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7365 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC
V2N 6S2

General Meeting Minutes

Date: March 30, 2005
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Brian, Glen, Wayne, Gil
Members Present: Maurice, Doug, Bob, Effie, Jim Van Doren

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

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Feb 23, 2005 General meeting minutes
March 9, 2005 Executive meeting minutes
Motion to accept February 23, 2005 General meeting minutes as circulated.
Moved: Gil Seconded: Maurice Carried

2. Treasurer’s Report:
As of March 29, 2005
Club Account balance $2853.89 Gaming Account Balance $6995.46

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

3. Correspondence
Two RBC bank statements.

4. Old Business
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. Maintenance and Utility costs can be paid from the Gaming account.

5. New Business

  • Two 4.5″ Starblaster Dobsonian telescopes have arrived and are available for use in the NOVA class, member use and supervised tours. The Solarscope has also been delivered.
  • The Virtual Moon Atlas is now installed on the classroom computer.
  • Bob donated some posters to the club. SpeeDee donated the laminating.
  • Bob brought back a “Hands-On Astrophysics” package from an AAVSO meeting for the club to use. He hopes to get a variable star observing group formed from club members and use the manual for instructing the group.
  • The missing parts for the remote focuser have been located and installed. It is now possible to focus the ST9 via remote control.

6. Upcoming Events
April 9 NOVA class 7:30 pm
April 16 Astronomy Day 2:00 pm – 11 pm

Open Houses
April 1 Gil
April 8 Bob
April 15 Brian
April 22 Wayne
April 29 Maurice
May 6 Maurice
May 13 Wayne
May 20 Gil
May 27 Bob

Member’s Nights
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 Glen

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm

7. Presentation
Doug showed some pictures of his trip to Australia.

March 2005


Photographer: Jeff Sarrazin
Object: Moon
Details: I shot this in the fall of 2002 using an older model Nikon FE SLR coupled to my 10″ LX200 scope. I used Fuji 200 film. The photo has had no alterations.


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.