Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting August 7, 2015

Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting August 7, 2015

President Burke called the August Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:30 PM. There were seven members present plus three board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official. There was one guest; Matthew Casey and his daughter Julia.

Secretary:
Minutes of the June 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:
Bill Down opened one Wednesday. Fred Sammartino entertained a group of scouts and Dave Aucoin has volunteered to become a scope handler and presenter. Still need some more volunteers.

Salem University:
Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the observatory will open the second Monday in September. He can open any time for special events.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:
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Star Party Committee:
The Chelmsford Land Trust star party was started with hope that the clouds would break; but they didn’t. Thanks to Michael Deneen, John Hobbs, Bryan Stone, and TomVolutta for showing up for mosquito feed. This event is to be rescheduled later in September.

At the Hamilton Wenham Library, approximately 50 parents and kids were treated to views of the moon, M8, the Ring, Saturn, and M13. Thanks to John Hobbs, Michael Deneen, and David Aucoin for assisting tonight.

More about tonight’s event and some pictures here:
http://nsaac.org/2015/08/hamilton-wenham-star-party-aug-27-2015/

We have two events planned in September, please see the club calendar for details:
http://nsaac.org/events/2015-09/

The Battis Farm event is our biggest public event of the year, as well as being a pretty good site to observe from. We’ll need 8+ scopes for that so if you’ve been on the fence about coming out to a Star Party make one or both nights (Sep 18/19) the night to come out.
Coming up over the summer:
Hamilton-Wenham Library (August)

Telescope Clinic:
Kevin Ackert and Ron Sampson help Matthew Casey and his daughter Julia in setting up their new telescope.
YAP Program:
No Report.

Old Business:
John Hobbs has contacted the Boxford DPW again to see if we can get the light in front of the West Boxford Library turned off or have a switch installed. 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.

John Hobbs found the correct person in the Town of Amesbury in the Parks and Recreation Committee to request to use Battis Farm on Friday and Saturday nights. He will send in a request to this committee.

If the club is interested, John Hobbs can contact the Town of Boxford to see if the club can use the parking lot and field behind the Boxford Community Center and the Fire Station for observing. An obstacle here is the large light illuminating the commuter parking lot.

John Hobbs has been in contact with member Jim Bastable and found that he had fallen and broke his hip. The good news is that it was the hip side that was affected by his stroke and not his good leg. He had surgery and is at home. He might appreciate a phone call.

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 the club has the use of Strawberry Fields and clear night through the end of November. Ed Burke has the one and only key. We may look into a lock box for the key. There is no porta-potty and use the field as is. He indicated that the town has no long term town housing.

Ed Burke wanted to thank Michael Deneen for arranging for use of the BBC. There will be an online club vote to see where the members prefer to hold the business meeting.

Kevin Ackert raised an issue with the storage of club assets in one of his garages. Unless he can make arrangements with a new tenant to keep using the garage, we will have to move the assets somewhere else. Kevin will keep the club apprised of the situation.

Dennis Gudzevich called for orders for calendars and RASC handbooks. He will send out notices on the list server.

Entertainment:
Coffee and cookies were provided. The Entertainment for the evening was an entertaining and informative talk by Kevin Hocker on the New Horizons Mission to Pluto along with some of the newest photos of the planet and its moons.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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