President’s Page for January 2015
I am very hopeful that 2015 will be a year of growth and excitement. We have set a number of goals for the PAS for the year. Coming from a sales background, I know that the key for success is developing a good plan, setting goals (with a timetable for achieving those goals) and then working the plan. A crucial component of all of this is having good support from the team. In this case the team is both all of the PAS officers as well as the membership of the club. I know the other officers will all work together to achieve the goals we have established for 2015. We hope the membership will help contribute to these goals as well.
So what are some of our goals for the year?
- Diverse, varied, and more "scientific" meeting programs. This includes some notable guest speakers.
- Additional non-meeting club activities other than the occasional outreach event. This includes public star parties and a field trip or two.
- More membership participation thru contributions to PAS Times and volunteerism in other ways.
Thru this "ramping up" of the PAS we hope to increase our membership. It has been trending downward for the last 14 years and it is time that we reverse that trend. By setting the goals I have listed I believe we can do that. By publicizing these goals the membership can hold my feet to the fire regarding these goals. We are establishing accountability. Having previously served as your President for 6 terms (at least once in three different decades - and with 2015 making it four different decades). I feel up to the task of doing my part in making 2015 a very memorable and exciting year for the PAS. Believe me, we will be very active!
John Martinez, your new 1st Vice-President, who has also served as both President and Vice-President of the PAS in the past, has a very active and diverse program calendar planned for the year. Kicking off the year for our upcoming meeting on January 9th , the program will be a presentation of the PBS NOVA special "Secrets of the Sun" made in collaboration with the National Geographic Channel.
Another big change for 2015 is my appointment of Ron Marcella as our new SPMOS Site Manager. This will in a way be nothing new for Ron as he has held this position before and he was the Director/Coordinator of the project that resulted in the creation of our PAS Observing Site (SPMOS) including the clearing of the land and the construction of the observatory and the bunk house. Ron will talk to the membership at our January meeting about plans for the upkeep of our SPMOS observing site. Our other officers will also be presenting new business at our January meeting. Please attend for what we hope will be a very good kick-off meeting for the new year!
Finally, in closing, let me announce that we will be introducing a new "experiment" that we will try at our first meeting - We will have a "Meet and Greet" outside of our usual meeting room at UNO (Room 1001, in the Science Building). The room will not be open until 7:20 pm for anyone arriving early (except for those setting up equipment). We encourage everyone to mingle and talk astronomy outside of our room. When we do open the room we want to hold the first row closest to the door open for any late arrivals. We are doing this to eliminate any disruptions once the meeting begins at 7:30 pm.
Hoping for a good turnout at the meeting!