showing that minded friends and fellow professionals to attend conditions had improved along 22 major rivers the next meeting. Members who attend a majority and waterways of the nation in those areas of pol- of the meetings could be approached and encour- lution on which water pollution control efforts aged to become more proactive in chapter affairs. had been focused. It is important to talk about the chapter leadership po- Despite these improvements, the states and sitions (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer) other jurisdictions report that they are still con- and their responsibilities during chapter meetings. fronted with many severe pollution problems: excess bacteria and low dissolved oxygen lev- The above are jus t a few of the many possible ideas els; the presence of toxic substances including to invigorate chapter elections, motivate the member- heavy metals, industrial chemicals, and pesti- ship, and tap those hidden talents. Chapters should cides; and high concentrations of nutrients such make every effort to elect officers who are enthusias- as phosphorus and nitrogen. High nutrient con- tic and have something to offer the organization. centrations indicate a potential for accelerated Chapters looking for dynamic leadership and a eutrophication of lakes, evidenced by excessive strong membership are challenged to find a talented algal and aquatic plant growth. pool of individuals. Some chapters are blessed with a small group of people who are consistently active and vocal, while others have members who need to be ca- Bull Amer. Meteor. Soc., 57, 722. joled and motivated on an annual basis. Serving as a chapter officer involves some time in planning meet- 1226 Vol. 82,, No. 6, June 2001
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Published: Jun 1, 2001
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