Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting December 6, 2019

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting December 6, 2019

President Deneen called the December Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:30 PM. There were 4 board members present and 13 club members. There were four guests: Vivian Hobbs, Anna Orbanes, Philip and Anne Marie Orbanes. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.

Secretary:
The minutes of the November business meeting were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer:
The International Dark Skies Association dues were paid.

Membership:
There are currently approximately 60 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:
Mendel was only able to open two nights with 6 visitors on Nov 6th and 12 visitors on Nov 13th.

Salem University:
Dennis Gudzevich reported that Collins observatory was open Nov 4th with 16 Girl Scouts and chaperones and later with 18 students. On Nov 18th there were 21 visitors at a star party and Professor Conlon with 24 students. Finally on Nov 25th there were 2 guests.

Star Party Committee:
No activity

Telescope Clinic:
No Report

Old Business:
President Deneen indicated that it will be several weeks until the website is migrated to Club Express. Stay tuned for breaking information.

New Business:
None

Entertainment:
Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by locally renowned Astrophotographer Phil Orbanes entitled “Cosmic Road Trip”, an expertly-illustrated presentation of a vacation trip through the cosmos, camera in hand. Phil explains that the “Cosmic Road Trip takes us on a futuristic ‘vacation’ to the stars when the speed of light is no longer a barrier. During this trek, we will visit successively further stellar objects, colorfully named objects like the Seven Sisters, Witch Head, Heart and Soul, the Bubble and Blue Horsehead. We will learn which is closest, which is farthest, and progress through 20 or so in between. And we will contemplate the science that explains how each of these objects gained its unique appearance. Most important, we will have a splendid time.”

Meeting adjourned 9:15 PM.

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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