October 14, 2010 Meeting

The meeting was held at the Golden Corral in Flowood. Our guest speaker was Ashton Robinson, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma and research assistant at the Storm Prediction Center.

Meeting Minutes

Call to Order
The second NWA/AMS meeting was opened by AMS Corresponding Secretary, Mr. Eric Carpenter, scheduled at 7 p.m.  This meeting had all the new officers and roles in place for 2010/2011, under Mr. Vincent Webb as the new Central Mississippi NWA President, and Dr. Loren White continuing in the role as AMS President.  The meeting opened at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill in Flowood, MS.

The organization’s Recording Secretary Ms. Nancy Lopez took attendance.  There were 20 total attendees present, consisting of members and guests, with approximately six being guests.  Affiliations and e-mails were collected by sign-in sheet.

Minutes Approval
Mr. Carpenter briefly discussed the minutes from the September 28 meeting, which were approved with a change in Recording Secretary noted.

New Business
Mr. Carpenter welcomed the alumni in town for the Jackson State University 35th anniversary celebration, and he briefed the Chapter on the event.

Ms. Joanne Culin, Treasurer, gave an update on the current dues fund.  She reported $60 had been collected, and that collections were being accepted at the meeting via check or cash.  She discussed plans to start a bank account, but that a minimum balance of $100.00 was required.  Four members paid during the meeting, with new collections being enough to open an account.

Mr. Carpenter introduced guest Mr. Richard Hartung from the Time Out Café, and gave a plug for his restaurant, with an emphasis on his excellent barbecue.

Mr. Carpenter announced the official change of Recording Secretary from Mr. Ariel Cohen who stepped down last month, to Ms. Nancy Lopez who accepted the role.

The meeting was then turned over to Mr. Ashton Robinson, invited as a special guest speaker and research assistant from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma.  Mr. Robinson started his student career in the Jackson network, and he isn’t done yet.  He is working on his Ph.D. at Oklahoma University, and talked to the Chapter on his dissertation research called, “Statistical Relationships Between the El Niño Southern Oscillation, the NAO, and Winter Tornado Outbreaks in the U.S.”

After the question and answer session, Ms. Latrice Maxie of NWS, announced that there were a few more places available for the banquet at Jackson State University on Friday, October 15, 2010, and to call if interested.

The meeting concluded at approximately 8:25 p.m.  The next meeting date is not yet scheduled.

Minutes submitted by Nancy Lopez, Recording Secretary.

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