Monthly Archives: January 2005

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.