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Robert Mitchell
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QCAS BOARD MEETING 7 Aug 2019

ATTENDING
Craig Cox
Robert Mitchell
Matt Neilssen
Mike Ombrello
Jim Rutenbeck
Sam Santiago
Jeff Struve
Steve VanHyfte

VOTE to put money raised in Meteor Shower Party’s Celestron raffle ($233) into Observatory fund: PASSED

TREASURER’S REPORT:
General: $1869.35
Events: $500.00
Observatory: $4613.00
TOTAL: $6982.35

NOVEMBER DINNER: need to book room
Chinese restaurant again
Start at 6:30 this year

ELECTIONS
Nominations have been solicited but no nominees have been notified by email or accepted yet.
Ballot due October before November elections

EISP
Steve Kawaler, Kepler and TESS
Possible speaker: Emily Gilbert, recent graduate in exoplanets
Last year’s EISP cost $550, not counting speaker expenses or the new circuit breaker
Alan will bring PACMO
VOTE to reallocate $250 additional to Events Fund: PASSED
General Fund now $1619.35
Events Fund now $750.00
Observatory Fund unchanged
Can’t register through website yet: Must still mail checks.

SHERMAN PARK
New vacuum cleaner
New rope light
Fixed carpet
New fan
Cleaning supplies
Shelfing brackets
Storage closets
Reimburse Steve VanHyfte

GREEN IOWA EVENT AT MENKE, July 19
Perfect skies
A couple dozen visitors showed up, event ran until almost 11 PM
Metal equipment cabinet in Menke Observatory classroom needs replacing or needs lock repaired.

METEOR SHOWER PARTY, Aug 3
Made $230 in ticket sales
Next event needs more than one person, more books, and more pens at sign-in table.
Didn’t really need projectors and screens: Everyone was staring at laptop screens. Will set up laptops only and cover entrances to school hallways with screens next time.
Presentations with audio drew the most attention.
Need red lights on tables.
Steve: Need more telescopes, especially with eyepieces at kid level and especially with tracking mounts.
Jeff: Don’t need any telescopes if you’re looking for meteors. Scopes may detract from meteor theme.

Need final lists of new equipment for observatory relocation (minimum, practical, and ideal), and estimated cost of new building
Suggestion to preserve ground space: Position control room underneath where new roll-off roof will open