Minutes of the General Assembly Meeting - 10 February 2012

10 Feb 2012 10:22 PM | Anonymous member


The meeting was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President Joyce Lynch. A quorum was present. There were 76 individuals in attendance.

The following were introduced as new members, returning members and visitors: John Erickson, Candace, Joy, Stephanie, Doug Knight and his wife, Rolando Romo.

Motion to approve minutes was made by Dave Clark, seconded by Tim Brown.

Officer and Chair reports:

- Treasurer: We are now just under $32,000, following our sale of excess equipment

- Outreach: February: 2/11 Blanco state park, 13th Pflugerville MS, 15th Lamar MS, 17th Wild Basin, 18th members only star party at COE, 25th public star party at COE.  AUTS will be the 10th of March at St. Stephen’s Episcopal. There will be a special screening of “The City Dark” and the Austin Planetarium will be at AUTS. Outreach events are always available on the website.  Members who log on also have access to forums online.

- Member services, Communications, Equipment: No report

New business:

- Dave Clark, former ALCOR representative presented Jack Estes with the Master Observer AL Award.  To qualify for the Master Observer award, you must complete 10 other AL observing awards, including the Messier Club, the Binocular Messier, the Lunar Club, the Double Star Club, and the Herschel 400 Club.  Jack also completed the Sunspotters, Caldwell, Urban, Globular Cluster, and Planetary Nebula Clubs.  Congrats, Jack!

- Vic Ellisor: We have sold quite a bit of old, excess equipment in order to raise money to purchase a solar scope for use with outreach, education, and for member checkout.  We have raised about $5000 through our sales. Vic made a motion to research and purchase the solar scope, not spending more than the $5000 we have raised; Tim Brown seconds the motion.  The motion passes.

- Mark Florian was presented with an outreach award.

- Nominating committee: Ana Chandler, Michelle Harvey, and Laura Hitt are helping to put together the slate for elections coming up in April.  Ballots will go out in March.  You can self-nominate or nominate others.  You can let any of them know through the Yahoo group if you have any input. 

- Mike Albrecht, AAS member, is a member of the Texas Solar Energy Society.  If you are interested in being involved, please look up the program online.

- March 3rd, there will be a pass of the ISS over this area.  The AAS and the San Antonio astronomical society are going to attempt to flash the ISS.  Details are still being worked out, but more information will follow.

Presentation:  Dr. Don Olson and Russell Doescher – Texas State University “Did the Moon sink the Titanic?” The April issue of Sky and Telescope magazine will feature an article on this topic.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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