Seattle Astronomical Society - Board Meeting 24 May 2004


Contents

    Action Items
    Minutes
        Previous Minutes
        Trailsfest
        Brochures
        VP Programs
        Banquet
        Newsletter
        Renewal Forms
        Dark Sky Site
        Star Parties

 

Action Items

     Owner Item

 

Minutes

The meeting started at 7:15 pm.

 

Previous Minutes

The board voted to approve the March 2004 minutes. For April, since the meeting was cancelled, we will post a note saying there was no meeting.

 

Trailsfest

Trailsfest is July 10th this year, we will have a booth there. It is the same night as the star parties, so we may stay late and host people at the site.

We will try to have a scope there with a solar filter. Also need to worry about setting up a display that can withstand the wind.

 

Brochures

Janice has put together the brochures for us. How many to print? 1000 membership forms, along with 500 of the 2004 Brochures.

 

VP Programs

Rick has resigned as VP Programs, due to a lack of time. Steve will cover for now. We would like to find a new member to take this position.

 

Banquet Chair

It is already time to plan on the 2005 banquet! We'd like to use the same place as the 2004 banquet (Rock Salt on Lake Union). We will look for a banquet chair, and see about reserving the dining hall in the meantime.

 

Newsletter

Steve has found 3 volunteers for the position of Newsletter Editor. Steve is meeting with them in order to see if they will have the time.

 

Renewal Forms

Jim has started using postcards for renewal notices. So far it has worked out well.

 

Dark Sky Site

More discussion of possibilities of finding a dark sky site. The main point is that banks will not want to lend a non-profit agency much money. If we find a spot we'd like, we can expect to make a 50% down payment. Given that most interesting sites, even cheap ones, are in the 10's of thousands of dollars, this is a big investment.

More discussions of leasing as cheaper short-term option. However, we don't have any leads on leasing space in Washington State (or Federal) Parks.

 

Star Parties

Steve has suggested moving the dark sky parties from Tiger Mountain to Rattlesnake Lake. The skies are a bit darker at Rattlesnake lake, and the site is more convenient as far as in/out access goes.

Also, we now have permission from the parks department for 3 member vehicles at the Rattlesnake Lake site, on non-star-party nights.

 

8:20 - Meeting Ends