Monthly Archives: January 2007

2007-01-31

PRINCE GEORGE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
PRINCE GEORGE CENTRE
7365 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC
V2N 6S2

General Meeting Minutes
January 31, 2007

Date: January 31, 2007
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Gil Self
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Gil, Maurice, Glen, Bob, Blair, John, Gregory, Doug, Jim T.
Members Present: Valerie, Gerhard

Meeting Called to Order at 7:40 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
None presented

2. Treasurer’s Report
General Account Balance: $4605.49
Gaming Account Balance: $85.42
A detailed financial report is filed with the minutes.

3. Correspondence
Various RASC Centre newsletters, miscellaneous bills, thank you letters from NVSS and the French school

4. Old Business

  • Telescope drive upgrade – Installation of the ring gear will depend on the availability of a HIAB/crane. Blair is making the arrangements. The scope must be operational for the March open houses.
  • The 6 dome mounts have been fabricated and are on site awaiting installation.
  • The water tank level indicator needs to be recalibrated.

5. New Business

  • Privacy Commissioner responsibilities have been delegated to the Secretary.
  • Recreation Market is being held on Saturday March 17 (9:30 – 6:00pm) and Sunday March 18 (Noon – 5pm)
  • 2007 focus will be on Dark Skies. Maurice and John will spearhead this project and hope to get cooperation from BC Hydro, various lighting suppliers, and the public library. The presentation is expected to take place in April.
  • Motion: To authorize the cost to update the signage used at the REC Market booth. M/S/C
  • Motion: To renew the club’s membership in the Dark Sky organization. M/S/C
  • The general meeting in March will be replaced with a social event. This change may be made to the April and May meetings depending on the success of the March event.

Adjourned at 8:25pm

6: Presentations:
Bob presented Bootes as constellation of the month, a rundown of his recent activities at the DAO and his studies of eclipsing binary stars.

2007-01-10

PRINCE GEORGE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
PRINCE GEORGE CENTRE
7365 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC
V2N 6S2

Executive Meeting Minutes
January 10, 2007

Date: January 10, 2007
Location: Arctic Manufacturing Ltd, 3323 Hart Hwy

Chairperson: Gil Self
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Gil, Blair, Glen

Meeting Called to Order at 8:00 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Minutes of November 8, 2006 meeting were circulated.

2. Treasurer’s Report
Not available

3. Correspondence
The mailbox hasn’t been checked in a while

4. Old Business

  • Removal of the scope counterweight was unsuccessful because the Hiab used didn’t have an adequate reach. Blair will arrange to have an appropriately sized Hiab on site, possibly as soon as next week, weather permitting.
  • Slash pile burning is deferred until weather conditions permit.

5. New Business

  • Ideas for this year’s coming events were discussed. Some of the suggestions were: Astronomy Day, Messier Marathons, solar viewing in mall parking lots or on the library deck, Dark Sky Awareness event (perhaps in conjunction with BCHydro), lunar eclipse in August, Spring and Fall Recreation Markets, December conjunction, potluck windups, Open houses.
  • Changing the format of the general meeting in March to a wholly social event was discussed. Input from the executive as to what activities could be incorporated would be appreciated.
  • Gil suggested that agenda items come from all executive members, rather than relying on only one person to come up with ideas for discussion.
  • YRB will not sand the parking lot when they plow. Suggestions for locations to pay for sanding material and apply it ourselves were Kode and Rolling Mix.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm