Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting April 4, 2014

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President Hocker called the April Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 8:17 PM.  There were five members present plus seven Board members.   There was a not a quorum.  Meeting was information only.


No report.


Kevin Ackert indicated that we are starting a new fiscal year.  He will give the board a final close of the books by the May Board meeting.


There was a new member Tom Vozzella.

Early Meeting Announcements:  

Open forum on the agenda after New Business

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:

Kevin opened on March 3rd with one guest. Ray Ferland and Ed Burke droped by to help out.  

Salem University:

On the March 17th Dennis had 19 guests.  There were 13 guests at the observatory on the 24th.  Dennis opened on Fri 14th for the AAPT meeting at the college and had 9 visitors. On April 2nd there were 8 visitors.  Next Monday April 7th there will be35 pre-schoolers at the observatory.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Dick Leucke will pick up a set of Burnham’s Handbook being donated to the club.

American Astronomical Meeting is in Boston June 3 and they are asking if anyone from the club interested.  No one expressed interest.

Star Party Committee:

We had a great turnout at Bancroft Elementary in Andover on March 18th. Thanks to John Hobbs, John Gall, Kandy Rathinasamy, Dick Luecke, Kevin Ackert, David Aucoin, and Bryan Stone. And yes, Bryan Stone set his own personal best record that night for finding M81 & M82 in 2 seconds.

Battis Farm in Amesbury was clouded out both nights; they decided to combine with the Camp Kent event in June for a retry.

Brewster did a presentation to Cub Scout pack 79 (Andover) on 3/20. A small group went outside afterwards to have constellations pointed out but the glare bombs in the parking lot made that difficult.

On April 3rd we had a Star Party at Trahan Elementary in Tewksbury. Thanks go to Kevin Hocker, David Aucoin, John Hobbs, Kevin Ackert, and John Gall for bringing scopes. A few parents commented to me inside about the knowledge and helpfulness of the NSAAC members.

Both schools made generous donations.

Up Next:
Salem Science Night, Thurs April 10th, 5PM. Dick Luecke is
coordinating. (This is rescheduled from March).

Ryan Middle Tewksbury Star Party. April 29, May 1 backup.
AB Bruce Lawrence Star Party. April 20, 22nd backup
Camp Kent Amesbury Star Party. June 3, 5th backup

Brewster has one new request to schedule. I still have not heard from some of the regulars for spring. (we have two open slots left)

Brewster is using SurveyMonkey.com to determine volunteer availability. This seems to be working out pretty well. Only people on the “Star Party Volunteer” list get these requests, if you would like to know more about upcoming events email me and I’ll add you to the list.

Telescope Clinic:

No Activity

YAP Program:

There were only two applicants for the program.  Kevin is interested in making the YAP program an ongoing program with more info in the social media and boarding the area to include other states such as all of New England.  Kevin read the two responses and they will be discussed at the upcoming board meeting and a decision will be made on who will get a prize and what questions of any the club wants to send to the responders.

Old Business:

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

The Mirror grinder in Kevin’s Garage has been given to Glen Muir who is taking the grinder in conjunction with the ATMoBs and the American Astronomy Association for storage in order to keep it as an historical item that must be maintained.

Bryan Stone has not received a reply from Owl Astronomy in response to the letter sent last month.

Kevin Ackert will try to have Paypal resolve the issue.

New Business:

No new business.

The March Board meeting date will be Monday April 14th at 7:30 PM at Veasey.


Meeting adjourned 10:07 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC



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