Seattle Astronomical Society - Board Meeting 23 February 2004


Contents

    Action Items
    Minutes
        Previous Minutes
        Club Librarian
        Newsletter
        Online Payments
        Dues Structure
        UW Observatory

 

Action Items

     Owner Item
Pam StuckyReminder Postcard design
Jim PetersonReminder Postcard postage
Stephen VanRompaeyCheck with Anna regarding UW Observatory Rededication

 

Minutes

The meeting started at 7:00 pm.

 

Previous Minutes

The board voted to approve the November 2003 and January 2004 minutes.

 

Club Librarian

Karl Schroeder is resigning as librarian. There are several crates of books.

Question: is it worth maintaining the library at all? It's not clear how many members are using the club library, now that so much information is accessible over the Internet.

We should determine how often the library was used last year. If it is used a lot, we can look for a new home, otherwise we can dissolve it.

 

Newsletter

We are planning on phasing out the hard copy of the newsletter, in favor of an electronic newsletter that will be posted on the website.

The last hard copy mailed to all members is expected to be in April.

How do we notify members that it is time to renew their membership?
Action Item: Pam is to investigate a postcard design.
Action Item: Jim will check on bulk postal rates for postcards.

 

Online Payments

We have been looking for a way to allow members to pay their membership dues online. Paul has suggested one company he has worked with: Kagi.com. There may be others. We will investigate online companies that will let us accept electronic payment with a minimum of administrative overhead.

 

Dues Structure

As part of the newsletter, we will change to two memberships: those with a hard copy of the newsletter ($30/year) and those without ($25/year). We will need to update all membership forms, wherever they appear.

Suggestion: Date all forms, so it is obvious later which are out of date, and which are not.

 

UW Observatory

There will be a rededication of the UW Observatory in May. Should the club participate or help out? Action Item: Stephen will follow up with Anna.

 

8:20 - Meeting Ends