|Jim Peterson||Get Club Directory data to Pam Stucky.|
|Pam Stucky||Add notice about Lt. Colonel Michael Anderson fund in newsletter.|
|Pam Stucky||Add notice about upcoming town-hall meeting in newsletter.|
|Stephen Van Rompaey||Hold a town-hall meeting to discuss in-city site partnership proposal.|
|Thomas Vaughan||Gather club volunteer hours.|
The meeting started at 7:15 pm.
Approval of Minutes
The April board minutes were approved.
Moving Cromwell Star Party to Paramount
Karl Schroeder has proposed moving the Cromwell start party back to the
Paramount site. The board agreed with this.
Report on Astronomy Days
The previous weekend (May 10, 11) the SAS had representatives at both the
UW and Pacific Science Center.
Mike Langley gave an overview of the PSC and Cromwell gathering. The SAS had some scopes set up for solar viewing on the platforms over the water at PSC. Later, there were 2-3 guests at the Schroeder's, and 3-4 people at the star party later at Cromwell.
Stephen Van Rompaey talked about the UW and Greenlake showing. There was lower-than-average turnout from the public at the UW, which we think was due to competition from the PSC. There also we had solar scopes on the grass, and managed to look at the moon later in the afternoon. There was a good turnout at Greenlake, both for amateur astronomers and the general public.
On the whole, a successful Astronomy Days, but we all agreed that it would be better if the UW and PSC didn't have events on the same days.
We have roughly $3500 in checking, $5000 in savings.
Action Item: Jim will get the club directory data to Pam Stucky.
Our insurance company is running a standard audit, to verify that the club is both covered and coverable.
Sent in the 2003 Nonprofit Corporation Annual Report to the Washington
Secretary of State.
Action Item: Thomas will gather accumulate club volunteer hours for accurate reporting.
Thomas is on vacation from 6-22 June, and so will miss the club meeting on the 18th of June.
Great job by our new Newsletter Editor, Pam Stucky! The March/April
issue looked great.
Some members asked about the publication schedule. In general, we will try to publish after the board meeting.
Brian Allen's Resignation
Stephen Van Rompaey announced Brian Allen's resignation. Due to
personal reasons, Brian felt it was best to hand over his duties
as VP of Programs, Banquet Chair, and book orderer.
Stephen wanted to announce these positions to the club, to see if other members wanted to step forward and get involved as an officer.
In the meantime, Stephen will manage the VP of Programs position. Mike Langley volunteered for the Banquet Chair position if no one in the club stepped forward. Jim Peterson will likely handle book orders for now.
Lt. Colonel Michael Anderson Fund
The UW contacted us about this fund. It is a Scholarship fund in
memory of Lt. Colonel Anderson, one of the Shuttle astronauts.
Although the UW was hoping we would make a sizable donation, we don't really have that much money, and like to conserve our resources for directly promoting amateur astronomy.
Action Item: put a mention of the fund in our newsletter, so that interested club members can contribute if they like.
Discussion of In-City Site
Stephen Van Rompaey updated the board with the latest developments with
our candidate in-city site. Stephen outlined some talking points that
have evolved as we determine both the club's benefits and the other party:
Jim Peterson brought up the question of how formal the relationship should be. It was agreed that an informal working relationship was the best thing for now.
The next steps are to determine if the SAS membership would like to move forward, and if so to see if we can assemble a core of dedicated people to drive the partnership. Action Item: Stephen will hold a Town Hall meeting to determine the level of club interest.
Action Item: Put a notice regarding the Town Hall Meeting in the newsletter.
South Seattle Star Party Site
Stephen mentioned that there had been some interest in a star party site in
South Seattle, perhaps Renton. Tyee High School and environs was raised as
a candidate site. We will see if there is more club interest in this.
8:30 - Meeting Ends