The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by President Joyce Lynch. Additionally present were: Tim Brown, VP; Mark Lyon, Treasurer; Dawn Davies, Outreach; Jim Linn, Member Services; Lauren Rogers, Secretary; Vic Ellisor and Mike Krzywonski, Members at Large; Darren Spohn, Equipment; Jack Estes, ALCOR; Steve Bosbach, IDA. A quorum was present.
Motion made to approve last EC meeting’s minutes made by Mike Krzywonski, seconded by Mark Lyon.
Treasurer – Everything is going well; we currently have around $30,000.
VP: Dr. Olson (moon and the Titanic) and John Huntsberger (The Electric Universe) are our next couple of programs. Jim S. will be putting together something on astrophotography for April.
Dawn for Communications – Forums are up online, including forms for AUTS. Things are still in the works with Casey for a possible newsletter. New website layout looks great.
Equipment – Vent on the storage shed at COE needs to be replaced. We need to get the membership to approve the purchase of the solar scope this week if we wish to have the scope by AUTS. We’ve made about $5000 so far, and have probably about $1000 left in sales yet to come up. Vic will speak at the meeting on Friday and make the motion to spend the money.
Member Services – No practical astronomy this month. Nothing to report otherwise. Terry is willing to help anyone set up a presentation to give. Perhaps we could ask the membership what they would be interested in learning about. We would also like to get the dam star parties going again and look at getting some workshops set up for AUTS (astrophotography, collimation, light pollution).
Outreach – Upcoming events: February 11th at Blanco State Park. 13th at Pflugerville MS, 15th at Lamar MS, Wild Basin on the 17th, Members Only the 18th and Public night at COE the 25th. March events: 1st at Barton Hills Elem, March 3rd is the ISS flash, AUTS is set for March 10th, Westbank Library the 16th, Members only the 17th, Lockhart State Park the 23rd, Public night at COE the 24th, Wild Basin the 30th, and Earth Hour the 31st. We’re still looking to get a PDF online for star party requests.
IDA – We have a couple contacts (one local in Dripping Springs/Driftwood for ordinances and another interested in working with the legislature) we are working with. Right now we are focusing on light pollution education.
Nominating committee: Michelle Harvey, Ana Chandler, Laura Hitt
Flash the ISS: March 3rd is the current plan, 7:30pm, about 10 miles south of Blanco.
COE: We are going into a contract with Caliber, but we don’t have anything further yet from them. There is a partners meeting coming up on Thursday. At the present tie, LCRA is paying for electricity, but they don’t want to do that anymore. LCRA wishes to just be the landowner.
New business – none
Agenda for 1/13/12: Solar scope, Presentation of Jack’s Master Observer Certificate, Nominating committee pitch (elections in April, new officers take office in June), ISS flash
Next EC meeting 3/5/12
Adjourned at 8:00 p.m.