Richmond Astronomical Society

November Meeting Minutes

Mar 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Meetings

Richmond Astronomical Society

734th Consecutive Meeting

November 9, 2010


Jim Browder called our meeting to order in the Eureka room.

Greeting & Announcements – approximately 35 in attendance at the meeting.

  • Dues are due:  Annual dues are $30 per year with additional options available if you want to operate the observatory or subscribe to Sky and Telescope or Astronomy magazine at a discount.  Please pay by check to Jim Blowers or by PayPal on the RAS web site at
  • Name tags:  Please contact Jim Blowers ( if you want an RAS name tag.
  • Contact Jim Blowers to update your email address if it has changed.
  • Check out Jey Jeyasankar’s images and video from his recent trip to Mauna Kea on the web site.


November’s Presentation: Rich Conti, Director and CEO of the Science Museum of Virginia, spoke on the future direction of the Science Museum.

Break – –

Election of 2011 Board of Directors

The nominees for the 2011 RAS Board of Directors were elected:

John Barnett, Jim Blowers, Jim Browder, Gary Cowardin, Chris McCann, David Medici, Jeff Pike, Cal Pletcher, Prashant Reddy, Dave Walton, Betty Wilson, Ken Wilson.

Share table:

  • Several members had photos on display.


Past Events:

  • Science Museum skywatch / outreach events : successful; Outreach events are being scheduled and are on our RAS calendar. (See upcoming events.)
  • Science Museum skywatch / outreach events
  • East Coast Star Party and Fall Star Party at Camp and individual observing


Upcoming Events:


Observatory Report :

Randy Tatum will be our acting Observatory Director while John Barnett is ill.

Library Report: none

Short talk  –  ”Mid-Atlantic Star Party” by John Raymond



The next RAS meeting will be Tuesday, December 14th at the SMV.  This is the annual ‘eating’ party.  Please bring a dish for all to enjoy.

The next board meeting will be Monday, November 15th at Extra Billy’s at 7:00 PM (arrive earlier for dinner). Meeting is open to all members.

Check out the web site at

Virginia Skylines: Be sure to check out the latest version of Virginia Skylines on our web site.  Virginia Skylines is a weekly podcast written by Leslie Bochenski, astronomy educator with the Science Museum and Thomas Jefferson High School.

RAS Café Press store.  Please take a look at the online store where you can purchase items embossed with the RAS label. The site can be found at .

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