2004-03-31

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

General Meeting Minutes

Date: March 31, 2004
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Gil Self
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Glen, Rod, Gil
Members Present: John, Jim Toews, Jim Van Doren, Maurice, Wayne, Doug, Gerhard
Guests Present: The Lemcke and Shrimpton families

Meeting called to order at 7:34 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
No minutes were circulated, as there was no March Executive meeting.

2. Treasurer’s Report:
As of March 30, 2004
Club Account
Total Income $3048.30
Total Expenses $2953.36
Total Income/Expenses $94.94
Total Net Worth $2885.33

Gaming Account
Total Income $261.02
Total Expenses $1956.31
Total Income/Expenses ($1695.29)
Total Net Worth $2866.70

3. Correspondence
RBC statement, Telus, BCHydro, and Terasen bills, IDSA bulletin, Vancouver and Calgary Centre newsletters

4. Old Business
None

5. New Business

  • Motion from Gil: To ensure that the projector is not used off site, and is to remain permanently affixed to the ceiling. Moved: Maurice Seconded: Jim Toews Carried
  • Motion from Gil: To grant a 1 year Honorary membership to Michael Lemcke and Phillip Shrimpton in recognition of attaining Silver status at the Area School Science Fair, their keen interest in Astronomy, and for their excellent presentation entitled ‘Gravities Fatal Attraction-Black Holes’.
  • Moved: Gil Seconded: Glen Carried
  • Michael and Phillip graciously donated their project to the Club, where it will be prominently displayed.

5. New Business (Cont’d)
Volunteers for April Events
Open Houses
April 2 Brian (Tour)
April 9 Glen
April 16
April 21 Glen (Lyrids Meteor Shower)
April 23 Gil
April 30

Member’s Nights
April 3 Doug
April 10 Glen
April 17 Glen (Viewing at Baldy Hughes?)
April 24 Doug
May 1 Doug

6. Upcoming Events
April 2 – Tour at the Observatory
April 20 – RASC president Rajiv Gupta visits the Prince George Centre. Lecture at UNBC in room 7-150 at 7:00 p.m. Buffet at the Ascah’s at 5:00 p.m. If you haven’t already indicated, call John ASAP at (250) 614-0557 if you plan on attending. A visit to the observatory will follow.
April 21 – Lyrids Meteor Shower- Public Event
April 24 – International Astronomy Day

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

7. Presentations
Phillip and Michael, Grade 7 students at Foothills Elementary School, presented their Science Fair project on Black Holes. Michael lives close to the Observatory, and visits us quite often. Maurice ran a Power Point presentation featuring Gemini, Saturn, Ceres, and Cassini.

Adjourned at 9:00 p.m.