MINUTES FROM GA MEETING 9.14.12
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Joyce Lynch. A quorum was present. There were 32 individuals in attendance.
The following were introduced as new members, returning members and visitors: Bruce Nailer, Paula Jakobs
Motion to approve minutes was made by Mike Krzywonski, seconded by Tim Brown.
Officer and Chair reports:
- Treasurer: The new membership year started September 1. Please go to the website to renew. If you would prefer to send a check to the P.O. box, that option is still available. People who have not renewed will start being taken off the list in a couple months. Magazine subscriptions no longer go through the AAS, but you can still renew on the website.
- Communications: We hope you’re enjoying the new newsletter. If you have information you’d like to share, please contact Erika Rix.
- Member services: The newly forming member services committee will be meeting week after next. If you would like to be involved or have any ideas, contact Tim via email.
- Equipment: We are looking to purchase a large flat-screen TV for the observatory to use on cloudy nights or when there are long lines. The COE resort who sends us many of our visitors on public nights is helping us to raise money for this. Sharleen Forrest sent the AAS a $500 check in memory of Larry, and she wants it to be used for equipment. The remaining amount, if any, would come from the AAS budget.
- Outreach: Women in science afternoon at the Wildflower center on the 23rd, the 28th is the next Wild Basin event, and the 6th of October is CenTex (with an emphasis on scouting). The evening of the 6th will also include a dedication of the new building and scopes from Fred Ruof and a renaming of the Ealing scope, should the motion to occur later in the meeting pass.
- ALCor: Erika Rix has earned the outreach award, and Lauren Rogers has submitted her binocular Messier AL observations.
- IDA: We have been coordinating with other IDA members and presented to some members of Texas Parks and Wildlife. They will be able to take lighting surveys, make recommendations, and hopefully be able to start these parks on the track for certification as a “Dark Sky Park.” We’re concentrating on four near Austin now, then would like to branch out. Texas does not have any parks with this designation at this time.
New business: Renaming of the Ealing telescope. There has been a recommendation that the Ealing be renamed in Larry Forrest’s memory. Ron Carman made the motion, and it was seconded by Steve Bosbach. Larry specifically asked that the observatory not be named for him but was OK with the scope’s name being changed for him. The person who donated the Ealing has asked specifically to remain anonymous and does not want the scope named for them. Larry was instrumental in getting the scope refurbished for the AAS, getting the observatory built, and getting the Ealing set up. The motion carried.
Announcements: Last year the AAS donated $1000 (for a corporate membership) to the Austin Planetarium out of our budget to support their efforts. It was not a unanimous vote. This year, the EC has tried to find a way to make it possible to continue to contribute without taking such a large amount from the general fund. The EC will set up a fund to allow members who wish to contribute in the name of the AAS to do so without taking money from the general fund. There has also been an offer from a group of anonymous AAS members who are willing to match donations given to this fund, up to $1000. "Kelley Knight made a motion to collect donations from club members toward a $1000 corporate membership in the Austin Planetarium in memory of Larry Forrest, with the funds raised by the October 12 GA meeting, up to $1000, to be matched by anonymous donors." Steve Bosbach suggested that the fund drive be called the Larry Forrest Memorial Fund Drive. The drive would run for one month. Don Behrman seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Presentation: Taylor Chonis- “Instrumentation for HETDEX (Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy experiment): How to Discover One Million Galaxies in 150 Nights”
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.