Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:45

February 2017 President's Message Featured

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On January 28th after more than a few weeks of hard work, members of the PAS gathered at the SPMOS Observing Site for an afternoon and evening of "friendship and astronomy". From what I understand 16 club members made this event and 8 stayed overnight. While cold, the sky was clear and no one seemed to complain. (I was in Dallas for a wedding and a birthday so I regrettably, could not make this event.) This will be repeated next month at SPMOS on February 25th. Hopefully this 2nd program will be as popular if not more popular than the first one.

Many thanks to Bill Davis for organizing this event and to SPMOS Site Manager Ron Marcella and club member Norm Stevens who have been working hard to restore the bunk house to its former glory. If anyone has any questions about use of our SPMOS site, please give site manager, Ron Marcella, a call (504 347-1053). For more information about the gathering on February 25th, please contact Bill Davis (504 250-6940).

Our SPMOS site is all the more precious now as we do still live under the cloud of an uncertain future with it. We remain uncertain as to just when we may need to vacate the property due to the intention of it’s owner to sell the land and our lease now being essentially month to month. If we do receive notice to vacate, we will have 30 days to do so. A good reason to use it now while we have it.

As many who are also attendees at the Deep South Star Gaze know, our future at the Feliciana Retreat Center is also somewhat uncertain due to management changes there, lack of funding and potential closure. Quite frankly we just do not know what is happening there and how operational structure and funding will effect our use of that facility. We have taken steps, we are planning ahead. While we will hold the Deep South Spring Scrimmage at Feliciana Retreat Center (on April 27th thru April 30th). We are not risking potential closure for the Deep South Star Gaze in the fall (October 17th thru October 22nd) The Deep South is moving to a new home at the Judson Baptist Retreat Center. More about this topic with images of our new location will be discussed and shown at the February meeting.

Also, at our February meeting to be held on February 10th, Dr. Greg Seab will give the talk entitled, "What do you Believe? Spoon-bending Astrology, Gravity Waves, Climate Change?"

We hope to have a good turnout for this meeting!

Barry Simon, President
Pontchartrain Astronomy Society

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