special news feature Strengthening National Society-Local Chapter Relations In January 1991, the AMS Council requested that past presidents of chapters, to be nominated by the the Planning Commission provide advice concerning chair. local chapter-Society relations. The Council was David Houghton, then commissioner of education prompted to ask for this advice by the AMS 2000 and human resources, formed the committee per the initiative. The authors of this initiative advocate much Council's instructions in the fall of 1992, and turned the greater chapter involvement in Society activities such chairmanship over to his successor, John T. Snow, at as new education and public awareness programs. the 73d Annual Meeting. The ad hoc committee on Following a year of study, and with input from 17 chapters held its first meeting on 21 January 1993 at chapters taken during a session at the 72d Annual the 73d Annual Meeting. Present were Commissioner Meeting, the Planning Commission formulated a se- for Professional Affairs Robert Carnahan; (outgoing) ries of recommendations for consideration by the AMS Commissioner for Education and Human Resources Council. At its meeting in September 1992, the Council David Houghton; Past AMS President David S. John- adopted several of these, the most important being a son; Larry Johnson, Washington, D.C. Chapter; Troy policy statement: "The Society aims to strengthen the Kimmel, Central Texas Chapter; Bernard Meisner: relationship between AMS and its chapters." Riverside-San Bernadino Chapter; and (incoming) A second recommendation that was adopted—that Commissioner for Education and Human Resources "headquarters' support be enhanced and clearly iden- John Snow. tified, including a chapter focal point"—has already At this first session, the committee discussed a wide been accomplished. The representative for chapter range of possible actions and designated tasks for its matters at AMS headquarters is now: members to explore in the coming year. Some of the subjects being considered by the committee are: Kelly Sheahan publication of a quarterly newsletter for chapter offic- Special Programs Coordinator for Local Chapters ers; publication of a chapter officer's handbook; American Meteorological Society centralized collection of chapter dues by the Society 45 Beacon Street as part of the annual dues billing; an awards program Boston, Massachusetts 02108-3693 to recognize chapters' specialized activities and ex- Telephone 617-227-2425 ceptional service; and chapter support to Project AT- Fax 617-742-8718 MOSPHERE and to other precollege educational ac- tivities such as science fairs and science olympiads. A third recommendation from the Planning Com- The ad hoc committee is planning a breakfast for mission to the Council was that an ad hoc committee chapters officers (ortheirdesignees) at the 74th Annual on chapters be established and charged with the task Meeting. The committee will give a report of its first of developing additional recommendations and taking year of operation, describe its plans for 1994, and seek appropriate actions to "assist in initiating closer col- comments from the chapter officers on its activities. laboration between the national AMS and its chapters, The committee requests written comments from and to develop recommendations .. . on a permanent Society members whether or not they are active in arrangement .. . for the program." In adopting this local chapters, outlining chapter needs and address- recommendation, the Council directed that the com- ing ways to strengthen the relationship between the missioner of education and human resources form the Society and the chapters. Comments and suggestions committee and serve as chair. The Commissioner for should be sent to Dr. John T. Snow, Attn: Committee Professional Affairs was designated to be a member of on Chapters, c/o Department of Earth and Atmo- the ad hoc committee, as were three current or recent spheric Sciences, 1397 Civil Engineering Building, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1397 (Fax 317-496-1210). • ©1993 American Meteorological Society Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1993
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