Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting March 6, 2015

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting March 6, 2015

President Hocker called the March Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:42 PM. There were nine members present plus five board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.

Secretary:
Minutes of the January and February business meetings were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer:
No report

Membership:
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 all month due to storms and snow on the dome.

Salem University:
No report

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:
.
Star Party Committee:
No report.

Telescope Clinic:
Kevin Ackert held a scope clinic for a family who had a reflector that was made by their father who was a member of ATMoBs.

YAP Program:
No Report.

Old Business:
The Vice President announced the slate of candidates for the elections of officers:
President: Ed Burke
Vice-President: Richard Leucke
Treasurer: Kevin Ackert
Secretary: John Hobbs
Membership Director: Richard Leucke
Member at Large: open
Member at Large: open

A motion was made and carried that the list of candidates for club officers be elected by acclamation.

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

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

New Business:
John Hobbs indicated that a request to observe behind the West Boxford library has been approved by the Boxford selectmen. He has also received the permit for the use of Dark Park permit for the coming year.

Entertainment:
The Entertainment for the evening was an engaging talk by Professor Alan Hirshfeld of the University of Massachusetts Bridgewater, the author of “Starlight Detectives”, on how astronomy got stared in America. Afterwards, he had copies of his books for sale and signed those purchased by members.

The May Board meeting date will be Monday March 16th at 7:30 PM at location to be determined.

Meeting adjourned 7:50 PM.

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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