Friday February 7, 2014

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President Stone called the February Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 8:25 PM.  There were five members present plus six Board members.   There was not a quorum.  Meeting was information only.

Secretary:  No report.

Treasurer: Kevin Ackert gave a brief report.

Membership: At the meeting was a new member David Aucoin.

Early Meeting Announcements:  Open forum on the agenda after New Business

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College: Bill Drown substituted for Kevin and had six visitors. On Bill’s usual Wednesday he had twelve visitors.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Star Party Committee: Event at Tewksbury Library was attended by Kevin Hocker and Kevin Ackert and two other club members.

Telescope Clinic: No Activity

YAP Program: Deadline for the YAP submissions is March 31st.   Yap judging day is the May 2nd business meeting.  The YAP program for scope awards is May 17th.  Dick Luecke demonstrated the Dobsonian from Astronomy without Borders.   The club and Board will continue to evaluate this scope.

Old Business: The club still would like to find other volunteers to do star party presentations.  If anyone is interested please contact Brewster LaMacchia.

Brewster LaMacchia read the slate of candidates for officers for the upcoming March elections.  The slate is:

President: Kevin Hocker

Vice President: Ed Burke

Treasurer: Kevin Ackert

Membership Dir: Dick Leucke

Member at Large: Dan Smoody

Member at Large Ron Sampson

There was a discussion of the printed copy of the CO.  It was decided that we still need to have a printed copy of the Celestial Observer newsletter. Ed Burke will ask for CO inputs the Saturday after the business meeting and will take the inputs and format them for the online version and create a PDF file and Kevin Ackert will print the hard copies at home and mail them out.

New Business: Dan Smoody made a proposal for a different approach to the YAP process. He suggests a tier of different priced prizes with the top prize a great package.  The idea is to make the responders compete for the best prize with the losers getting lesser prizes. His idea is to take the selected essay winners and submit to them questions selected by the club about astronomy that they have to answer without teacher or parent input.  Based on their answers, 4 awards will be made.  The first would be a six inch Orion Dobsonian with Intelliscope option, soft case and eyepiece kit.  The second place winner would receive 5.3 inch tabletop Dobsonian with two to three eyepieces.  Third prize would be a medium priced good quality 10X or 12 X 50 pair of binoculars.  Last place prize would be a Plainisphere and an astronomy starter book, for example, Turn Left at Orion.

The February Board meeting date will be Monday February 17th at 7:30 PM at Veasey.

Meeting adjourned 10:05 PM.

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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