While anyone can attend our monthly meetings and public events, there are additional benefits to being a member of the South Plains Astronomy Club. These include participating in private observing events at our dark-sky sites and the Annual South Plains Astronomy Club "Star-BQ" (combined star party and barbecue), receiving the Astronomical League's quarterly magazine "The Reflector", and being eligible to participate in the numerous Observing Programs and Awards sponsored by the Astronomical League.
Membership also gives you access to official merchandise, like the South Plains Astronomy Club baseball cap.
Regular membership is $15 per year. The easiest way to join is to just attend one of our monthly meetings and tell the Club Treasurer that you want to join. She'll receive your dues and contact information to get you on the Members' List.
HISTORY The South Plains Astronomy Club has been around for 60 years! Long-time members of the Club have stated that its first official meeting occurred on Friday, 6 November 1959. This was a few months after the first Apollo moon landing, a time when interest in space and space exploration was at a peak. A faded article (reproduced below) from the 3 January 1960 edition of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal heralded the formation of the Club. As the article reveals, SPAC was founded by a group of very serious amatuer astronomers with a very lofty vision for the organization.
During the 1970's, SPAC published its own monthly newsletter, the South Plains Observer, which contained not only summaries of Club business but also observing reports, descriptions of celestial events, and summaries of Club research activities (much of this is now accomplished by this website). It hosted regional conventions of the Astronomical League in 1964 and 1975.
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Over the years, the membership of the Club has waxed and waned. Still, its purpose has remained unchanged over the decades— to "foster interest and activities in all phases of astronomy for its members and the public."
CONSTITUTIONActivities of the South Plains Astronomy Club are governed by its Constition and By-Laws. A facsimile of the current (January 2019) Constitition and By-Laws of the South Plains Astronomy Club can be accessed below. Click on a thumbnail page to see a full-size version of it. Use the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page.
AMENDMENTSAmendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of the South Plains Astronomy Club enacted since January 2019 can be accessed below. Click on the date to see the amendment document. Use the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page. Text contained in these amendments supercedes the correponding text in the version of the Constitution and By-Laws shown above.
19 September 2019