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The September 2016
President's Report



 Welcome Back to the autumn routine. I had an event filled summer full of both
excitement and relaxation. I hope you did too.

  RASC-OC is run by volunteers. While members offer their support through
their membership, it is the several active volunteers who take on additional
responsibilities who are the key to making the group function.

  This fall is time for all of our RASC-OC members to re-consider their level of
involvement in our astronomy society.

  I would like to see some new faces. You may not be accustomed to
volunteering but it really is very satisfying. Seeing your effort improve our
organization as a whole is rewarding. Hey, you may make some friends too! To
all of the members who have volunteered over the past years – a big thank
you!

  Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is set for October 18th in Kelowna. This is
the meeting where our Society elects members for specific positions such as
President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Directors. Other roles such
as Membership are appointed (that means you don’t need to be elected). If
now is not the time for you to take an active role in one of the elected
positions, then consider one of several roles that are valuable but take no
more than 30 minutes a month. Discuss these with either myself or Colleen
O’Hare.

  Perhaps send Hugh an article for the Focus Newsletter? Or, present a favourite
topic of yours at a monthly meeting. A 15-minute presentation is a good start.
The group is very supportive and appreciate your time.

  Even choosing to be responsible for bringing the cookies* and making coffee at
the meetings is volunteering.

  I look forward to seeing many new volunteers in the coming months.

David Hawkins, RASC-OC VP Kelowna
PS. * I like oatmeal raisin cookies


New and Noteworthy:
  Our RASC-OC AGM is on Tuesday October 18th in Kelowna. Any member
wishing to serve in an elected position, please contact Colleen O’Hare (Past
President) by September 15th. chohare@shaw.ca

   Several members have been braving the questionable weather up at the
Merritt Star Quest at Loon Lake. A few nice photos have been posted on
members Facebook pages. Facebook: Merritt Astronomical Society

  Jim Kanester is planning a project meeting for the proposed Vernon Analemma
installation (T.B.D.) at the ABNC facility, on Sunday Sept 11th, 4pm at Tim
Horton’s across from the Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon. The time is
tentative for now, and subject to change.

UPCOMING OC-RASC MONTHLY MEETINGS:

Penticton: Thursday Sept 15, 2016 at 7.15pm
- Discussion about future directions for Penticton meetings and astronomy activities.

Kelowna: Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 7:30pm (Note: room C-240)
- COTM: Richard Christie – “Chelyabinsk Part 2 – The Russian
Report of the 2013 Fireball”
-  Main: Andrew Bennett – “The Time Keepers”

Vernon: Wednesday Sept 28, 2016 at 7:15pm
- Pre-meeting Telescope basics at 6:30pm
- Jim Kanester – “50 Ways to Polar Aligning Your Scope”
- Shawn Berglund – “Observing Challenges for Oct/Nov 2016”

* Kelowna: Tuesday October 18, 2016 Annual General Meeting
- 7:15pm. Okanagan College KLO Campus (Room TBA)

ASTRONOMICAL PICTURE OF THE MONTH:
Please see the website for details. www.ocrasc.ca

WEBSITE
  The club website is updated with a view to providing everything you ever
wanted to know about Okanagan Centre RASC. 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 on particular 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. www.ocrasc.ca

OKANAGAN OBSERVATORY
  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/on in advance.

  Please let the public know about the Friday night public nights and ensure they
listen to the message on the Okanagan Observatory Event Phone, at 250-300-
8SKY (8759) before they proceed to the observatory. The phone message is
updated at 3:00pm on Friday afternoons and advises the listener if the
observatory site will be open that evening and if so, the start and end times.
www.okanaganobservatory.ca

FOCUS
  Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations,
experiences and other ideas and topics. Deadline for material is the 8th of the
month. Focus is published on the 15th of each month from September to June.

ASTRO OKANAGAN E-MAIL DISCUSSION GROUP
  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. You can start to receive the messages by contacting Guy Mackie
at guy.m@shaw.ca

LINKS www.ocrasc.ca/links.html

CONTACT: David Hawkins david-hawkins@shaw.ca