CAAS Monthly Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Donna Bradberry

March 9, 2002

The meeting was called to order by John Reed, President. There were 14 members present and five guests. David Reynolds showed a short film of a 1902 science fiction movie about a trip to the moon. Pat & Sandy Morris talked about the Feb 23rd Mabelvale Boy Scouts merit badge observing program held at the observatory. The Scouts were very appreciative and they said that a certificate to the club would be sent. It was noted that a meteor shower was the “spark” that got the troop interested in astronomy. A NLR group will be coming to the observatory on March 21st for an observing session. Volunteers are needed. March 23rd is the date for the Pinnacle Mountain Star Party. The 4-H group wants to reschedule their rained-out observing session on April 19th at their facility. This year’s Messier Marathon will be held on Saturday, March 16th. Chris Lasley has posted several e-mails inviting the club members to join the Nashville, AR. Red River Astronomy Club (RRAC) in their fundraising efforts at their site in conjunction with the Messier Marathon. A hamburger dinner with trimmings will be available for $6. More detailed info and directions to the RRAC site are posted on the club’s web site for this event. The River Ridge Observatory will be open (weather permitting) for those members who will not be going to the RRAC fund-raiser. April 20th is National Astronomy Day and events are planned at the Pinnacle Mountain Visitors Center from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Chris Lasley, Treasurer, gave the financial report. The club property has been reassessed and fees have been increased to $170 per year. CAAS is a nonprofit organization. Tax benefits may be claimed in some cases. Members are urged to contact their tax advisors about deductions. It was noted that some members are not receiving the Reflector magazine that is sent out by the AL.
An updated list will be sent to the League to bring the subscription
to date. July 31st is the scheduled date for the National convention to be held in Salt Lake City. Contact John Reed if you are interested in attending. The Mid-States Regional Astronomical League convention will be held in Siloam Springs, AR., June 7-9.