in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The on-camera meteo- ship, thanking the current year's officers and Emily rologist allowed members to attend one of the live Byrd for helping to organize the banquet. Cline then tapings of the news. After the taping, the meteorolo- recognized each of the speakers from chapter meeting gist gave a tour of the studio and let members try some throughout the year: Chris Coudriet (September), of the equipment, such as the green and blue screens. Grant Goodge (October), Len Pietrafesa (November), On 27 April, Paul Kocin, the winter weather expert Orrin Pilkey (December), Jay Barnes (January), at The Weather Channel, came to Cook College at Rosco e Braham and Walter Saucier (February), Rutgers University to give a talk. He spoke on what WRAL-TV (March), and Walter Bach (April). Each his job involves during the winter season as well as speaker was presented with an AMS mug as a sign of the other seasons, his upcoming book, and the past the chapter's appreciation. 2000-01 winter season. He also showed a bloopers Al Riordan, chairman of the education committee, tape of The Weather Channel. then presented the annual chapter scholarship awards to four graduating students: Robbie Berg, North Caro- The 1 May meeting featured discussions on upcom- ing events in the new school year. One possibility was lina State University; Scott Parker, North Carolina getting certified by Skywarn as a group. The chapter State University; Tim O'Connor, Duke University; also discussed the idea of working at Great Adventure and Chun-Ta Lai, Duke University. as a fundraiser. By helping out at Great Adventure, the Next, Cline introduced Ron McPherson, executive park would give the chapter a certain amount of money director of AMS, and his talk, "What's New at the in return. The chapter also plans to have a fundraiser AMS?" McPherson outlined the 10-Year Vision for around Halloween by selling pumpkins to students. the Society that included four main themes: 1) an The idea of donating toys to a charity such as Toys for emphasis on multidisciplinarity, 2) greater inclusive- Tots around Christmas was also brought up. ness, 3) aggressive outreach to the public and decision The 8 May meeting featured plans for student ad- vising, meteorology club/faculty Christmas party, and a senior farewell/new board member ceremony. For the student advising, the older members of the club would be assigned an incoming freshman buddy. The Winter—Then and Now job of the older members would be to help the fresh- man with scheduling, picking relevant classes, and any other questions or concerns they have. This has already gotten underway for the fall, and letters were to be sent It is a common no- out to the prospective freshman. Plans for a Christmas tion that the seasons are Party for the club members, meteorology majors, and changing, that they do faculty were also put together. The last plan discussed not have the severe win- was the farewell/new board for the meteorology club. ters they did 50 or more For this, an end-of-the-year barbecue was planned. At year s ago, notwith- the barbecue, the old executive board would give their standing the fact that goodbye speeches and then elections would be held. meteorological records The seniors on the board would hand over their posi- have been brought forth to prove that tions to the new board and explain the jobs involved they are not changing. Probably when with each position. This was last gathering of the club our present elderly people were children for the year.—Lisa M. Robak they heard the same thing, and the youngsters of today will no doubt make Central North Carolina similar statements 50 years hence. The chapter's annual year-end banquet was held 4 May at The Brownestone Hotel in Raleigh with ap- proximately 50 members and guests attending. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 7 , 129. After dinner, Chapter Vice-Chairman Joel Cline welcomed everyone and gave a few words of introduc- tion. Outgoing Chairman John White looked back at the past year, noting an increase in chapter member- Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 21 9 7
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