Minutes of the March 23, 2009 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter

Around 15 members met first for dinner at Calhoun's on the River in Knoxville. The meeting then convened with around twenty people in Room 266 of the Biosystems Engineering Bldg. on the University of Tennessee Ag campus. Bob Becker (WATE Channel 6) spoke about "Revisiting Hurricane Ike".

The following was a synopsis of his talk: "Hurricane Ike devastated parts of the southeast Texas coast. They say pictures are worth more than a thousand words. Bob shared with us many pictures showing the complete devastation suffered by parts of the southeast Texas coastline, just east of Galveston. This was a part of the country where Bob worked for almost ten years and spent many vacations. As a result, this storm hit Bob extra hard, and he wanted to share some of the damage from this storm with our group."

A business meeting was then held afterwards to discuss the science fair awards and officer elections. It was decided to continue paying $100 for the Bob Miller Memorial award, $100 for two chapter awards (two $100 savings bonds), three engraved plaques, and a $100 donation to the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF). It was voted to keep Bob Becker as Treasurer for another year, since transferring the books again would be inconvenient. Nominations for President were Dale Kaiser and Jerry McDuffie (both have served one term in the past); Vice-President nominations were Bobby Pleasant, Jesse Miller, Loren Marz (none of them have served in the past). Elections will be held via email before the May meeting.

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