November 9, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 7:30, with 36 attending. Ron Kunkel showed a video of the Mercury transit that was taken in New Mexico which was sent to him by Ryan Hannahoe. Our Transit Watch at Blue Marsh was cancelled due to weather, but we are planning to have the Star Watch on Saturday night.  Ron gave several talks at Camp Conrad Weiser, and Dave Brown had an outdoor talk at Nolde Forest that was attended by about 14 or 15 people.

The Leonid Meteor shower may have a burst on Saturday, November 18 around 11:45 pm. We will have a club meteor watch at the Flying Field that night.

The bus trip to the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium was enjoyed by a dozen or so members. The meteorite, mineral and gemstone displays were popular, and well as the planetarium show.

Barb Geigle announced that the next Night Sky Network teleconference will be November 16 at 9 pm. It will feature Dr. David Koch of the NASA Ames Research Center. He will discuss the upcoming Kepler Mission. Handouts were available with details.

Museum update – Dave Brown tried to call the Museum 14 or 15 times. Marni finally reached Dave on Tuesday. He hopes to schedule a meeting for next week.

Nominations were taken for the upcoming Election of Officers. So far, only the current officers are running. Nominations will also be taken at the next meeting before the election.

Linda Sensenig reported a balance of $$$$ in the treasury. She received a voucher from the Hamburg School District, but hasn’t received the check yet.

The club received a letter from Robert Clark in Westminster, Maryland. He has a collection of about 20,000 pieces of optical glass that he is selling and/or giving away. Dave will forward the letter to Surplus Shed and also to Lester Baker, a club member who makes mirrors.

Our speaker for the night was Dr. Jacqueline van Gorkom of Columbia University. Her program was entitled “The Evolution of Galaxies in Different Environments” and was enjoyable and very informative.

Our next meeting will be the Holiday Party and Election of Officers.  See you all there!

Respectfully submitted

Barbara Geigle, Secretary


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