Annual Report 1992
Reports of the Kingston Centre Executive and Committee Chairs
This past year has been one of continued growth for the Kingston Centre. Our meetings have been both interesting and enjoyable, and we have enjoyed the visits of two members from other Centres--Jobn Mirtle from Calgary who spoke to us in January about his dabbles in astrophotography, and Ed Kennedy from Saskatoon who in March, spoke to us about the 1835 Moon Hoax.
I was privileged to travel to Calgary twice this year--once in April to speak to the members of the Calgary Centre as part of our speaker exchange, and again in July where I had the honour of representing Kingston Centre in Calgary, at the RASC General Assembly, where I was finally able to put faces to many of the names which I had read about over the years.
With the continued efforts of Bill Broderick, our Centre newsletter Regulus continues to be an outstanding publication which reflects well on everyone involved: editor, writers and photographers. It is both interesting and easy to read, and in my humble opinion, vigorously rivals the newsletters of larger Centres. John Eustace, our Observing Chairperson, has put together a number of observing sessions, which in spite of inclement weather, was a step in the right direction, and I look forward to many more sessions to which we may invite the public. Public relations have been very good this year with increased media coverage in Kingston This Week and the Whig Standard, our mall displays both on Astronomy Day and on September 26th, were well-attended and helped to increase public awareness of astronomy in general and light pollution in particular, and also helped to secure new members, and our attendance at the Pittsburgh Township "Sky is the Limit" Festival, did much to bring solar observation to the public eye.
This year also saw the publication of Leo Enright's Beginner's Observing Guide, a very fine book full of many helpful strategies to make observing a rewarding experience for the novice. We wish him continued success for his future projects. I'd also like to thank Leo for his role in bringing light pollution to the awareness of the Minister of the Environment. I was privileged to attach my name on behalf of our Centre to a letter which Leo drafted concerning light pollution and its relationship to a new Bill of Environmental Rights which the Ministry was overseeing. In other news, we also acquired a new Telrad for the Centre scope which, according to those that have used it, makes observing with the Centre scope much easier and more enjoyable.
Finally, in the area of electronic media, there are now three RASC support bulletin boards in Kingston, run by members of our Centre--Mark Kaye, Kevin Kell, and myself. As more of our members discover the joys of computers and computer-related telecommunications, we have been able to keep in touch not only with members of our own Centre, but also with Calgary, and hopefully in the near future, Vancouver, Ottawa, and the east coast. It is our intent that eventually all 22 Centres will be linked by computer. Thanks go to Mark Kaye who volunteered to provide the mail link to these other Centres.
As I reach the end of my second term as President, I'd like to say that I have very much enjoyed the role, and although I had originally intended to be President-for-Life, I find that for reasons of a personal nature I must finally stand down and let someone else take up the reins. To the incoming President whoever that may be, I can say that the role of running this Centre is made very easy because of the efforts of the other executive members and the chairpersons of the various committees. They have made my job much easier and I thank them for their unfailing support over the last two years.
President, RASC - Kingston Centre
Another year has come and gone in the Kingston Centre. It has been a year of many interesting meetings, speaker exchanges and a year of many rained out star nights.
The Kingston Centre was lucky to have John Myrtle from the Calgary Centre to talk to us about astrophotography and Dr. Kennedy from the Saskatoon Centre to talk to us about the "Great Moon Hoax". Our very own president, Ian Levstein went on the speaker exchange program to the Calgary Centre in April.
Our centre had ten regular and executive meetings. The Kingston Centre has forty-three members; thirty-one regular members, four associate members and eight life members. All of our members have been treated to many excellent speakers from our membership, from archeoastronomy and lore to the wonder of astronomy programs on computers.
Many of our members from the Kingston Centre have had a wonderful year. Terry Hicks has become national treasurer for the next three years. The author of the Beginner's Observer Guide, Leo Enright, saw one of his dreams come true with the publication of his book. This is now available for everyone to enjoy. Also, our newsletter editor, Bill Broderick, had a letter published in the June issue of Astronomy.
To further the Kingston Centre's introduction to the public there was a mall display for Astronomy Day, May 9th, with a growing interest in the light pollution display as well. There was an observing session planned for that night but it was rained out. The centre also had a public star night for June's lunar eclipse; this too was clouded out. However, seconds before 75% totality the clouds moved and showed the beauty of our satellite. A public meeting night was held in July at our regular meeting. There was a good turnout of both young and old. Our centre was also represented at the annual G.A. in July by five members. Pictures and slides were brought back for all to enjoy.
The year 1992 has held a lot of enjoyment and pride for the Kingston Centre. I hope that for the future of astronomy and for our centre that we can bring to the public our combined knowledge and show them that the wonders of the universe are as close as looking up to the sky and seeing the nighttime jewels glistening brightly.
Year End Treasurer Report
Kingston Centre - RASC
|Life Members Grants||102.40||80.00|
|Interest & Dividends||16.86||11.19|
|Sales of Handbooks||119.39||43.34|
|General Assembly(incl. Travel Grants)||372.43||274.85|
|Fees Remitted to National Office||1105.60||821.44|
|Meetings and Newsletters||509.73||552.97|
|Annual Dinner Net||---||---|
|General Assembly(incl. travel Grants)||372.43||274.85|
|Equipment and Supplies||235.79||305.64|
|General Expenses and Audit||202.44||---|
|Awards and Donations||76.65||66.66|
|Operating Expenses Observatory||---||169.98|
|Surplus or (Deficit) on Operations||(172.15)||120.01|
|Centre Treasurer Peter Kirk|
|Date 09 OCT 92|
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It's hard in some ways to separate my several jobs: editor, publicity person, and light pollution chairperson. They all interweave. There are times when I seem to be wearing all three hats at once. So although this report is headed "Editor's Report," it will cover all three functions.
Editing Regulus continues to be a nice challenge and a pleasure. Most of the time, I can never say with any great certainty just what will be in the next issue. The material comes in and sometimes I have too much and have to carry some over to another issue. At other times, I can be chewing my nails wondering just what I'll put in the next issue. But one way or another, every issue seems to get filled. Rarely do I ever have to write something. So to everyone who has contributed to Regulus over the last year, my heartfelt thanks. Somehow, collectively, you always come through for me. Regulus pretty well puts itself together. I just supply the typing, scissors, and rubber cement--and maybe a little imagination.
The publicity role is also a challenging one. The goal here is to publicize the meetings and events of the Centre, particularly those geared to the public such as the public observing sessions, mall displays and Astronomy Day activities. The final objective, of course, is to attract new members.
Over the last year, news releases were issued to the area radio and television stations and weekly and daily newspapers in advance of several meetings and all of our public observing sessions and the two mall displays. We also developed a new publicity brochure which gives information about our Society and Centre, and tells when and where we meet. We had a quantity on hand for the "Sky Is The Limit" Festival at Grass Creek Park on Saturday, September 12, practically all of which were picked up or handed out. At our September 26 mall display at the Kingston Centre, almost 100 were picked up. It's probably too early to tell how effective the brochure is, but it does give people something that they can take away with them and possibly act on.
On The light pollution front, the last year has seen some positive activity. On January 16, 1992. I was privileged to give a talk and slide presentation on the subject to the Kingston Field Naturalists. I also had a two-part article in the February and March issues of The Quinte Naturalist, newsletter of the Quinte Field Naturalists in Belleville. On February 28, I met with Paul Johnson, MPP for Prince Edward-Lennox-South Hastings, in his office in Napanee. On April 23, I spoke to children at Our Lady of Fatima Separate School in Belleville, as part of their Earth Day Workshop. There have also been a number of letters to the editors of The Whig-Standard in Kingston and The Intelligencer in Belleville. As well, a letter and package of material on light pollution was sent to Her Worship Mayor Shirley Langer in Belleville. And we have started petitions on light pollution in both Kingston and Belleville.
If there is one thing that I can say stands out as the highlight of my effort on light pollution in 1992, it's Ontario Hydro's information sheet on the subject for municipalities, which they published in August. Ontario Hydro people invited my input back in May and used practically everything I gave them, almost verbatim.
All in all, the last year has been a busy one for your editor. I look forward to the challenges of 1993.
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