Category Archives: 2004 / 2005

2005-03-09

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

Executive Meeting Minutes
March 9, 2005

Date: March 9, 2005
Location: 490 Brunswick, St.

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Executives Present: Brian, Maurice, Robin, Wayne, Glen, Bob, Gil, Doug, Greg

Meeting Called to Order at 7:35 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes from February 9, 2005 were circulated
Motion to accept minutes as circulated by: Wayne Seconded by: Maurice

2. Treasurer’s Report
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Assets $3648.19 Total Assets $8596.51
Total Liabilities $0.00 Total Liabilities $0.00
Total Assets/Liabilities $3648.19 Total Assets/Liabilities $8596.51

3. Correspondence
Cheque from RASC HQ, Telus bill, RBC statements, RDFFG letter

4. Old Business

  • A telescope workshop component will be added to the Astronomy Day activities.
  • Gil will fax the building ownership information to Gaming in the next few days
  • Wayne will be judging at the Science Fair and will award a one-year RASC membership to the student(s) with the best astronomy related project.
  • Maurice and Wayne will coordinate their efforts in fabricating a laser pointer mount.
  • In Bob’s job jar is the task of locating observatory related newspaper articles.
  • Bob and Wayne will rekindle their efforts to get the flip mirror mechanism working properly.
  • 8 adults and 15-20 children attended the March 2nd tour hosted by Gil.
  • Pro D day held on March 4th saw 2 adults and 2 kids in attendance. Robin was the host.
  • 1 adult and 4 teens showed up for a tour on March 8 hosted by Wayne and Brian.

5. New Business

  • Bob and Gil will troubleshoot the sticking dome problem. A motor driven chain and sprocket will most likely be the solution to the problem.
  • Robin and Brian met with Bonnie Chappel, the SD57 Curriculum Coordinator and forged a ‘partnership’ that will benefit both the PG Centre and SD57.
  • Maurice handed out some plans for using one of the storage rooms as a galley.
  • A Co-op student may want to use the observatory equipment and facilities for an astronomy related project. Further details will be forthcoming.

5. New Business (continued)

  • Gaming grant. After a great deal of discussion, the following proposals were approved for implementation. $8500 in funding is available. The main thrust of the spending will be towards education and public outreach.
  • Purchase a 12′ wall screen. Cost $1162.04
  • Purchase a Solar Scope. Cost $130.00
  • Purchase 2 – 4.5″ Orion StarBlast Dobsonian telescopes for member’s use and loaning out. Based on their usage, an additional 2 could be purchased. Cost for 2 telescopes $566.31
  • Print 600 promotional brochures. Cost $280.44
  • Purchase Moon and Constellation globes. Cost $87.78
  • Purchase a Mars globe. Cost $171.95
  • Purchase remote administration software (2 licenses). Cost US$70 (C$85)
  • The following 2 proposals are contingent on Gaming changing their criteria for spending based on the building ownership issue.
  • Pay/prepay the Gas, Phone, and Hydro utilities. Cost $2538.00
  • Classroom aesthetic and acoustic improvements. Cost $1370.32
  • Total expenditures $6391.84

Coming Events
March 12: Messier Marathon Potluck 5:00 pm Everyone welcome
March 16: P.G. Naturalists 7:30 pm Wayne
March 19: NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Brian
March 25: Spring Break Day 9:00 am – Noon Wayne – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wayne – Cub tour 7:00 pm Wayne
March 30: General Meeting 7:30 pm Everyone welcome
April 1: ‘Y’ Day Care Tour 12:30 pm Brian
April 16: Astronomy Day 2:00 pm – ? Various members

Open House
March 4 Maurice
March 11 Gil
March 18 Brian
March 25 Wayne
April 1 Gil
April 8 Bob
April 15 Brian
April 22 Robin
April 29 Maurice

Member’s Night
March 5 Brian
March 12 Messier Marathon
March 19 Brian
March 26 Glen
April 2 Doug
April 9 Brian
April 16 Glen
April 23 Brian
April 30 Doug

Next general meeting:
Main Talk: Doug-pictures of Australia

Additional topic: Gil-Constellation of the Month

6. Adjournment
Motion to adjourn by: Glen
Seconded by: Brian

Adjourned at 10:30 p.m.

2005-02-23

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

General Meeting Minutes

Date: February 23, 2005
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Brian, Glen, Wayne, Gil
Members Present: Maurice, Robin, Art, John Ascah, Doug, Rod, Jim Toews, Dan, Martin
Guests Present: May, Lauren

Meeting called to order at 7:38 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
January 27, 2005 General meeting minutes
February 9, 2005 Executive meeting minutes
Motion to accept January 27, 2005 General meeting minutes as circulated.
Moved: Gil Seconded: Jim Carried

2. Treasurer’s Report:
As of February 25, 2005
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Assets $2344.36 Total Assets $96.51
Total Liabilities $37.98 Total Liabilities $0.00
Total Assets/Liabilities $2306.38 Total Assets/Liabilities $96.51

A deposit of $8500.00 was apparently made to the gaming fund on February 12, 2005 but is not included in the financial report.

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.
Moved: Gil Seconded: Maurice Carried

3. Correspondence
Various RASC Centres newsletters, Gaming Grant letter, Space Technology flyer, Curtis Elite bill, BCHydro bill, Terasen statement, GST confirmation statement, RASC General Assembly application form, Bell Canada questionnaire. A letter from JPL regarding ‘NASA Space Place’ has been answered with the hope that we will soon see their articles back on our website.

4. Old Business
The scope drive power supply and 3″ finder scope mounting brackets have been repaired.

5. New Business

  • Motion: To appoint Al Whitman as this Centre’s Alternative National Representative and liaison with this Centre’s National Council Representative John Ascah for the remainder of the 2004/2005 fiscal year.
  • Moved: Rod Seconded: Art Carried
  • Al Whitman was instructed via email to vote at the February 26, 2005 National Council meeting as follows:
  • PROPOSAL #1. National council-Proposed Fee Changes and Removal of the 90-day Notice Requirement
  • We are FOR National Council being the ones to initiate membership fee changes.
  • We are AGAINST eliminating the 90 day wait period
  • PROPOSAL #2. Change the fixed 60/40 Society/ Centre Fee Distributions to a flexible distribution.
  • We are AGAINST this.
  • PROPOSAL #3. Centre Practice in the USE of Basic Surcharges
  • We are FOR this proposal.
  • PROPOSAL #4. Transparency in Reporting of Fees
  • We are FOR this proposal.
  • PROPOSAL #5. Proposed Fee Increase ($5) for 2005
  • We are FOR this proposal.
  • The NOVA program has been submitted to National. Plans are in the works to polish it up and make it available to all Centres.
  • The following Astronomy Day activities were discussed.
    • Solar and Lunar viewing/daylight observatory tours
    • Meteor detector operational
    • Hot Dogs served from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Hands on workshop/ Activity from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Presentation/Lecture from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Observing begins at 9:00 pm
  • Education/Public outreach – Robin and Brian will be meeting with Bonnie Chappel from PG School Services in early March to discuss Astronomy and the Space Science curriculum to discuss how School District 57 could publicize the services of the observatory to their schools.
  • Due to the restrictions stipulated in the Gaming document, Gil will submit additional information in an attempt to broaden the areas in which we can spend the money. At present, all $8500 must be spent on Education and Public Outreach. The original application also asked for funds for operating expenses, utilities, building repairs and maintenance, continuing technical and audio-visual improvements, and continuing property improvements to ensure public safety.
  • In order for a project to be considered for implementation, a project description, expected benefit, detailed materials and associated cost proposal must be submitted to the executive. In future, these details must be presented prior to applying for a grant.

6. Upcoming Events
February 26 Member’s night 7:30 pm Brian
March 2 Guide tour 6:30 pm Gil, Doug
March 4 Youth Day 9:00 am – Noon Robin
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Robin
March 5 Recreation Market 9:30 am – 6:00 pm at Pine Centre
NOVA Workshop 7:30 pm Brian
March 6 Recreation market Noon – 5:00 pm at Pine Centre
March 12 Messier Marathon 6:00 pm Everyone welcome
This is a potluck event so bring something to share and munch on throughout the evening

6. Upcoming Events (Cont’d)
March 19 NOVA Workshop 7:30 pm Brian
March 25 Spring Break Day 9:00 am – Noon Robin, Wayne
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Robin, Wayne
Cub Tour 7:00 pm Robin, Wayne
April 16 Astronomy Day 2:00 pm – ? Various

Open Houses
March 4 Maurice
March 11 Gil
March 18 Brian
March 25 Wayne, Robin
April 1 Gil
April 8 Bob
April 15 Brian
April 22 Robin
April 29 Maurice
May 6 Maurice
May 13 Wayne
May 20 Gil
May 27 Bob

Member’s Nights
March 5 Brian
March 12 Messier Marathon
March 19 Brian
March 26 Glen
April 2 Doug
April 9 Brian
April 16 Glen
April 23 Brian
April 30 Doug
May 7 Brian
May 14 Rod
May 21 Cancelled due to GA in Kelowna
May 28 Robin

Meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

2005-02-09

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

Executive Meeting Minutes
February 9, 2005

Date: February 9, 2005
Location: 490 Brunswick, St.

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Executives Present: Brian, Maurice, Wayne, Glen, Bob, Gil, Doug
Members Present:
Guests Present:

Meeting Called to Order at 7:35 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes from January 12, 2005 were circulated
Motion to accept minutes as circulated by: Bob Seconded by: Gil

2. Treasurer’s Report
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Assets $3004.24 Total Assets $96.51
Total Liabilities $0.00 Total Liabilities $0.00
Total Assets/Liabilities $3004.24 Total Assets/Liabilities $96.51

3. Correspondence
Cheque from RASC HQ, agenda from RASC National for next meeting (NC051), minutes from RASC National meetings NC042, NC043, NC044), email from Troy Hudson-Columbia Valley Astronomers

4. Committee reports
Youth day activities:
8 parents and about 14 children attended the two Youth Day sessions on Feb 4th

5. Old Business

  • Gaming grant status: No new developments
  • Noise Reduction in Classroom
  • Maurice distributed several wall panel information sheets. A consensus was reached to glue felt material to the bottom of the chair legs. The ultimate goal is to replace the plastic chairs.

6. New Business

  • Donna Ascah’s sketched suggestions to redecorate the classroom were circulated and discussed.
  • Placing a dark fabric on the ceiling will be the first of several steps to reduce the sound level in the classroom.
  • Two sessions of Youth Day activities will be held on Friday, March 25th during Spring Break.

6. New Business (continued)

  • The 10” Dobsonian telescope can be signed out for member’s use.
  • An Observatory Key workshop (familiarization with all the observatory equipment and operating procedures) will be incorporated into the NOVA workshop curriculum.
  • Gate keys for new members will be available on request.
  • Bob will hunt through his archives for more newspaper articles.
  • Volunteers for March events will be handled through email and the next general meeting.

Coming Events
Feb 10: Church group tour 6:15 pm Glen
Feb 12: Member’s night 7:30 pm Brian
Feb 19: NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Brian
Feb 26 Member’s night 7:30 pm Brian
Mar 2: Guide tour 6:00 pm Brian/Robin
Mar 5: Recreation Market 9:30 am-6:00 pm at Pine Centre – NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Brian
Mar 6: Recreation Market Noon-5:00 pm at Pine Centre
Mar 19: NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Brian

Next general meeting:
Main Talk: Doug-pictures of Australia
Additional topic: Gil-Constellation of the Month

6. Adjournment
Motion to adjourn by: Glen
Seconded by: Brian

Adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

2005-01-26

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

General Meeting Minutes

Date: January 27, 2005
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Brian, Glen, Wayne, Gil
Members Present: Maurice, Robin, Art, John Ascah, John McIntosh, Bob Nelson, Hugh, Annette, Doug, Gerhard, Rod, Jim Toews

Meeting called to order at 7:40 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
November 24, 2004 General meeting minutes
January 12, 2005 Executive meeting minutes
Motion to accept November 24, 2004 General meeting minutes as circulated.
Moved: Gil Seconded: Maurice Carried

2. Treasurer’s Report:
As of January 10, 2005
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Assets $2530.40 Total Assets $96.51
Total Liabilities $0.00 Total Liabilities $0.00
Total Assets/Liabilities $2530.40 Total Assets/Liabilities $96.51

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.
Moved: Gil Seconded: Glen Carried

3. Correspondence
Various RASC Centres newsletters, Terasen bill, Recreation Market notice, TELUS bill

4. Director’s Reports

  • Building Maintenance: Glen reported that the furnace blower motor was repaired, as was the dome leak, and dome skirting. There have been no snow clearing costs to date. There is water in the crawl space, but that is not uncommon for this time of year and the weather conditions. The water supply has been topped up. The holding tank is ½ full. The motion sensor light is defective and will be replaced. Dialup Internet access problems have been resolved.

4. Director’s Reports (continued)

  • Education/Outreach: Robin sent a letter to Kerry Firth, Superintendent of schools, and is awaiting a response to the proposal of offering assistance with the Astronomy portion of the new Pan Canadian Core Curriculum.
  • NOVA program: Brian stated that 19 members have registered, of which12 are new members. The Beginner’s Observing Guide book is now available to the participants.
  • Youth Day: Robin and Wayne continue to prepare for Youth Day being held on Friday February 4th.
  • National Representative: John Ascah reminded us that the (National) RASC AGM will be held in Kelowna from May 20-23 this year. A suggestion was made to car pool.

5. Old Business
TELUS will not be supporting our grant application for funding of the projection screen.

6. New Business

  • Member’s nights will be held on Saturday evenings in February to give NOVA members more frequent access to the club facilities. This however does not exclude any other members from coming out to the observatory.
  • The Spring Recreation Market will be held on Saturday, March 5th from 9:30am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday March 6th from noon – 5:00 pm. The club booth will be located in front of Coles Book Store in the Pine Centre Mall.

7. Upcoming Events
February 4 Youth Day 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Wayne and Robin
February 5 NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Brian
February 10 Church group tour 6:15 pm Glen
February 12 Member’s Night 7:30 pm
February 15 Cub tour 7:00 pm Wayne
February 19 ` NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Brian
February 26 Member’s night 7:30 pm
March 2 Guide tour 7:00 pm Brian
March 5 Recreation Market 9:30 am – 6:00 pm at Pine Centre
March 6 Recreation market Noon – 5:00 pm at Pine Centre

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

8. Presentation
Wayne gave a presentation on image processing using various programs including AIP4WIN.

2005-01-12

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

Executive Meeting Minutes
January 12, 2005

Date: January 12, 2005
Location: 490 Brunswick, St.

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Executives Present: Brian, Robin, Maurice, Wayne, Glen, Bob, John
Members Present: Connie
Guests Present:

Meeting Called to Order at 7:39 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes from November 10, 2004 were circulated
Motion to accept minutes as circulated by: Glen Seconded by: Maurice

2. Treasurer’s Report
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Assets $2151.77 Total Assets $96.51
Total Liabilities $0.00 Total Liabilities $0.00
Total Assets/Liabilities $2151.77 Total Assets/Liabilities $96.51

3. Correspondence
TELUS bill, RBC statement, Property Assessment notice, post card from Doug, cheque from Margaret Mannchen, pass card for the Vanway Recycling Depot and Transfer Station.

4. Committee reports
Education and Public Outreach Committee:
Robin will be contacting the Elementary and Secondary School Curriculum Directors with an offer to assist them with the Astronomy portion of their Science program. Assistance would come in the form of using the Skyways publication in a training seminar for educators and would be held at the observatory.

Observing Committee:
Brian gave a rundown on the New Observers to Visual Astronomy (NOVA) program. To this date, 10 people have registered. The Beginners Observers Guide and AAVSO manual will be included as course material. Spiral bound RASC Visual Observing Log sheets will be available for $5 and laminated Star Charts for $18.

Youth day activities:
Among other activities, Robin and Wayne will be showing part of the Celestial Sphere video and demonstrating how a mini spectroscope displays different wavelengths of light.

5. Old Business

  • Gaming grant status: We are listed on the Gaming Commission’s web site that lists grants that are in progress.
  • TELUS grant status: Information that TELUS will NOT be supporting our grant application was received the day after this meeting.
  • Noise Reduction in Classroom
    Several ideas were ‘bounced’ around on ways to reduce noise in the classroom. Maurice will research different acoustic materials to mitigate the noise problem.

6. New Business

  • John volunteered his wife Donna to see what can be done to improve the decor and ambiance of the classroom.
  • John will be unable to attend the National Council meeting on February 26, 2005 in Toronto. An alternate was requested.
  • Maurice will draft up a mount for the Laser pointer.

Coming Events

Jan 22: NOVA workshop 7:30 pm Observatory
Jan 26: General Meeting 7:30 pm Observatory

Next general meeting:
Main Talk: Wayne – image processing using AIP4WIN

6. Adjournment
Motion to adjourn by: Glen
Seconded by: Brian

Adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

2004-11-24

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

General Meeting Minutes

Date: November 24, 2004
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Gil Self
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Glen, Wayne, Gil
Members Present: Maurice, Robin, Art, Greg, John

Meeting called to order at 7:45 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
October 20, 2004 Annual General meeting minutes
November 10, 2004 Executive meeting minutes
Motion to Accept October 20, 2004 Annual General meeting minutes as circulated.
Moved: Maurice Seconded: Wayne Carried

2. Treasurer’s Report:
As of November 23, 2004
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Income $1622.43 Total Income $96.51
Total Expenses $0.00 Total Expenses $0.00
Total Income/Expenses $1622.43 Total Income/Expenses $96.51
Total Net Worth $1622.43 Total Net Worth $96.51

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.
Moved: Gil Seconded: Glen Carried

3. Correspondence
Various RASC Centres newsletters, GST rebate cheque, GST application form, and Terasen bill.

4. Old Business
TELUS grant application has been submitted.
Gaming grant has been submitted.
Sky and Telescope subscriptions have been sent in.

5. New Business
Wayne and Robin have been preparing for the upcoming Youth Day activities to be held on Friday November 26th. Response to date has 8 participants for the morning session and 11 for the afternoon session.

6. Upcoming Events
November 26 Youth Day 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Wayne and Robin
November 26 Guide/Brownie tour 7:30 pm Gil and Wayne
December 8 Christmas Pot Luck dinner at the Observatory. 6:30 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

7. Presentation
Greg gave a lecture entitled Gyroscope Precession and General Relativity.

January presentation:
CCD processing by Wayne

2004-11-10 Educational Environment Report

Structuring an Educational Environment at the RASC Prince George Centre by Robin Riordan

All the preliminary work for establishing a viable education centre at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Prince George Centre, has been accomplished. That is to say, the physical plant is established in the form of an observatory, and a classroom. Now we can embark on the tasks needed to fulfill our mission statement, “We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and science in Prince George and the neighboring northern Canadian communities.”

Public Presentations March-June 16 Presentations
August-November 16 Presentations

This represents 32 presentations. I would suggest that we have 8 programs developed for the coming 2005 – 2006 year. We could offer one program for the four weeks in a month. Then move to the next program. Or, alternatively, offer one program on one day only per month. All other Fridays could be reserved for public schools, community groups, and UNBC. The one thing that is critical is that the public be made aware of a program being offered in addition to just seeing the telescope. There are always casual visitors and they are always welcome to view. We may want to adopt a two programs per week approach, one program targeting adults and another focusing on children.
It appears that we will be seeing about six professional development days per year: October, November, January, February, March, and May. Materials and activities must be developed and maintained for these. Wayne and I plan to offer two sessions this month rather than the one offered in October. During the October PD Day, we had a full house.

The Brownies came in search of their Black Star merit badges this month. As it turns out the Girl Guides council uses the criteria outlined by the Canadian Astronomical Society. I have copied these criteria and recommend that we develop programs specifically designed to target these criteria.

The visits by the Vanderhoof school system are a real plus. I only hope that in the future we can get some communication with the teacher about how they feel we can best help them achieve their curriculum goals. And I would hope that this program could expand to communities other that Vanderhoof. This should not represent any additional development since we have a provincial wide curriculum. We might consider sending a questionnaire to area teachers asking how we can help them implement their new curriculum. Another possibility would be to visit area schools during a faculty and make a brief presentation about what we are and what we might be able to do for them. Questionnaires could be passed out at this time and collected later.

The final draft of the British Columbia Curriculum will be ready by the end of the month. This document will allow us to develop programs that target concepts that are being covered by a particular age group.

I have ordered educational catalogs from Canada and the U.S. They will be arriving at the observatory shortly. I have also subscribed to several newsletters the will come to Tedford. Please feel free to open these and read. They are addressed to me simply because the forms require a name. We can all have fun with the catalogs of educational equipment. We need to purchase educational materials. And I don’t mean new $200 eyepieces 🙂 (although I would really like a filar micrometer nah).

At some point we are probably going to want to go to the funding well. In preparation for this we need to keep good record on attendance, and who is served. We should also develop an aboriginal component to our programming. In fact, I am working on that already. We can start by looking into an application for funds from the Canadian Space Agency. Their grants range from $100 to $5,000. I can think of two immediate funding needs: money for duplication of materials to be distributed to area science teachers, and money for transportation for school children to the observatory. These are not glamorous grants but they are essential.

I would recommend that we begin to consider partnership schemes. A simple exemplar might be:

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Finally, we need to begin to think of how to evaluate our effectiveness. Whether a granting agency is involved or not we need an evaluation mechanism in place to help us see what we are doing right and what could use some improvement.

Along these lines I recommend that we develop a questionnaire that we could send to the scout leader, and teachers who bring groups to the observatory. The questionnaire should contain specific items as well as some open-ended questions.

This is just food for thought. The real formulation and decision making is going to have to be done by committee. Empowerment is the key. Often, those who do not participate do not choose to remain outside; they simply feel ‘uninvited’. We really need teachers, like Wayne. I will be contacting teachers and principals in the local schools and see what I can stir up. And I am sure that among our membership there are some who would love to do some teaching. We also really need to identify someone who is interested in space science. It really appears that Canada is going in this direction and we are a perfect venue for providing students with exposure to space and science. I must admit that I will have to begin training myself in the area of space exploration. I would urge all of us to spend some time in that area.

2004-11-10

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

Executive Meeting Minutes
November 10, 2004

Date: November 10, 2004
Location: #30-1839 1st Ave.

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Executives Present: Gil, Brian, Glen, Robin, Wayne, Maurice, John, Greg, Doug, Jim
Members Present: Rod
Guests Present:

Time Meeting Called to Order at 7:42 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Meeting minutes from October 6, 2004 were circulated
Motion to accept minutes as circulated by: Gil Seconded by: Wayne

2. Treasurer’s Report
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Assets $1390.95 Total Assets $96.51
Total Liabilities $0.0 Total Liabilities $0.0
Total assets/Liabilities $1390.95 Total Assets/Liabilities $96.51

3. Correspondence
Leisure Services, CCRA Charity Return, TELUS bill, various education kits

4. Committee reports
Grant Application Committee:
With the exception of a void cheque, the gaming grant is now ready for submission.
Gil will submit an online request to TELUS for funding to cover the cost of a new projection screen.

National Representative Report:
John will be in Toronto on November 26th and will drop in on the RASC folk.
John is working on an article detailing the history of the club for submission in the Journal.

Outreach and Education Committee Report:
Refer to the attachment for Robin’s report.

Observing/Tours Committee Report:
No tours are currently booked.

5. New Business

  • Robin and John were issued building and gate keys.
  • Sarrin Mueller is our newest member. Current membership as of 2004/11/03 stands at 42.
  • The RASC manual was handed out to the new executive.

5. New business (continued)

  • There was a lengthy discussion on the vision and future path of the club. Outreach and Education will be the focus, but small steps will be taken with an opportunity for feedback from participants in the form of a survey. Our efforts can then be evaluated and improvements made where required.

6. Upcoming Events
Nov 16: Leonid meteor shower 8:00 pm Observatory
Nov 24: General Meeting 7:30 pm Observatory
Dec 8: Pot Luck Christmas dinner 6:30 pm Observatory

Open Houses every Friday to the end of November
Member’s Nights every Saturday to the end of November

Next General meeting:
Main talk: Greg – ‘Gyroscope Precession and General Relativity’

6. Adjournment
Motion to adjourn by: Glen
Seconded by: Brian

Adjourned at 10:00 p.m.