Seattle Astronomical Society - Board Meeting 26 January 2004


Contents

    Action Items
    Minutes
        2004 Calendar
        Newsletter Options
        Dues
        Dark Sky Sites
        South End Sites
        Night Sky Network

 

Action Items

     Owner Item
Stephen VanRompaey2004 Calendar

 

Minutes

The meeting started at 7:00 pm.

 

2004 Calendar

We need a 2004 Calendar for the new member brochure. Steve to follow up.

 

Newsletter Options

At the December club meeting, there was some resistance to the idea of raising dues. Instead, members suggested that we switch to an all-electronic newsletter instead. This would save us a lot of printing costs.

Printing the newsletter, and mailing it, costs around $225 per month.

We suggested moving to an "opt-in" plan, whereby we would stick with a purely electronic newsletter, but members could ask for a hard copy to be mailed to them, at an extra cost to their membership.

We decided to keep printing the newsletter in the short term (next few months at least) until all of the membership was aware of the change, and had indicated their preferences.

There were a few other issues:

 

Dues

The board voted to maintain dues at $25. We will cut costs by switching to an electronic newsletter. Members who want a hard copy of the newsletter can pay an extra $5 per year.

 

Dark Sky Sites

Thomas Vaughan, Mark de Regt, and Rick Libsack have nominated themselves to take a look at options for dark sky sites for the club. At this point, they are just gathering information.

Various options have been considered. There are cheap leases available from the Department of Natural Resources. 100x200 plots can be had for as little as $30 per month. There have been some problems with vandalism at previous sites.

There may have been other attempts before, and we even had some land at one point. We should check with previous board members to find out what options have been tried before.

 

South End Sites

Janice Edwards may live near Van Doren park. Thomas Vaughan will hand over the existing information to her. It may be possible to set up a viewing night at Van Doren (at the same time as the Greenlake and Paramount Park star parties), with the permission of the Kent Parks Department.

 

Night Sky Network

There was a discussion of the Night Sky Network, a program being offered by NASA. It includes a toolkit for astronomy outreach, often centered on various NASA initiatives and programs. If you complete 5 items in the toolkit, the Night Sky Network will send you another toolkit.

There was some discussion as to how we would use this, and whether or not we had the bandwidth, given the club's other commitments.

For now, Mike Langley, Mary Ingersoll, and Janice Edwards have volunteered to take the toolkit and see if any of the outreach activities would work for the club.

 

8:20 - Meeting Ends