Tara Goggins, President, called the regular meeting to order at 7 pm.
II. Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting
Tara Goggins, President, read the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were approved as read.
III. Open Discussion
A. Report on Student Lunch and Montgomery Meeting
Tara gave a brief report on the two earlier events of the day. These included a Student Luncheon and Montgomery Branch Meeting, both held at the Auburn University Montgomery Ida Bell Young Library Tower, 10th floor, South Room. Bill Read, former director of the National Hurricane Center, presented at each meeting. We had 25 local high school and college students in attendance for the Student Luncheon, and roughly 16 members/guests attended the Montgomery meeting. All in all, the meetings were excellent, and we had a great turnout for both.
B. Vice-President’s Report
Bill Murray, Vice-President, gave a brief membership report. We currently have 46 paid members, which is roughly double from last year.
Members were reminded to be sure and fill out an online membership profile.
C. Special Recognition
Bill gave special thanks to all who made today’s meeting possible. They are, in no particular order, Auburn University Montgomery, Westin Birmingham, Alabama power, Greater Birmingham CVB, and WSFA Montgomery. Thanks for your generosity and support!
D. Red Cross Donation
Gene Norman, Chief Meteorologist at CBS 42 in Birmingham, announced that our chapter gave a generous donation to the Red Cross for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief effort. Our members generously donated a total of $319.39, and the chapter matched $100 for a grand total of $419.39. A big Thank You goes out to everyone who helped make this possible!
E. Update on Baron’s Social Event
Tara Goggins reminded everyone that our first social of the year will take place at the Birmingham Baron’s baseball game at 7pm on July 23rd. If you haven’t already RSVP’d for the event, please do so as soon as possible. Members get in for free, and guest tickets will be $7 per person.
F. Scholarship Update
Ryan Stinnett announced that applications are still being accepted for the first annual Central Alabama NWA scholarship and that the deadline has been extended through June 30th.
IV. Guest Speaker
Bill Read, former Director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), gave an outstanding presentation where he singled out certain coastal communities that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of a land-falling hurricane. Some examples include:
1. West Coast of Florida (Tampa to Naples)
2. Jacksonville, Florida
3. Virginia Tidewater (VA Beach, Norfolk, Hampton)
4. Lower Rio Grande Valley
Bill then talked briefly about the improvement in track forecasts over the last 30-40 years. He also went on to say that the biggest forecast challenge in regards to tropical systems is a rapid change in intensity.
Following the approximately 45 min long presentation, attendees had time to discuss certain topics with Mr. Read as well as ask him questions. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the very informative presentation.
V. New Business
Tara Goggins asked that all new business be discussed with the officers following the meeting or via email.
Tara Goggins adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:30 pm.