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The March 2017
President's Message


  After 7 years and 74 newsletters, editor Hugh Pett has decided that the format of the RASC-OC Newsletter “Focus” is need of re-focusing. Publication of Focus is on hold until member input is received as to the desired direction for the monthly newsletter.
Some questions are:
  What is the role of a local monthly member newsletter? With the prominence of the internet with up to the minute information, what should a RASC Okanagan Centre monthly newsletter offer?
  What columns or information would you like to see the monthly newsletter include? Please remember that Hugh is the Editor and not the creator of all the news articles. Would you be willing to contribute to Focus on a regular basis about a topic of interest to you?
  Some ideas include: interviews with members, reports on local astronomy news and committee involvement in local projects and the History of RASC-OC.
  Or, perhaps the idea of the monthly newsletter has run its course? Please let Hugh know your thoughts and ideas – any - positive or negative! Silence gives no information but suggests member indifference. Come on! Show us you have a voice—or, at least an email address.
  Contact: Hugh Pett hughirenep@gmail.com

David Hawkins, RASC-OC President 2017
Contact: david-hawkins@shaw.ca


Okanagan Observatory Overnight (OOO)

  The details are in the works for a member group observing night on Saturday September 16th, 2017 (moved to September 23rd if weather does not cooperate). Last year Vernon members had a very successful overnight observing session and the OOO is an extension of that. This year we are looking to have members from all three Okanagan groups involved. Details to follow.
  Members involved so far include: Roman Dusil (Vernon), Guy Mackie (Kelowna) and David Hawkins (Kelowna).

Okanagan Observatory Meeting

  There will be a meeting of the OO Committee on Sunday March 26th at 1:00pm at the Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Ave, Kelowna. All members are welcome to attend and become involved. Contact: guy.m@shaw.ca

RASC-OC Annual Gala

  Jim Failes to host the 2017 Dinner! We are very pleased to have Jim F. host this year’s event. Thank you!!
  Auction: Guy Mackie has again agreed to be the Gala Auction coordinator. We are looking for items or services for the auction.
  Do you have friends or family in business? Having them donate an item or gift of a service not only benefits our organization but also their business. It is advertising for them with the benefit of supporting a non-profit charity (ours). Just ask them, it doesn’t hurt!
Contact: guy.m@shaw.ca
  The annual speaker and dinner meeting will be on Saturday June 10th at the Kelowna Curling Club. Our guest speaker will be Richard Christie and he will be presenting “Archaeoastronomy – A Personal Fascination”.
  Tickets will be available for sale at all three March Member Meetings.
Only $40 for a dinner, social evening and an interesting presentation. A deal - and no price increase either! Colleen oversees ticket sales. Please bring cash to your next meeting to purchase your tickets (or cheque). NOTE: Only a limited number of tickets are available.

David Hawkins
Chair, 2017 Gala Committee
Contact: david-hawkins@shaw.ca

  Still not new – but, just in case you are wondering—yes, that Telescope Equipment Manager position is still available!


Thursday March 16, 2017
- 7:15pm. Okanagan College Penticton Campus
- Room CO2 SunOka Building
- COTM: Colleen O’Hare “Messier Marathons”
- Dave Whalley “Travel and Astronomy”

Tuesday March, 2017
- 7:30pm. Okanagan College KLO Campus
- Room C-368
- COTM: Colleen O’Hare “Starry Nights”
- Main: Destanne Norris “Experiences as a Guest Artist at the 2016 Jasper Dark Sky Festival”

Wednesday March 29, 2017
- 6:30pm. Novice Pre-Meeting
- Jerry Thompson “Tips for Finding Your Way Amongst the Constellations”
- 7:15pm. Meeting. Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon (Heritage Hall)
- Speaker: Ryan Ransom “NASA’s Gravity Probe B Space Experiment” and Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity
  Please see the RASC-OC website for meeting updates and further details. www.ocrasc.ca/meetings.html

  The club website is updated with a view to providing everything you ever wanted to know about RASC-OC. As well as Outreach and many other club activity pages, the What's Up page provides heads up notes of what is in the sky nights. The About Us page links to the club Library and other services. The website is also a portal to many links including our Zenfolio Image Gallery.

Shawn Berglund: “Jupiter and the Red Storm”
Congratulations Shawn!
  You can find this picture along with many other member’s astronomical photos in the Zenfolio section at: http://www.ocrasc.ca/image_gallery.html
  If you have a picture that you would like considered for Picture of the Month be sure to upload to your Zenfolio Gallery and then alert Zenfolio moderator Dave Gamble at trailspublishing@telus.net so it will be in the running.

– by Jim Kanester
  These challenges give some direction to our observing and a good reason to get outside in the cold night air and peer through breaks in the ever-present winter valley clouds.
Find out more details of the Challenges at our website: www.ocrasc.ca . Then click on link to Observing (left hand column) and then go to Observing Challenges.
MARCH 2017: Our Moon
  Additional details about this Observing Challenge are available on our web site.
Good luck finding Linne.

  Friday public viewings nights will re-start this spring. The opening date is dependent on the depth of snow and other weather/viewing conditions at the OO site.
RASC-OC Members may use the observatory site at any time they choose. However, members must advise one of the security team before proceeding to the observatory so alarms can be turned off in advance.

  Another great reason to join in!
  The Google Discussion Group is a real-time link between members of our OC RASC meeting groups. A message might give you a heads-up on a new celestial phenomenon, an alert about an Outreach event you could take part in or other timely news.
Contact: Guy Mackie guy.m@shaw.ca

- 2017 Budget and Balance Sheet: see pdf files sent by email with this Message
  Developed by the Finance Committee and lead by Dennis Krause, our treasurer.
  The Budget was approved by the RASC Directors and by the unanimous vote of the attending general membership in Kelowna on February 21, 2017.

- January 2017: see ‘Minutes’ Page


Hey---how many members read this far?

David Hawkins david-hawkins@shaw.ca