Seattle Astronomical Society - Board Meeting 27 October 2003


Contents

    Action Items
    Minutes
        Approval of Minutes
        Banquet Speaker
        UW Observatory
        VP Membership
        Board Meeting Dates
        Urban Astronomy + Star Parties
        Dues
        Pacific Science Center
        Science Fair

 

Action Items

     Owner Item
Thomas VaughanCheck on Earthworks Park or other south-end star party venues.
Stephen Van RompaeyAppoint member to manage our UW Observatory Program.
Stephen Van RompaeyCommunicate our dues increase.

 

Minutes

The meeting started at 7:00 pm.

 

Approval of Minutes

The September board minutes were approved.

 

Banquet Speaker

Ron Wodaski will be the speaker for our 2004 Awards Banquet. Ron is the author of "The New CCD Astronomy", famous among amateur astronomers who do CCD imaging.

There were some suggestions for topics and observations on the audience:

 

UW Observatory Program

The UW has asked if we would be available every Wednesday, instead of every other Wednesday as we do now. We would like to do this, but will check to see if we have the resources for this.

We think the program has matured to the point where we'd like to appoint a member to manage the liasion program. Stephen Van Rompaey will follow up.

The question was asked: what are we getting out of the relationship right now? So far we believe we could use the Observatory as a venue for outreach programs, which we think is worth it.

 

VP Membership

Janice Edwards, a recent member, has volunteered for the position of VP of Membership (thanks, Janice!). She will be included on the November slate for the election.

 

Board Meeting Dates

There has been some confusion over when the board meeting date should be. We have been holding it on the last Monday of each month, but that isn't as convenient as holding it the Monday after the club meeting.

It was resolved that we would hold board meetings on the first Monday following each (Wednesday) club meeting.

 

Urban Astronomy and Star Parties

There was some question about creating an "Urban Astronomy" or "Sidewalk Astronomy" SIG. It sounds like that would be identical to what our star parties are doing right now.

Some members have asked about a south-end location for Star Parties. Action Item: Thomas Vaughan will check on the availability of south-end sites. Earthworks Park in Kent was mentioned as one possibility.

 

Dues

In addition to the magazine subscription rate hikes, AL dues have also increased from $3.50 to $5.00 per person.

Currently our dues are $25 per person, and we have been barely covering our expenses for the past year. It was voted that we increase dues to $30 per person, without changing student membership dues. Stephen Van Rompaey will follow up.

 

Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center contacted us, asking about the feasibility of us hosting star parties there. Again, this sounds like a great opportunity for the club, but given our UW Observatory commitments we don't know if we have the resources right now. Stephen Van Rompaey will follow up.

 

Science Fairs

Mike Langley is looking for suggestions for how the club might help out with various school science fairs. He has been contacted by several teachers, asking if we could contribute somehow. Mike is following up to see what they want, and what we can do.

 

8:15 - Meeting Ends