Minutes from the November 2006 Regular Meeting

Meeting Minutes President Stacy Edwards called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. There were approximately 25 members and visitors in attendance.

Old Business:

Stacy thanked Andy Reed for his donation of a new projector. She then thanked Allen Lee for his proposed gift of a storage building as covered in the minutes from the previous board meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:

Pat Morris gave the treasurer’s report.

New Business:

Carver Magnet Middle School is coming to CAAS on November 14 and 21 for a private star party. They will arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 so CAAS members who wish to help need to be there before then.

On November 18, CAAS will have a “Meteors and Marshmallows” event at the CAAS property to watch the Leonid Meteor shower.

On December 1, the Arkansas/Oklahoma Astronomical Society will be hosting a Christmas dinner. For more information, visit their site at www.aoas.org.

John Reed has volunteered his home to host our Annual Meeting and Potluck on December 9 at 7:00 PM. Thank you, John.

It is time for nominations once again. Your Nominating Committee has worked tirelessly to find someone (some would say anyone) who would be able to serve in 2007. Thankfully, we were able to put together a first rate roster for officers and board members. They are as follows:

  • President – Rocky Togni.
  • Vice-President – Bullwinkle Ferren (aka Don).
  • Treasurer – Pat Morris (thank you once again for taking this job Pat).
  • Secretary – Stacy Edwards.
  • Board members – Don Lewis, John Reed, Carl Freyaldenhoven, and Jim Dixon.

There were no other nominations from the floor. If there are none before the Annual Meeting then the candidates above will be elected automatically.

Don Lewis handed out finder charts for Comet Swan.

There was no presentation this evening so that we could go out and play.

We adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Submitted by Jim Dixon

November 2006 Board Meeting

President Stacy Edwards called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

Old Business:

Stacy recapped that at the last business meeting we decided on a lease agreement and modest fee for observatory use and also installing a security gate in the front building to separate the telescope storage area from the bathroom area.

New Business:

Allen Lee has offered to donate money toward the purchase of a new storage building to house our tools, lawn mower, and gasoline away from the East Observatory. He has done some research and found acceptable steel buildings and a model from Rubbermaid. The steel building would require a foundation of some sort so there would be cost after the initial purchase while the Rubbermaid has its own foundation and should set up quickly.

Stacy brought up the idea of adding a PayPal link to the website for dues payment and, hopefully, spontaneous donation. We discussed the pros and cons – hopefully members would be quicker to pay their dues versus the fees incurred. David Reynolds mentioned that Amazon has a similar service and that we might add a link to that as well. He also had the idea of adding book suggestions to the site. If, for example, we recommend a book and a web site visitor makes the purchase through our link then we will make a modest commission.

No immediate decisions were made on the two topics above but it decided to do some research and then have the board vote on them outside of an official meeting. Both need to be decided on before the end of the year.

A proposal was made to make the CAAS property non-smoking and this was passed. Someone will purchase and post some signs.

Wade Van Arsdale asked about leasing the East Observatory. He is willing to give a 30 day notice to let someone else step forward if they would like it first. He is considering building a platform around the pier to make the building more practical for scopes other than long refractors.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50.

Submitted by Jim Dixon.

CAAS Monthly Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Jim Dixon

August 9, 2003


Don Lewis called the August 9th meeting to order at 7:00. There were 13 members and guests present. Former member Steve Block joined us.

Old business:

  • Earlier in the day, a work pary consiting of Kyle & Preston Edwards, Robert L. Baker, and Don Lewis mowed and weed-ate the grounds.
  • The July 26th Wooly Hollow Star Party was considered a success. A large number of members attended and a larger number of vistors.

New Business:

  • On August 30th, there will be a star party will be held at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. As this is just days after Mars’ closest approach, that may translate into a large turnout.
  • Changes to the East Observatory were discussed. The plans discussed earlier in the year turned out to be more expensive than expected. We discussed placing the 8″ Meade on the tall pier and then building a smaller elevated deck around the pier. Regardless of what we decide to do, a certain amount of repair needs to be made to that building or we could lose it.

The sky was mostly clear although the gibbousl Moon was up and the attendees retired to the observing area to see what they could see.