Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting January 2, 2015


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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting January 2, 2015

President Hocker called the January Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:40 PM.  There were seven members present plus five Board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.


Minutes of the December Business meeting were approved by acclamation.


Treasure received the club insurance bill and paid the bill.


There are currently 101 members in good standing.

Early Meeting Announcements:

Open forum on the agenda after New Business

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:

The Observatory was closed due to the Holiday evenings.

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich opened the opened the observatory on December15th with 8 guests.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Star Party Committee:

No report.

Telescope Clinic:

No activity.

YAP Program:

Tabled talk about how to do YAP and whether we want to continue and how involved.

Old Business:

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

Also, we need more volunteers for the operation of the telescope at Merrimack College. If interested contact either Kevin Ackert or Fred Sammartino.

New Business:

Election of officers is coming up in March.  We need a chairman of the nomination committee. Ray Ferland has volunteered to be the chairman of the committee.

Astronomy Day is coming up and maybe the club could do an event at Brooks’s school and open it to the public.  Astronomy day is Saturday April 25.  Kevin Ackert suggested scale of the universe, a presentation in the building, solar observing, and a display of types of telescopes.

Because of the updating of memberships, sending out information to new members, and the reoccurring problem with the collection and notification of club dues has not been working very well, board member Richard Leucke, the membership director, has suggested that the club consider doing away with dues and consider membership on a voluntary donation basis. The Board will discuss this at the next board meeting and formulate ideas for discussion at the next business meeting.


Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by Kevin Hocker on Space Telescopes.

The May Board meeting date will be Monday 12th at 7:30 PM at Village Restaurant in Georgetown.

Meeting adjourned 8:35 PM.


Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC



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