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CEA April 2015 Meeting

21 April, 2015 (12:51) | Meeting Minutes, Uncategorized | By: sdsiedentop

The April meeting conveyed at 5:00 PM EDT at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Thirty-four members and guests were in attendance.  Steve Siedentop, Chapter Director, opened the meeting and announced the Board is proposing changes to the clubs By-laws as follows:
□ Clarify the roles of Club elected Officers.
□ Adding a new position to oversee the clubs Facilities and equipment.
□ Adoption of an annual operating planning process and budget.
□ Overhaul of the chapters Outreach program to better balance our commitments with volunteer capacity to support.

Steve invited all members to get involved and propose changes to the by-laws for consideration by the board.  Proposed By-laws will be finalized and communicated to chapter membership within the next 2 weeks for consideration. The new by-laws will be submitted for membership approval at the May club meeting.

Steve also reminded attendees that annual officer elections will occur at the May meeting and asked for nominations to be submitted to Steve. He also announced the existing officers have volunteered to serve another year.  Steve then reminded attendees that CE officials have elected to install a locked gate at the entrance to the observing field. The code to the lock will be provided to all paying members.  Lastly, Steve reminded that it is time to renew dues and urged all members to do so as soon as possible. An updated membership roster will be placed on the clubs web site before the May meeting.

John Towne, Observing Supervisor, delivered the ‘What’s Up’ presentation featuring the Constellation Virgo. John’s image of the Pleiades was featured as our image of the month. Johns presentation is available on the clubs website.

Up next was Jack Fitzmier, Chapter Astronomy League coordinator who presented AL observing awards to:
Dan Thoman – Basic Level Outreach
David Whalen – Basic and Stellar Level Outreach
Marie Lott – Binocular Messier Program
Congrats to all for their accomplishments and hard work!

The meetings keynote speaker was club member Tim Geib who delivered an informative and wide ranging talk on astrophotography including discussion of equipment, data collection (taking pictures) and post processing techniques to extract all the detail possible from the final image. His presentation is on the clubs website.
Unfortunately, our string of cloudy nights and bad weather precluded observing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.
The next meeting will take place on May 16th at 6:30 pm.

The April meeting conveyed at 5:00 PM EDT at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Thirty-four members and guests were in attendance.