Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting April 1, 2016

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting April 1, 2016

President Deneen called the April Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:30 PM.  There were six members present plus five board members. There were three visitors. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.

 Secretary:

Minutes of the March and February business meetings were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer:

The year-end books were approved at the March Board meeting. Outgoing Treasurer Ackert discussed transferring the books to the new Treasurer Ron Sampson and that they need to meet to change over the bank signatures to the bank of choice of the new Treasurer.

 Membership:

There are currently 101 members in good standing.

 Committee Reports:

 Merrimack College:

No report

 Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the observatory was open on the 21st with 15 visitors.

 Star Party Committee:

There was a star party for the Molin Elementary School in Newburyport March 3rd.  This event was held at the Parker Wildlife Visitor Center on Plum Island in Newburyport.  About 70 fourth grade students and parents attended. Clouds held off until 8PM, and even then the dark skies to the east provided reasonable views for a while longer.  The Orion Nebula and Jupiter were the highlight of the evening; a range of other objects were also shown to visitors.

Scopes were provided by John Hobbs, Dick Luecke, John Gall, Brewster LaMacchia, and Michael Deneen, and we were joined by club member Charlie Hall.

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:

John Hobbs is in the process of submitting paperwork to get permit approvals for Battis Farm and Dark Park.

Entertainment:

Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by Glenn Chaple, President of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, writer of the “Observing Basics” column of Astronomy Magazine, and author of numerous books on observing through telescopes.  His presentation was on observing with small telescopes in which he illustrated the numerous objects that he found with his 40 year old 3 inch Edmunds refractor.

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.

 

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs,

Secretary NSAAC

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