Seattle Astronomical Society - Board Meeting 21 June 2004


Contents

    Action Items
    Minutes
        Previous Minutes
        Newsletter
        Randy Johnson
        Trailsfest
        Banquet
        Club Website

 

Action Items

     Owner Item

 

Minutes

The meeting started at 7:15 pm.

 

Previous Minutes

Previous minutes not ready yet! Not yet approved.

 

Newsletter

Saurabh and Rose are editing the newsletter. How many to print? 50-60 per month for now.

 

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson came by, he had a few items to discuss.

The estate of Bill Hillman (an SAS member since 1950 who passed away last year) would like to donate some equipment that he had. One item is a 24" mirror, originally from an astronomy club in Wisconsin. It is a large, good quality mirror, however it has been sitting unused for around 20 years.

There were also some small scopes, such as 60mm refractors, and a 8 inch Newtonian. Also, there were some mirror blanks and reference flats, and an assortment of eyepieces.

Bill's family has asked for a receipt. We will look up prices for comparable items and come up with a reasonably accurate total for the donation.

On a separate note, Randy mentioned that the Webfoot Web mailing list has been moved to a faster processing queue. Apparently, we had been accidentally placed on a mass-mailing queue, which had very slow response times. On the new queue, postings should go out to members in almost real time.

 

Trailsfest

It is Saturday July 10th starting at 8am, and lasting until the evening. Mike, Janice and Steve will be there.

There will be a star party afterwards at Rattlesnake Lake. Moonrise is about midnight.

Also, on non-summer nights we can hold club star parties there, so long as we give the parks department advance notice.

 

Banquet

As per last meeting: we do need a banquet chair. We are reserving the Rock Salt for this year.

 

Club Website

Jim has been investigating a website that we might want to use for the club: http://www.clubexpress.com. They take care of most of the administrative work of running a club, and also provide an online presence that is easy for us to maintain.

There are many benefits:

One problem is that the company is a recently-launched startup (less than a year old). Although it looks like a promising business model, and the company founders have a reputable history with other companies, that is substantial risk.

The other problem, of course, is the price. It is around $6 per member per year (less than that for a brief introductory period). This is a great service, but it would be expensive (~$1500 right now).

Ultimately, the decision was that it was too big to make any moves in this direction without express approval of club members. Especially in the wake of the decision to stop mailing the newsletter as a way to reduce costs. This web service would just about replace that cost exactly. It's not clear that it gives us (or members) enough of a benefit right now.

We will canvas opinions from club members before moving forward.

 

8:20 - Meeting Ends