local chapter affairs This month's Local Chapter Affairs column is the ters is published in every August issue of the AMS second in an ongoing feature in the Bulletin. The pur- Bulletin. The directory includes telephone numbers pose of this column is to provide news and commen- and e-mail addresses for chapter officers. Please feel tary from Headquarters and the Committee on Local free to use this directory to contact the officers of your Chapters. The column will feature tips and insights local chapter for information concerning upcoming on effective chapter operations. It is written by the meetings and other chapter events. Chapter officers current chair of the Committee on Local Chapters. The should contact their colleagues in neighboring chap- first column appeared in the July 1996 issue (see Bull. ters to plan a join t meeting or coordinate the judging Amer. Meteor. Soc., 77, 1610-1611). of science fairs in their area. Many of the services provided to local chapters by Local chapter home pages. Recognizing the po- AMS Headquarters and the Committee on Local tential of the Internet's World Wide Web for publi- Chapters are listed and outlined in the following text. cizing and promoting local chapter activities, the com- Committee directive. The goals of the Committee mittee has discussed the potential for providing links on Local Chapters are 1) to continue to enhance in- to local chapters' pages from the AMS home page teraction between AMS Headquarters and local chap- (URL: http://www.ametsoc.org/AMS/). A question- ters, 2) to improve and facilitate interactions among naire was sent to all local chapter presidents last spring chapters, and 3) to increase the number of active lo- to determine interest in chapter Web documents. Sev- cal chapters and to increase the membership in local eral local chapters already have Web pages. AMS chapters. Headquarters is in the process of creating a basic Web page for local chapters on the AMS Web server that Postage costs. The Committee on Local Chapters would link to any additional Web pages that the chap- noted at its first meeting that postage costs are often the largest item of a chapter's operating budget. At ter may create. Those pages could reside on either the the recommendation of the committee, AMS Head- AMS Web server or another server to which the lo- quarters will support one mailing per chapter per year cal chapter has access. All local chapter Web docu- to all AMS members in the local chapter's area. This ments, in turn, should have a link back to the AMS mailing might consist of a survey to determine the best home page. time(s) and place(s) to hold a local chapter meeting, Chapter news. In every issue of the Bulletin, chap- an announcement of a special chapter meeting (awards ters share their activities and other interesting events banquet, special guest speaker, minitechnical confer- with other AMS members through the "Chapter ence, etc.), ballots for an election of local chapter of- ficers, or just an invitation to participate in the next chapter meeting. The local chapter should provide camera-ready copy of the mailing to AMS Headquar- ters with ample time to allow for duplication and mail- ing. Chapter officers should contact Kelly Garvey, the local chapter point of contact at AMS Headquarters, to plan the mailing. Chapter letterhead. In addition, AMS Headquar- ters provides official chapter stationery at no cost to all local chapters. As always, contact Kelly Garvey at AMS Headquarters to arrange for printing and de- livery of the chapter's stationery. Chapter directory. A directory of all local chap- 2338 Vol. 77, No. 10, October 1996
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 1996
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