AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Inside This Edition September 2010
Old Town Reception Board Elections at Fall Conference
CFM Registration  
Old Town Reception

Tuesday, September 28
6:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Basin Park Hotel
Downtown Eureka Springs

Join us for an evening reception hosted at the historic
Basin Park Hotel!

  • Hors D' Oeuvres

  • Billiards

  • Live Music

  • Drinks

  • Transportation provided

NFIP Workshop Announced

Wednesday, September 29
Walnut Room
Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
9:00 to 9:45 a.m.

ElectionsDuring the 2010 business meeting, positions on the AFMA Board of Directors will become vacant and immediately available through election. Any full member in good standing of the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association is eligible to run for office. Available positions include:

Vice Chairman Northwest Region Representative
Secretary Southwest Region Representative
Treasurer Northeast Region Representative
Central Region Representative Southeast Region Representative

In accordance with the AFMA Constitution, the current vice chairman automatically becomes the chairman for the next biennial period. The current chairman becomes the past chairman for the next biennial period as well. Board members serve for a period of two years. The next election will be held at the 2012 Fall Conference.

CFM Registration

Sunday, September 26
Hickory Room
Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


The Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) program was created by AFMA to raise and maintain the professional standards of those individuals that manage floodplains, wetlands and watersheds within the state of Arkansas. The program is designed to certify competency with the basic principles of sound floodplain management as mandated and encouraged by the NFIP.

To register for this exam, please contact CFM Program Manager Mike Borengasser.

CFM© is a registered trademark of
the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
From the Chair
As we all prepare to leave for the weekend and many of us head for the 2010 AFMA fall conference in Eureka Springs, I wanted to take a quick moment and share a few thoughts.
This is my last conference as chairman of AFMA and I want to offer thanks to everyone that has worked behind the scenes these last two years as they do every year to help make what I'm sure will be the BEST conference we have had.
Although the AFMA board only meets once a month year 'round, email and the AFMA web site have made communications among members that much easier and has enabled us to accomplish more each year.
A number of dedicated folks with an interest in floodplain management commit their time in addition to the day jobs they hold. I would like to thank each and every board member for the amount of work they put into this organization and into this conference we are about to attend.
This is an election year in AFMA and I would like to remind the entire membership that the organization is ALWAYS looking for new faces to participate. The AFMA board is certainly not a closed sub-group of the entire organization and to that end I would like to invite many of you to consider running for a board position.
Details and available positions are on the left side of the page. The only position NOT up for election is that of chairman and I am pleased to remind everyone that our leadership for the next two years will be provided by Mr. Richard Penn, PE, CFM from the city of Bryant, Arkansas.
I have been involved with AFMA almost since its inception and have seen many ups and downs through the years. Fortunately the ups outnumber the downs and over a steady period of time the organization has evolved into one of, if not THE BEST, industry organizations in the state of Arkansas. And we have you to thank for that.
Highlights of this year's conference in Eureka Springs include our Monday afternoon bus excursion. You will not be disappointed! Also, Tuesday night we are having an evening reception at the Basin Park Hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs. Transportation will be provided via shuttle running constantly until 11:30 p.m.
Those of you arriving Sunday night will be treated to an excellent outdoor poolside welcome reception. The pool will be open, so if you care to take a dip, it's still available. And it will be heated if necessary. And for everyone that likes football, we have arranged for a large screen projection system that will display both Sunday and Monday night football games.
It looks as if temperatures will be more seasonable once we arrive in Eureka Springs, so please be sure to check the forecast and plan accordingly. It should be a good time regardless.
That's all from my desk at the city of Maumelle, Arkansas. It has been my sincere pleasure to lead this organization the past two years. And even though I am stepping down as chairman, I'll still be involved in the organization as I will automatically roll into the past chair position.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Eureka Springs. Please drive safely!
Jim Narey, CFM
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