Despite bad weather in the area, we had a good turnout for our first meeting of the new year. Vice President Tom Heisey was unfortunately out sick and could not make the meeting.
President Steve Maas provided the report on SPAC finances. At the time of the last monthly meeting, the SPAC bank account had a balance of $1555.41. On December 23rd, President Maas deposited $30.00 into the account, the money coming from membership dues. There were no payments or withdrawals, so the SPAC account currently has a balance of $1585.41.
The three amendments to the SPAC Constitution and By-Laws that President Maas had read at the December meeting were voted on. All passed 11-0. The texts of the amendments will be placed on the "ABOUT US" page of the SPAC Website.
As required by the SPAC Constitution, Club Officers were elected. For 2020, the Officers are: Steve Maas (President), Tom Heisey (Vice-President), Rick Fay (Treasurer), and Patrice Fay (Secretary). All candidates ran unopposed.
Plans were made for the "Saturday Star Walk" that will be held at the Lubbock Arboretum near the Hodges Community Center on Saturday, February 1 (weather permitting). This event will replace the Public Star Party previously held at Tech Terrace Park. The event will be publicized by the Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department and the Lubbock Arboretum. President Maas described how discussions between him and Vice-President Heisey and representatives of the Arboretum and the Hodges Community Center resulted in the Rose Garden next to the Community Center being selected as the site of the first Star Walk. Support for the event was voiced by the Members present at the Meeting, and tentative committments were made by many of them to participate. Member Collin Smith provided a list of potential objects to observe, which he emailed to Members. The event will start at around 6:30 PM, and participating Members were urged to show up at around 5:45-6:00 PM to begin setting up. The event is scheduled to last around 2 hours.
Member Collin Smith described that there will be a close conjunction among the Moon, Venus and Neptune on the evening of January 27th. This should be a good target for viewing with a small telescope or binoculars.
Following the business meeting, we watched the recorded lecture, "The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Invented Modern Astronomy" by author Michael Lemonick.