March 12, 2014

Cedar Falls Clarion Inn

(Formerly called the Holiday Inn)

Topic: 100 Years of Weather History

Speaker: Mr. Kenneth Friend


As a way to help the WTS continue celebrating 100 years of existence, Kenneth will be presenting 100 years of weather history.

Some areas he will touch on are: Iowa Plant Hardiness Zone Maps; Data obtained using thermometers & Satellites; Extreme Weather; Atmospheric Science and Climate Models.

There will be a question & answer time with Kenneth and Craig Johnson


Kenneth Friend is a recently retired electrical engineer with 39 years in the business. His last 39 years were at the John Deere Product Engineering Center.

After graduating from the Ottumwa, Iowa High School, he attended Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Mr Friend made his living as a design engineer while having a lifelong pastime being a student of science. Physics & Chemistry are his two favorites with Geology, Astronomy, Weather and Climatology being right up there too.

Program Chair: James Stevenson

Meal: Roasted Center Cut Pork Loin Chasseur.

Price: $15.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

Time: Social period: 6:00 P.M. Dinner: 6:30 P.M. at “Against The Grain” Restaurant, Cedar Falls Clarion Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations can be made 2 ways

1. (preferred)

2. My work phone number (319-292-8178)

Please make reservations by 3:00 PM, Monday 10 March 2014. Guests are always welcome.

Dues: Member dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.

Checks to purchase meals from the Clarion Inn should be made out to “Clarion Inn.”