Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting June 5, 2015

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting June 5, 2015

President Burke called the June Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:34 PM. There were nine members present plus four board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.

Minutes of the May business meetings were approved by acclamation.

No report

There are currently 101 members in good standing.

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

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:
Kevin Ackert opened on June 3 with 20 visitors. He said the focuser was working much smoother. Fred Sammartino opened two times during the month with 12 to 15 visitors. Ralph Pass is not teaching an astronomy course next year and we do not know what that means for the observatory. The observatory needs some more volunteers to help at the observatory as we are down to two operators. Dave Aucoin volunteered to help. Still need some more volunteers.

Salem University:
Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the observatory is shut down for the summer and will open the second week of September. He can open any time for special events.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Star Party Committee:
The clouds cleared out on Thursday night and we had a great event thanks to help from John Hobbs, Michael Deneen, Dave Aucoin, John Gall, Bryan Stone, Marc Tardiff, Alex Newhouse, and Tom Vozzella.

Our next event will be Tues June 16th (cloud 18th) at Battis Farm in Amesbury for the Lake Gardner Improvement Association. This event is open to the public so feel free to invite friends and family. http://www.lgia.org/events

We can stay afterwards to observe; for those that haven’t been here before it’s a large open field with good visibility in all directions and less light pollution than many of the other areas along the RT495 area. More details will be posted when we get closer to the event date.

Coming up over the summer:
Battis Farm (June)
Little Neck (July)
Hamilton-Wenham Library (August)

Telescope Clinic:
No Activity

YAP Program:
No Report.

Old Business:
John Hobbs has contacted the Boxford Dpw to see if we can put a switch for the light in front of the West Boxford Library. He will keep us posted on the progress. Several members have tried the site and found it acceptable and would be better if the front light can be turned off.

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:
Ed Burke indicated that he will look into and fix the memory issue with the website. He will also give website permission to Michael Deneen.

Ed is also on the Groveland town committee that is looking into the use of the Strawberry Fields observing area. The idea proposed by the committee is to develop the area as an athletic and recreational area. There will be no building except for maybe toilets. He believes we can as a minimum have the same arrangement as last year with specified Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.

Coffee and cookies were provided. The Entertainment for the evening was a talk by Dwight Lanpher on the annual upcoming Acadia Night Sky Festival September 25-29. His presentation showed the location of the various venues and showed photos of last year’s festival. He noted that there were 9 members from the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club and invited members of NSAAC to attend this year.

The June Board meeting will be at a date to be determined.

Meeting adjourned 7:50 PM.

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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