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Minutes of the regular monthly meeting
held in Kelowna on March 21, 2017

Secretary - Olaf Lutz

Minutes of the regular monthly meeting, held March 21,2017 in Kelowna at Okanagan College, room C-368.
Attended by 19 members, 4 guests
Call to Order 7:30 PM

Main Presentation, Destanne Norris, “Experience as a Guest Artist at the 2016 Japser Dark Sky Festival”. A talk of her journey through art and life and on to the stars.
Break, Thank-you to Lynn H and Marilyn K for coffee and David H for cookies.
Next month, Lynn and Marilyn-coffee, Olaf-cookies
COTM, Colleen O’Hare – Introduced video ‘Starry Nights’ by Charles Ennis
Dave Gamble awarded the ‘RASC Astroimager - Deep Sky’ Certificate
Presented to him by Jerry Thompson, Vernon VP
Motion by Dennis Krause to adopt the minutes of the previous meeting.
Seconded by Jim Tisdale
Adopted unanimously.
Observing Reports:
Jim Tisdale, observed Mercury and Venus from his deck.
Officers Reports:
President David H: $40 Gala tickets are now available
Penticton VP Angela S, Penticton May 18th meeting moved to May 25th to avoid conflict with Meadowlark Festival.
Vernon VP Jerry T, thanked council for approving the Analemma project
Treasurer’s Report Dennis K, Club / General $6,317.93
Observatory $21,585.77 ($19,738 in reserved/restricted funds)
Gaming $6,894.24
Financial Report to National has been submitted
National Rep Richard C, Comments for Strategic Plan were submitted and well received
Remote telescope project was discussed
Being able to pay for more than one year’s fee was discussed, current software may not allow this
National Council meeting was postponed for 1 month
Librarian Colleen O, brought several ‘visual astronomy’ books
Observatory Director Guy M: Ecological survey report sent in today
Silent Auction items for gala should be pursued
The next Okanagan Observatory Committee meeting will be held on
March 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM, at the Kelowna Curling Club.
Focus Hugh P, only 4 people contacted him about new look for Focus
Webmaster Dave G, corrections and updates are always welcome
Kelowna: A reminder of monthly visits to the Cancer Rotary Lodge. Telescopes will be needed for April 6 visit to Canadian Mental Health Assoc.
Eclipse glasses are now available
Thanks to Hugh Pett who donated a new screen to RASC-OC
Vernon: some April events are scheduled
Membership David H, 131 members, up 7 from same time last year
Special Committees:
LPAC Jim T, Kelowna is progressing as planned, are planning for at least some of the new lights to be in place by this fall.
Gala Committee, David H, please help Guy with Silent Auction items
Meeting Adjourned: 9:25 PM