Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting January 6, 2017

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting January 6, 2017

President Deneen called the January Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:40 PM.  There were 6 board members present and 8 club members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.  There were 2 guests; Hobson Woodward and his daughter Sadie.


Minutes of the December business meeting was approved by acclamation.


Treasurer is working on getting the books transferred from the outgoing treasurer Kevin Ackert.  Once the books are transferred the treasurer will transfer the accounts to a new bank.


There are currently 103 members in good standing. There were two new members present.

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:

No Report

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich reported that the observatory opened on December 5th with a private star party for 16 guests, followed with opening for the general public with 14 guests.  He opened on the 12th with 13 guests.

Star Party Committee:

No Report

Telescope Clinic:

The Hobson family came with two scopes that needed help.  These were school scopes from Sadie Hobson’s school.  One was a refractor with no finder scope and a shaky mount.  They could get a red dot finder for that scope and use the Alt/AZ mount.  The other scope was a Meade 4 inch refractor minus the objective lens and tripod for the equatorial mount.  They will go back to the school to see if they could find the missing essential parts.

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 reminded members that wish to use either Battis Farms or Dark Park that at least one member have a copy of the permits which are available from Hobbs.  Members must call the telephone numbers listed on the permits.

The entertainment for the coming year was discussed and list of confirmed and potential programs was constructed:

February          Alan Hirshfeld

March              open

April                Astro Photos

May                 Introduction to Amateur Astronomy

June                 Dr. William Waller

July                  No meeting

August              Dwight Lampgher Acadia Sky festival

September       Michael Deneen on what’s up

October           Mario Motta talk?

November       open

December        Christmas Party with Four short talks


Entertainment for the evening was a brief presentation by Bryan Stone on his trip to the Arecibo Radio Telescope.

Meeting adjourned 9:20 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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