Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting November 3, 2017

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting November 3, 2017

President Deneen called the November Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:40 PM.  There were 6 board members present and 7 club members. There were 3 guests: Mark Gilbert and his son Jack, and Jim Ritscher.  There was a quorum. Meeting was official.

Secretary:

The minutes of the October business meeting was approved by acclamation..

Treasurer:

No Report.

Membership:

There are currently approximately 55 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:

Brewster LaMacchia has been advised by the new director of the observatory, that the parts to repair the telescope have been received and the repairs will be made in the next two weeks.  Then the observatory will be available for star parties.  Brewster is still interested in recruiting additional members to help with star parties.

Salem University:

Observatory was open on October 2nd with 16 guests.  Dennis would still appreciate help from anyone who would like to help run the observatory.  Contact Dennis Gudzevich if interested.

Star Party Committee:

Upcoming star parties:

Sanborn School, Andover, MA, Nov. 9th with cloud dates Nov 21 or Nov 28th

Centerville Elementary School, Beverly MA, Nov 14th with cloud date Nov 16th

The Bob Seibel 10″ Dob is available for club members to borrow! It would be great to see this scope get out and about more.

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.

See Dennis Gudzevich to for pay for your calendars and handbooks.

New Business:

The board of directors is proposing to change the club bylaws in order to make the land club funds available for other club uses as the prospects of purchasing land for the club is not something that is feasible. The board is proposing to remove the current Article X:Land Fund, and replace with the following:

“Article X, Land Fund: Land fund monies may be used for general club purposes, including but not limited to promoting observing opportunities and outreach. At the discretion of the Treasurer, priority in the disposition of said monies shall be given to preventing the insolvency of the NSAAC”.

This change will be voted on at the club’s December 1 meeting. The Bylaws can be downloaded here: http://nsaac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014_NSAAC_BYLAWS.pdf

Entertainment:

Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by club members John Hobbs about his involvement in the trace elemental analysis of the Apollo II lunar samples.  He prefaced the talk with a discussion of two of his mentors, who worked on the Manhattan Project, who got him involved in the project.

Meeting adjourned 9:15 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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