Annual Report 1990
Reports of the Kingston Centre Executive and Committee Chairs
I'd like to begin this report by thanking everyone who made this year a fun and exciting year.
The Aurora Phone Line continues to alert us of those spectacular nights.
This year has also been one which we received much exposure. We had Astronomy Day in two malls. We had good representation at the G.A. in Ottawa. Our request to host the Spring 1991 N.F.C.A.A.A. was accepted. And our Honorary President discovered two comets and gave a talk which was open to the public.
We also continued our educational programs, such as the night an "astronomy night" was hosted by David Stokes at Bob's Lake for many students.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming year and offer any assistance needed to the new President.
DENISE SABATINI - Ref: Regulus, 1991 Jan-Feb, pg 5.
The past year was a very exciting one for the members of the Kingston Centre. In addition to the twelve regular and twelve executive meetings, we had a very special meeting to welcome our Honourary President, David Levy, literally days after discovering his seventh comet.
The year started off with local astronomer Terence Dickinson talking about the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune. At that same meeting, Ruth Hicks, Past President, received the A. Vibert Douglas Award for service to the Kingston Centre. In February, Gerald Moriarty-Schieven spoke about star formation and protoplanets, then left to take up employment at J.P.L. in California. Ian Levstein spoke to us in March about the role of astronomy in science fiction films. April's guest speaker was Dr. Philip Baffle, who spoke about the great men of astronomy from ancient times to 1700. April also brought about a very successful Astronomy Day exhibition at two local malls, with displays, pamphlets and telescopes galore (including the 13" green pig).
May was a Members' Night and we listened to five short talks from Bill Broderick (tektites), Chris Collin (time), Leo Enright (sidereal time), Gisele Broderick (astrology) and Denise Sabatini (the New Grange alignment of the Boyne Valley Cairn). Also in May, we were pleased to learn of David Levy's sixth comet discovery, Comet Levy 1990c. In June, Walter MacDonald talked about his experiences with his 12" Questar. In July, Terry Hicks answered the question: "Where will the sun set?". Bill Broderick spoke again in August about our cosmic connections, but not before Stan Hanna received his long sought Messier certificate and we learned that David Levy had discovered asteroid Levy 1990BN.
With Terence Dickinson, our Centre also held a very successful observing session at Charleston Lake Provincial Park where Comet Levy and Saturn were the main attractions. Members' Night came once again in September and Ian Levstein showed slides of summer aurorae and Comet Levy, Arthur Covington spoke about radio astronomy and brought in a tape recording of pulsars, and David Stokes read a poem by his friend Patrick White concerning the discovery of Comet Levy.
October brought back John Griese III to speak about the July 1989 total solar eclipse, and we welcomed the addition of a new 32 mm eyepiece for our Centre's 10" Dobsonlan reflector. In November, Leo Enright told us about the Holleford Crater, which is located just a few miles north of Kingston. A special meeting was called two weeks later to hear David Levy talk about his comet discoveries and we were all pleased to hear that our Honourary President had just discovered, photographically, his seventh comet Comet Shoemaker-Levy 1990o. David was also honoured to present to our President, Denise Sabatini, the A. Vibert Douglas Award in recognition of her service to the Kingston Centre.
In December we held our annual dinner and election night, resulting in many new faces on the executive. Also that evening, Terry Hicks talked on the problems faced by navigators in finding longitude prior to the invention of the Harrison Chronometer, and Ruth Hicks gave us an overview of Stonehenge.
We have had a terrific year. We have been treated to fine presentation and more than a dozen new members have been accounted for. Our current membership list shows eight life members, two senior members and forty-three regular members. Best wishes to the new executive.
Ian Levstein, Secretary - Ref: Regulus, 1991 Jan-Feb, pg 3.
Report missing (web only).
My first year as editor has been a very enjoyable experience for me. It has enabled me to get involved in the Centre in an area where I feel I can make a real contribution.
I am particularly gratified at the response received to date to our invitation to advertise in Regulus. Revenues received in 1990 in the amount of $166.55 from advertising reduced significantly the cost of the newsletter to our Centre.
As well, I have been privileged to work with a fine group of people, who have given me their full support and cooperation. Working with them has been a terrific experience.
I look forward to another exciting and fulfilling year in 1991, and thank you for the privilege of continuing to serve our Centre as editor of your newsletter.
BILL BRODERICK - Ref: Regulus, 1991 Jan-Feb, pg 4.
NC Meeting Reports:
Regulus, 1990 Mar-Apr, pp. 1-3 (1st NC meeting).
Regulus, 1990 Sep-Oct, page 2 (AGM at GA).
Regulus, 1990 Sep-Oct, page 3 (2nd, 3rd NC meetings at GA).
Regulus, 1990 Nov-Dec, page 2 (4th NC meeting).
During 1990 I attended, as the Kingston Centre's National Council Representative, all four meetings of the National Council of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. They were the meetings of February 17 in Toronto, June 29 and July 2 at the time of the General Assembly in Ottawa, and September 29 in Toronto.
Reports were given either in writing for the Centre's newsletter or verbally at a Centre meeting, or both, following all of these National Council Meetings.
During the year many important decisions were made by National Council, some of them being those in regard to liability insurance for the Centres, articles to be sold to promote the Society and to raise funds, a large-scale planned trip for the 1991 solar eclipse, and special lectures marking the Centennial Year of our Society.
At the first meeting of the year, the Kingston Centre's request for a Special Projects Grant to reimburse the person who had refurbished our Centre's Telescope was honoured with the full amount requested. At the General Assembly a new fee structure was approved, and a new national president took office. An announcement was made that an asteroid had been named in honour of our Society on the occasion of its hundredth birthday.
At present I am involved in two national committees, namely the Seal Committee, whose task it is to formulate guidelines to protect the use of our Society's Seal, and the "Junior Handbook" Committee, of which I am the chairman, and whose mandate it is to produce a beginner's observing guide.
I have been honoured to serve this Centre as its National Council Representative during 1990. Thank you for this privilege.
LEO ENRIGHT - Ref: Regulus, 1991 Jan-Feb, pg 4.