Location: Chemistry/Physics Building, MUN
Time: 8:00 pm
Doug noted he was running the meeting in place of Chris Stevenson, who sends his regrets. All the executive members introduced themselves and gave a brief description of what they do. Doug finished with the benefits of membership.
Jupiter is up high and bright, close to the moon. Robert went over all the planets and what they are up to in the coming month.
The Orionids will be tonight and tomorrow morning. We watched them in realtime via http://www.spaceweather.com.
Comet Hartley is visible with a greenish tint. You will need binoculars, or better, a small scope. Maps can be found on our page.
There are some observing sessions temporarily booked for around November 16 (the Leonids are on the 17th). We may also have an Admiralty House session, but not at the peak time (full moon by the weekend). Members should watch for email notifications of any sessions.
Joe provided a sign-up sheet for those wanting to order calendars. They will be $15 each.
The only formal report was provided by Joe English, our treasurer.
Joe provided the financial report for the fiscal year of Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.
We average about 46-48 members per year. As of a couple of days ago we had 34 Regular members, 3 Life (one now deceased), and 1 Associate member.
A $74 membership can be broken down into $47 for National, and $26.65 for our Centre, with a $0.35 processing fee.
Apart from all the usual income and expenses, it should be noted this year we purchased $2 million of Director's Liability Insurance through Volunteer Canada. This cost us $100 for a Volunteer Canada membership, and $448 for the insurance. It should be noted we have general liability for public, sanctioned events through the national organisation, but they do not provide director's insurance.
Doug Grouchy audited our books and noted that all deposit slips, cheque books, and bank statements were in good order.
Glyn George acted as Returning Officer.
Randy Dodge commented on how the slate was created. This does not preclude other people from running. You are welcome to self-nominate if you want to get on the executive.
If people running were not on the prepared slate, the nominators are listed as well.
Any vacancies will be filled as per our constitution.
Garry Dymond hopes to run a NOVA course (New Observers to Visual Astronomy). This is now a national, beginner's astronomy course. This would be run once per month, with observing after the sessions, if possible. We could hold this at the planetarium and use the nearby driving range for observing. The course would be no fee, for members only.
In response to a query from a member, it was noted we have a public meeting, so other groups are welcome.
Gary Snow wondered if we could check with the Geo Centre to have a few meetings. We could have a meeting with a movie in their theatre, for example. It was noted this was discussed by the executive before and that the GeoCentre is interested in hosting us. There could be practical problems of access due to staff limitations and the like. We can look into it.
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