The meeting was called to order at 8:12 p.m. by President Dawn Davies. Additionally present were: Ron Carman, VP; Mark Lyon, Treasurer; David Lynch, secretary; Mike Krzywonski and Terry Philips, members at large; Jim Linn, member services chair; Joyce Lynch, outreach chair; Darin Koch, equipment chair; Jim Spigelmire, communications chair; Lauren Gonzalez, ALCOR; Steve Bosbach, IDA representative; Cass Brown & Wilson Gonzalez, members.
Vice President: Programs are set for August, September, and November. December meeting will be held at Wild Basin. He will check with UT about continuing to use their room for 2014.
Secretary: No report.
Treasurer: 56 renewals since August 1. 11 memberships were started on the web site but not completed, 10 are student memberships; Mark will contact those 10.
Communications: No report.
Outreach: Public star party 8/10 at CoE, 8:15-11:15. A new member offered to help with young astronomer activities for kids before the party.
Equipment: Internet is still out at the observatory. We are looking to replace the existing oil-based lubrication on the declination collar on the Harlan Smith telescope with Teflon.
Member services: Edward Plummer will be conducting practical astronomy on imaging on 8/9. Dam Astronomers meet first Friday of each month. Great skies but only about 12 scopes out at the members-only night on 8/3. New members have asked for additional information about the dam star parties; can we link to information about the star parties from the calendar? On members-only nights, some people are buying memberships for the purposes of coming out just for the night; we need to find a way for those new members to be aware of the rules and protocols of the observatory and members-only nights.
IDA: IDA and Texas Parks & Wildlife have entered into an agreement to work together on lighting at state parks. Enchanted Rock and Lost Maples will be getting funding to meet IDA dark sky certifications.
COE Subcommittee: Draft agreement still incomplete; no hurry from Calibre.
Internet at COE: Given COE’s problems, the treasurer will execute an agreement with Exede for satellite internet. Funding will be included in the budget presented at the 8/9 meeting.
Merchandise: Forms will go on the web site and announcement will be made at the August GA meeting.
Jim Spigelmire moved to create a subcommittee (Jim Linn seconds) to find a dark sky site to serve as a site which is members-only at all times. The motion carried. The consesus of the EC is that public events will remain at CoE for public events for the forseeable future, but members-only star parties will move when/if the new land is purchased.
Next EC Meeting: Darin and Dana Koch’s house, Monday 9/9 at 7:00 PM (moved from Monday 9/2 due to Labor Day).