The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President Joyce Lynch. Additionally present were: Ron Carman, VP; Dawn Davies, outreach; Tim Brown, Member Services; Darin Koch, Equipment; Jim Spigelmire, communications; Mark Lyon, treasurer; Jack Estes, ALCor; Lauren Rogers, Secretary; Mike Krzywonski, Vic Ellisor and Terry Phillips, Members at Large; Steve Bosbach, IDA. A quorum was present.
Treasurer: We have been spending money on things for COE (lighting, monitor, etc.) Spending is relatively minimal, though, and we are still bringing in more than we are spending.
VP: The April presentation will be Dawn Davies on constellations. Vic/Mark/Jim will be doing the May meeting with the solar scope. Don Olson will be able to present in June or July, and we have tentative meetings scheduled for August and September.
Communications: We would like to be doing some click studies on the website to figure out what people are looking at and what can be improved. We have also submitted for the newsletter award and the website award for the AL. Winners will be announced in July.
Equipment: We’ve been working on the new telescope at the Ruof observatory. The M object plaque in the observatory is coming down, and Darin’s getting that fixed. We’re also getting another filter for the TV to make it a little darker. Grounds were good Friday night, but we have a bit of an issue with fire ants.
Member Services: April 5-7 is CTSP: potluck Friday, BBQ Saturday ($5 per person for reservations, pay by the 4th). We will have the Ruof observatory dedication and the Ealing rededication on the 6th. Plaques are ready for the Ealing rededication, and Fred is going to speak for the new observatory dedication.
April -- Meridian Charter 6th (during the day), Public party at COE 13, Pflugerville library the 20th, Inks Lake the 23rd or 24th,and Wild Basin the 26th.
Merchandise: pretty much ready to go, just waiting on one thing…
IDA: Cindy and Erika both know now how to do lighting assessments. Cindy is working on a handbook on how to expedite the process. Blanco State Park is up next. Palo Pinto Mountain State Park is having its first star party coming up. HCA is really pushing to get nearby municipalities on board with fighting light pollution. April 5-11 is dark sky awareness week. Austin Energy’s retrofitted lights have a lot of glare and uneven, very white lighting, and Steve is working with them on that. They are also working on lights at Barton Springs.
ALCor: Mark Johnston earned another certificate, but he is not receiving it at the meeting.
President’s report: Email from Cindy at COE – day fees are not required for AAS members. There are inconsistencies with some people paying and others not. There were several concerns that Cindy raised that Joyce addressed as well regarding other issues (multiple people in cars, multiple cars, rudeness). We need to be looking at other options for a site, but also we should be OK with reasonable requests from COE personnel, especially in the lack of a contract. ZeeCom is the new internet provider, and there should be WiFi to go for 11 miles.
New business: Joyce received an email from someone who would like to donate a scope. She will get back with them.
Agenda for GA meeting 4/12/13: election
Next EC meeting will be 5/6/13
Meeting was adjourned at 8:49 pm.