[ My thanks to co-chairperson Ann Murphy for recording the minutes in my absence. RAC Secretary, Phyllis Lang ]

Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center.

20 people attende

Tonight’s Topic: “Refactors and SCT” by Chris Cole and Mike Keefe. They discussed the aspects of refactors and SCTs

BUSINESS

Business Meeting:

•       Planned Business:

  • Financials
    • Expunging people that have not paid dues.  Please renew.
    • 100 single memberships currently.
    • Last year only 45 single memberships.
    • This is the highest it has ever been.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Steve Izzo
    • $619.85 Checking Account
    • $3289.16 Savings
    • $58.54 in the special account
    • $320 expenses last month for Insurance, Business Cards, Flyers
    • $153.53 in Dues for this month
    • The 2018 Federal Tax postcard was mailed dated was April 1st.
  • Observing Committee Report:  Matt Lochansky
    • Sat Apr 6 – 7:00AM – 4:00PM UNC Science Fest – Solar Observing ~9hrs (Already Covered) 
    •  Fri Apr 12 – 8:30PM – 11:00PM Prairie Ridge Eco Station – Raleigh – State Wide Star Party – 3 hrs
    • Fri Apr 12 – 7:00PM – 10:00PM – Ann E. Wilkerson Nature Preserve – State Wide Star Party- 3hrs
    • Fri Apr 12 – 7:00PM – 10:00PM – Tobacco Road (Apex) – Mike Keefe – 3hrs
    • Sat Apr 13 – 7:00PM – 10:00PM White Deer Park – Garner – State Wide Star Party – 3 hrs
    • Sat May 4 – 6:00PM – 11:00PM – Art Museum – May the 4th be with you – 3hrs

Will need to load in early, since the museum takes you to the spot.

  • Sat May 18th  7:30PM – 11:00PM – Observing at Dix Park
    • Messier Marathon Report:  Jim Michnowicz & Mike Keefe

It was a little cloudy until about 1:30.  After 3:40am, there were really good skies.  Mike Keefe saw about 76 objects, he had about 6 objects left.  Jim Michnowicz saw about 50 – 60 objects.  Barton Meeks – about 11, but without the goto.

  • ALCOR:  Doug Lively
    • Get your data to Doug

Upcoming Events:

•         RACOBS – 26- APR Bigwoods

Elections: Elections (June) – Full Slate of Officers

1.       Cochair – Steven Blake, Doug Lively, Ann Murphy

2.       Secretary – Phyllis Lang

3.       Treasurer – Steve Izzo

Anyone can run.  Just has to be fully paid up in dues, 18+ years and willing to do it.

RGAS – After Meeting Dinner

Sammy’s Tap & Grill – 2235 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606 – (919) 755-3880