Omaha-Offut t rent efforts, which include a career night and scholar- The chapter held its first official meeting since the ship award for high school students. Cathy Zapotocny election of officers last May. The meeting was held suggested that this would entail a lot of guessing by on 20 September at the Rockbrook Village Garden younger students and would be better suited for older Cafe located in Omaha, Nebraska. Twenty-nine mem- students such as those of college age. Johnson agreed bers and guests were present despite the Nebraska that proper instruction would have to be given by the football game and presidential address to Congress teachers to aid the students in making forecasts. that occurred simultaneously. Zapotocny suggested the possibility of tapping into a The night began with a social hour, during which national forecasting contest. As a result of the discus- time many members renewed their membership. The sion, Wall suggested that Johnson's proposal and fur- chapter newsletter and membership cards were also ther action be considered by the education committee. distributed. Chapter President Gene Wall called the Those interested in being on the committee should business meeting to order and welcomed all members contact Wall. and guests. In addition, Wall introduced the chapter Wall announced that the 82nd AMS Annual Meet- members to the new officers. They are Chapter Presi- ing will be held in Orlando Florida from 13-17 Janu- dent Gene Wall, Chapter Vice President Ken Dewey, ary. In addition, Ken Dewey announced that this Chapter Corresponding Secretary Cathy Zapotocny, year's severe weather symposium will be held 30 Chapter Recording Secretary Jeremy Wesely, and March 2002 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chapter Treasurer John Zapotocny. Wall also encouraged the members to share any Wesely read the minutes from the May meeting and new or interesting weather stories. Consequently, from the officers meeting that was held in August. He Randy Falzgraf mentioned the unusual number of days mentioned that the chapter was selected as AMS chap- in Omaha with dewpoints greater than 80°F. ter of the year and displayed the large banner that was Zapotocny informed the group that Omaha had seven given for this honor. Zapotocny then reported the cur- rent balance and said that the chapter bylaws require an auditing committee to audit the treasurer's books TELEVISION SEALS OF APPROVAL prior to a change in officers. Consequently, Wall asked for volunteers to contact him about this. Zapotocny also reminded all participants in the forecast contest to turn in their forecast by the end of the meeting. Scott Dean Wall explained that the new focus of the chapter's 1235 2001 Jason Brewer 1236 2001 forecast contest would be on local weather rather than 1237 Michael Goldberg 2001 national weather. He said the questions be sent to all 1238 Steve Brown 2001 members via e-mail and responses would be due at 1239 William Runner 2001 the following meeting. 1240 Mark Tamayo 2001 On a different topic, Wall asked Phil Johnson to 1241 Michael Potter 2001 present his proposal of a youth forecasting contest. 1242 David Young 2001 This contest would be aimed at increasing interest in 1243 Damon Yauney 2001 the field of atmospheric sciences among local youth. 1244 Brian Collins 2001 Johnson suggested that a forecast contest open to K - 12 grades could be run and promoted by around 10 volunteers. He believed that this contest would encour- age more interest in atmospheric science than the cur- Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2001
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