The meeting was called to order at 7:03 PM at the Central Market location on North Lamar. Present were president Dawn Davies, Vice
President Terry Phillips, Secretary David Lynch, Treasurer Mark Lyon, Communications Chair Rob Pettengill, Outreach Chair Larry Martin,
Equipment Chair James Hall, Members at Large Alan Carruth and David Mathias, and Newsletter Editor Joyce Lynch.
VICE PRESIDENT: Rachel Livermore - 8/8. No September speaker has committed as of the meeting date.
TREASURER: The 2014 budget will be presented to the General Assembly on the August 8th meeting.
COMMUNICATIONS: Traffic to austinastro.org tends to spike just before Austin Under the Stars. The front page of the site has been
rearranged to remove content which hasn't been updated recently and to reduce the amount of text on the page.
OUTREACH: Only August event planned thus far is the monthly public star party at the Eagle Eye Observatory. Frank Mikan donated a
telescope at Austin Under the Stars, which was given to a child attendee after a random drawing. Estimated attendance at Austin Under the
Stars was 160.
EQUIPMENT: A new cover for the TV is almost completed. The focuser on the Forrest (Ealing) telescope needs to be looked at. The equipment
information on the AAS web site has been updated. Procedures and documentation for the Forrest Dobsonian scope are being developed, and
trainings are ongoing.
25" DOBSONIAN: Estimate for expanding the concrete pad and modifying the existing Fred Ruoff Observatory. Options: Pour concrete pad
($1450), build a deck with a composite (Trex brand) floor ($1900), leveling existing soil around the existing pad and using grass
($1200). Modifications to the observatory including extending part of the back of the shed so that the scope can sit at approximately a
40 degree angle. The EC chose to send the concrete pad and composite deck options to Calibre (Canyon of the Eagles owner) to forward to
the LCRA for approval.
BUDGET: The EC reviewed a draft budget. It will be presented for a vote at the August General Assembly meeting.
HISTORIAN: One potential historian has been contacted but has not responded.
EXOPLANET NAMING: Naming will be opened for subimssions in December; public vote will be in March.
ASTRONOMY IN THE NEWS: The president put out a call for volunteers to discuss new discoveries and information in astronomy. Brian
NEWSLETTER ADDITIONS: Members of the month will be featured in future editions of the Sidereal Times. One will be an EC member, one will
be a non-EC member.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 PM.