Friends of ORNL Board of Directors

Minutes of the January 8, 2018 Meeting


The meeting was held in a front meeting room of the UT Center on the Oak Ridge Turnpike. President Jim Rushton called the meeting to order at 9:37 a.m.  Other attendees were Chuck Coutant, Herb Krause, Dave McVicker, Dick Raridon, and Phil Sklad.  Vic Tennery also attended.  Freezing rain was a weather challenge for some board members who didn’t attend.



The minutes for the December 11, 2017 board meeting were approved unanimously.


Collection of 2018 FORNL dues started on October 1, 2017. There were 3 submissions received for 2018 membership dues as of January 6, 2018 (since my last report on December 9, 2017).  One new member (Terry Christie) was added to the membership file, and he was added to the active and general email lists. Two other members renewed. No FORNL deaths were detected. As of 1/6/18, the 2018 net paid membership includes 39 regular members, 1 trial (non-paying) member and 36 life members for a total of 76 living members in good standing after 3 months of 2018 dues collection. 


For reference, we ended the 2017 dues collection period (Sept. 2017) with 77 regular and 37 life members paid for a total of 114 members.


 TREASURER’S REPORT (Vinod Sikka) – No Report

Jim Rushton reported that the FORNL check for $2000 sent to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) in support of the Weinberg Papers Project was delayed until recently but Vinod reported to him that the check is now in the mail.



Luncheon Programs (Kent Williams):

Completed Program

November 14, 2017

Cathy Toth, Chairperson of the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation (ORPSEF), spoke onORPSEF’s Making a Critical Difference Campaign.”


Scheduled Programs

January, 9, 2018

Dr. William Peter, Director of Department of Energy's (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL, will discuss progress at the MDF.


February 13, 2018

Robert N. Compton, Sr. Corp. Fellow Emeritus, ORNL and Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Tennessee, will speak about “Lasers in Physics and Chemistry.”


March 13, 2018

Robert Kennedy of Tetra Tech. will discuss “Renewable Energy Systems in Africa.”


A potential luncheon lecture proposed was Barry Stephenson, president of the Materials and Chemistry Laboratory (MCLinc) located in Oak Ridge. The company recently announced the laboratory’s plan to build a 29,000- square-foot building at the Horizon Center.  He could update our community about their operations and business (started from the former chemical analysis group at K-25).


Community Lecture Schedule (Bob Hightower, Chuck Coutant, Connor Matthews) – No new Report

We expect Thomas Zacharia to deliver a community lecture following ORNL’s “State-of the Lab” event in February. 


History Room (Dave McVicker) –

No activity was reported in December.  McVicker and Raridon provided no suggestions about a question that arose in December - whether there can be some linkage between the ORNL History Room and the Oak Ridge Public Library History Room so that disappointed visitors to the latter can search for information that may only be contained in the former location. 


Coutant stated that the Electric Power Research Institute asked him for a photograph of the Entrainment Simulator in the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division during the 1980s (a facility now torn down).  McVicker or Raridon will attempt to contact Lab Records in search of that photo.


Membership Committee (Gloria Caton and Kathy Gant) – No Report


ORNL Visitor Badges (Bob Hightower) – No Report

Bob is recovering from surgery performed in December.


Tours (Dick Raridon)

DOE tours originating at the AMSE are expected to begin again March and have the same schedule as in 2017. One of the guides, Nancy Gray, is not expected to continue in 2018 because the Grays will be moving to St. Louis later this year.  One new FORNL member, Terry Christie a recent ORNL retiree, expressed interest in becoming a tour guide.


Lab Liaison (Leigha Humphries) – No Report


Manhattan Project (Chuck Coutant, Connor Matthews, Steve Stow, Bob Hightower, Dave McVicker, Dick Raridon,

                                          Bob Olson, Jim Rushton)

The National Park Service, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) will have an open house celebration at the Children’s Museum from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, to celebrate the Manhattan Project National Historical Park’s newest location for providing information about the park. Admission to the museum will be free during this event, a press release said. This celebration will also feature a “Parks in Focus” photography exhibit that will be a tribute to Ed Westcott. The exhibit will feature photographs taken by third- and fourth-grade girls from Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge using the Parks in Focus program curriculum, with inspiration from the black-and-white photography of Westcott.


To help celebrate the new location at the Children’s Museum, the park will also offer the “Every Kid in a Park” pass to any fourth grader attending this free event. The ”Every Kid in a Park” program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year.  The National Park Service has a visitor center and offices in Oak Ridge as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, a three-site park that was established in November 2015 after years of advocacy.


Follow-up on the Weinberg Papers Project at Children’s Museum (jim Rushton)

A FORNL contribution of $2000 was sent to the CMOR project. Our contribution has helped the project reach their $5000 kickoff goal. Last month Steve Stow agreed to attend the project’s meetings and discuss ways we can coordinate with them to get publicity for the project and FORNL.  Jim and Steve plan to attend a project meeting in the evening of January 9 to keep track of their progress.


Old Business:

Preparations for Annual Meeting on February, 13, 2018 (Jim Rushton and Herb Krause)

The Annual meeting announcement containing brief vita for the 2018 FORNL board candidates will sent to the membership by email before January 13, 2018 (30 days before the meeting in agreement with FORNL bylaws). Because President Rushton will be vacationing during the annual meeting, Vice President Kent Williams and Herb Krause will settle on details for the meeting.



2017 FORNL Annual Report (Jim Rushton)

Jim is preparing the 2018 FORNL Annual Report; he will send a draft to board members by January 31, 2018.


President Rushton adjourned the short meeting at 10:17 a.m.


Next board meeting:  Monday, February 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m., at the UT center in Oak Ridge (normal meeting place and time, day before the second Tuesday lunch/lecture meeting).


Next Lunch meeting: The Luncheon Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.


Herb Krause, Secretary.