Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting April 7, 2017


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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting April 7, 2017

President Deneen called the April Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:40 PM.  There were 5 board members present and 7 club members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.


Minutes of the March business meeting were approved by acclamation.


Treasurer Sampson is still 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.  He will send out a dues notice to the list server.


There are currently 103 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:

No report..

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich reported that the observatory opened on March 6th with 17 guests.  He was closed the rest of the month because of weather. If you have any interest is assisting Dennis at the observatory contact him via the list server.

Star Party Committee:

Upcoming star parties:

Sat April 29th – Malden. Public event at Waitt’s Mount park

Tues May 2nd (4th cloud) – Beverly, Cove Elementary

Telescope Clinic:

No report

Old Business:

The club still would like to find other volunteers to do star party presentations. If anyone is interested please contact Brewster LaMacchia. We are also looking for any members who would like to assist at Merrimack College Observatory.

New Business:

John Hobbs reminded members that wish to use 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 permit and also call the Boxford number when using Boy Scout Park.  The club has decided not to renew a permit for Battis Farm as no one has used in two years and we support Camp Kent star parties and can arrange for use of the venue through them, He is obtaining a new permit for Dark Park.


Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by club member Tom McDermott who described the design and construction of a unique electric focuser for telescope.  He presented reasons for the design, the electronic circuitry, and the use of a 3D printer to make the housing.


Mr. McDermott was a high school Electronics Instructor days and college Computer Networks Instructor evenings for over 15 years. For the next 7 years he was the Technology Coordinator for that same school district. He then left education to work in the private sector as a Systems Engineer and Administrator.

Meeting adjourned 9:17 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC


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