Members Absent: Ed Heiney, and Greg Miller. Guests: Denise Beachler and BiBoard members in attendance: Jann Hall, Ken Alderson, Don Spain, Bo Lowrey, Randall Beachler, Jeff McCaffrey, Troy Atwood
Board members absent: Greg Miller, Karl Schmidt, Ed Heiney, Clark Barton and Mike Sellers
Guests: John Turack, Galen Lowrey and Denise Beachler
Jann called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
Reading of minutes (Jann) Approved as Read.
Treasurer’s Report (Jeff) Current Balance $12,315.46 includes
Water – $26.01/mt., Electric – $50.00/mt., Monthly Sundries (postage, newsletter, publications, Astro Wear, Equip., projector, Curby & UAC Repairs & Maintenance, Insurance (Annually), UAC Rent (Annually) Clean-up &Set-Up, etc.) – $3,000
Membership 2006-2007 115 paid, 20 honorary, 6 Lifetime 141 Total / We will not rejoin the Astronomical League.
Sidewalk Astronomy Report (Bo)
August 3 & 4 – River of Stars Weekend – Friday at 7:00 pm
Aug. 4 – Boy Scout event in Brandenburg, 200 attendees expected; Pat Peak and Lacey Thomas
August 10 – Conglomeration Star Gaze – Friday at 11:00 pm; Katrina Butcher, Sci-Fi buffs group 10 – over 100 people in costumes, Clarion Hotel on Hurstbourne.
August 11 – Members Night – Saturday at 8:30 pm – Perseid Meteor Watch – Ken made a motion to hold a public event at Curby, seconded by Randy. Motion Passed unanimously.
August 17 – UAC Public event
August 18 – Public Observation at Curby – Saturday at 8:30 pm
August 20 – Camp Cedar Ridge – team building event, we will get $100 up to 30 people.
August 21 – Louisville Nature Center – Tuesday at 8:30 pm
August 24 – Home School Group – 8:30 PM, wants us to come to Pekin, IN; may suggest Aug. 18th, believes in the 6,000 year old universe.
August 28 – Eclipse watch at E. P. Tom Sawyer – 4 PM
September 8 – LAS Picnic at Curby Saturday at 6:00 pm / Members Night at 8 PM
September 27 – October 1 – John Dobson Visit to Louisville – Agenda?
The Board approved a $50 sign saying to not go to the back field – Members Only.
Lunar and Planetary report (Don) The LAS Lunar Landings Star Party at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Friday night July 20 was a great success thanks to the publicity from Ken Neuhauser and Jim Bulleit from WLKY TV. It was worth getting up at 3:30 AM to go on air at 5:00 AM! We had 15 scopes and over 200 visitors. We had over 100 hikers so we had to divide the crowd into thirds with Tessa Edelen, the park naturalist as one guide, and me and Bo Lowery taking the other groups. We began with a lecture on the evening’s activities in front of the gym. There were three stations along the fitness trail to the observing field with Anthony Minstein on binoculars, Jane and John Liello with a 60mm Nexstar and Galen Lowery showing moon views through a 6″ Dob. The observing field was busy all night. Don Spain had a crowd of 70 at his scope and our crowd estimate for the night was 200+. Troy Atwood stayed at the computer all night repeating the Lunar Landing Sites show. Jann Hall acted as hostess. We brought in over $200 in chances for the 114MM scope donated by Troy. Our guests were flown to the moon to stand where the astronauts stood on July 20, 1969, followed by going to Jupiter. After every show, there was applause and a lot of thank yous. Don Spain and Troy showed the landing sites for Apollo 11, 16, and 17 then our visitors went out into the field to view these sites through member scopes. Those helping in the field were Randy Beachler, Jay Clark, Don Spain, Rick Whitworth, J.R. Dietrich, Mike Moraghan, Jeff McCaffrey, Susan Radtke, Anthony Minstein, Bo and Galen Lowrey, Don Spain, Bob Crews, Ed Heiny, Greg Miller, Charles O’Hearn and David Thompson. That’s one giant star party for the LAS, the Urban Astronomy Center and E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park! Thanks, Tessa, Jim Bulleit, Ken Neuhauser and all the volunteers who made it possible. By our estimates, our first four star parties have brought 500 guests to the UAC. For August Don has a handout for the total lunar eclipse, starts at 4:00 am, wants people to enter a photo. Jupiter high in the south on the 17th, the UAC is open and Don will send a notice of what will be visible.
Librarians (Greg) New to us bookshelves have been moved and the books are ready to be moved. We will give away not current magazines.
Historian (Karl) Ken heard from a lady that the original Clark was in and will send out more info as he receives it.
Equipment Committee (Ed/Troy/John) We got the great orange crush 12” cast aluminum scope dissembled, and Troy & John cleaned the mirror; it needs to be recoated, same for the 6” finder and needs to be adjusted (both primary and secondary).The mirror coating will be less than $300 at Spectrum. Troy made a motion to get the 12” mirror recoated, seconded by Greg. Motion passed unanimously. Ed will send the mirrors. 12” Meade is back and going to Curby tonight and they will bring back the 8”. We still have a few scopes to sell. Mike Monahan finished the Foucault tester and it is working. Ed suggests we sell the observatory for $3,000.
Technology Committee (Troy) Rangers office has internet access, we will see if we can share. Troy will work with Ranger Dave and Chris Head to inquire about sharing. We still need another projector for programs.
Curby Update (Ken) Building wise we are looking at $12,000 – $15,000 with electricity & plumbing. Metal built – 24 W X 36 D X 10 H and insulated for $8,500, $5,000 Building kit, $3,000 assembly. Ken will work with an architect. Ken thinks it will be $11,500 plus electricity, plumbing and foundation. Ken suggests we hold off until spring and work on the design, 3 – 5 weeks to complete the building is what the architect originally thinks.
UAC Update (John) Pat Peak has donated items for the UAC; a partial list includes a sofa, rocker, computer desk, desk lamps, file cabinet, storage boxes, office chair, book shelf, storage cabinet and computer speakers to name a few. These items were picked up by John Turack, Drew Foster, Jim Lindle, Jann Hall and Ed Heiny. Starry Night needs to be purchased for the UAC.
UAC Security (John) Lights have been turned off and John & Troy have been talking with Ranger Dave about security lighting at the center. We can get lights for security at Home Depot with down lighting. Ken will call Chris about lights in the area, John & Ken will meet with Chris.
Gaming License Update (Ken/Jeff) Ken will contact the Chairman of the Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus, Tom Houchen, and Chairman.
Yahoo Group (Troy) There is a new e-mail group and Troy has set this up; he is working with Mike Sellers, John Turack.
John Dobson Visit (Ken) John will be hosted by Roger Curry and Dee Ozvath while in Louisville; Lunar Moon is at 1st quarter. He is here from September 23 through September 28th; the public events begin on Tuesday, the 24th and end on Bardstown Road, with a Mile of scopes, on Saturday, the 28th. Lacey Thomas will pick him up and take him to the Land between the Lakes.
MISC (All) Tabled for September – discussion of revision of our current By-Laws to include on-line protocol.
Our picnic will be moved to sometime in September, perhaps Member Night.
We need to look into packets for New Members, Jeff sends out a one page Welcome Letter.
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM
Jann Hall, Secretary – 222-7740 H/852-5699 W