Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting January 8, 2016

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting January 8, 2016

President Burke called the January Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:30 PM. There were ten members present plus three board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official. There were twelve members of the public in attendance.

Secretary:
Minutes of the December business meetings were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer:
No report

Membership:
There are currently 101 members in good standing.

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:
The observatory opened on one night in December with good attendance. The club still needs additional support people at the observatory. Anyone interested contact Kevin Ackert.

Salem University:
Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the observatory was closed for the whole month of December.

Star Party Committee:
No Report

Telescope Clinic:
No Activity

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

New Business:
Upcoming election:
President Ed Burke informed attendees that there would be three openings on the board next year. We need a chairman for the nominating committee so that we can have a slate of candidates to be announced at the February business meeting. The selection of the chairman will be conducted via the list server. If anyone is interested in the position please contact President Burke.

Entertainment:
Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by Astrophysicist Dr. William Wall who gave an engaging talk entitled “Exploring the Cosmic Origins of Cape Ann and the North Shore. Carl Sagan once said that “if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the Universe!” In that spirit, Dr .Wall started with the Hot Big Bang and weaved a tale of emergence that included the formation of galaxies, stars, planets, and life. He then focused on our Milky Way galaxy and all the wonderful objects therein that trace the cycles of stellar life and death so critical to the development of rocky planets and biological life. He then zoomed back to Earth and recounted the surprising geological story of greater Cape Ann. Members not present missed a really fascinating presentation. We thank Dr. Wall for his stimulating presentation.

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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