The application form for a chapter to nominate it- a formal mechanism for acknowledging the vital role self will have two portions. The first section contains that local chapters have in carrying out the mission of a short informational area for chapters to indicate their the AMS. Additionally, over time these awards will officers, membership size, and number of meetings provide positive reinforcement to many AMS mem- held during the evaluation period. This information bers and weather enthusiasts who volunteer substan- will be used to put activities in context, but not to serve tial time and energy to local chapters. As the LCAC as criteria. The other section will allow the chapters chair I would like to strongly encourage chapters to to demonstrate the extent to which their chapter activi- take the small amount of time necessary to apply for ties further the mission of the AMS. This will be ac- these awards. It would truly be a shame if no applica- complished via one-page written answers to the tions were received during the first opportunity to following questions. present these awards to deserving local chapters at the 81st AMS Annual Meeting in Albuquerque. Remem- 1) In the past year, what has your chapter done for ber, even if you do not win, sharing your chapter's ac- your members? complishments via the application process may very 2) In the past year, what has your chapter done for well earn your chapter honor roll status, a bragging your community? right of its own.—Wendy Schreiber-Abshire. • (Questions 1 and 2 are not limited to activities of a scientific nature) 3) In the past year, what has your chapter done for the national AMS? Hail in Tarcal For question 3, activities that should be highlighted include, but are not limited to, regular submission of Th e vineyard dis- meeting minutes for publication in the Chapter News tricts in northeast Hun- section of the Bulletin and displaying a chapter poster gary are unfortunately and abstract at the Annual Meeting that falls within expose d to thunder- the evaluation period. The human and material re- storms and hail, which sources available to a chapter will be considered along occur nearly every fift h with their accomplishments in the evaluation process. or sixth year. Yet this Application forms for the "Chapter of the Year one of July 14, 1924, Awards" will be mailed to each chapter officer dur- was worse than any ever recorded in this ing the first week of March. Additionally, the appli- district. Two dark clouds were rapidly cation form will also be available for downloading approaching at 5:00 P.M. from the north- from the AMS Web site at http://www.ametsoc.org/ east and from the west. In a few minutes AMS under the local chapter information link. Any after the hail began the fields were cov- chapter member may fill out the application, but the ered in some places with ice five inches chapter president or chair must sign the form prior to deep, some places falling without any submission. The applications must be received at AMS rain and with such force that many hens Headquarters by 1 May. Late applications will not be and ducks were killed. Still greater dam- considered. Because many chapters will be wrapping age was caused by it, for instance the up their annual activities after this deadline, it will be tower of the church was broken off and acceptable to include in the application those signifi- fell to the ground. In a pathway of five cant chapter accomplishments that are expected in the miles every crop and the vineyards were last month prior to the election of new officers. This completely destroyed, 6000 acres of deadline was necessary to allow review committees wheat, 3000 acres of cultivated crops, adequate time to make their recommendations prior and 1500 acres of vineyards. to regularly scheduled AMS committee meetings. As both a former student chapter officer and local Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 6, 64. chapter officer I am very excited about the establish- ment of these awards. The LCAC and the Council believe that by giving these awards, the AMS will have Vol. 8 7, No. 4, April 2000
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 2000
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