I am the current President of the PAS.
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.
What was it that Yogi Berra said? "It's like déjávu all over again." Maybe, maybe not. Looking ahead at 2017, we will be looping around the annual calendar track once again. Gas in the car, everything checked out and the pit crew (the PAS officers and all active members) ready to win the race. So what is the race and how do we win it? The race we will be running in this year, like the year before has a simple goal — it is called progress.
Well, here we are at the end of another year. It seems like just yesterday we were beginning 2016 and now we are at it's end. We have been an active club over the past year and not only do I hope we can continue at the same activity level next year, I hope we can expand it. Most of our activity in promoting our club is done thru some kind of outreach event, be it one member giving a program or conducting an observing session for a scout troop or a school classroom or a much larger event like "Astronomy Day" — and we did two of those in 2016.
October was our busy month! (Notice the similarity to how I started this page last month.) October was indeed very busy - Astronomy Day at the Infinity Space Center, several outreach events including one in Lacombe at the Southeast LA National Wildlife Refuges Comples ( "Wild Things"), plus the Deep South Star Gaze that many of our members attended. I think we will get a little breathing room in November, but hopefully we will have some nice clear skies for observing.