As was mentioned in the November newsletter, we have
been considering some possible changes in our meeting schedule and
meeting formats. We discussed these ideas further at the December 1st
meeting and have decided on a tentative schedule for 2018. Instead of
having monthly meetings, we are going to try having five meetings in
2018, beginning in February. The proposed meeting months are as follows:
We also discussed some possible changes in the formats of the meetings
themselves. One idea that was proposed was to possibly have the April
meeting on Astronomy Day, which is on Saturday, April 21, 2018
. Traditionally, we have always assisted the Gayle Planetarium
in Montgomery with this event, and it may be possible for us to have a
brief meeting at the Planetarium prior to the start of the events. Of
course, arrangements will need to be worked out with the Planetarium
staff to see if this would be possible.
Another possible idea discussed for the June meeting would be to have a
combination cookout/star gaze at Wind Creek State Park near Alexander
City, AL. This could also be on a Saturday to make it more convenient
for those that cannot make it to a weekday meeting.
For the other three meetings, we can either secure a speaker/ presenter
or arrange to have a field trip to some nearby astronomy/space related
facility. We are open for any and all suggestions on some possible
meeting topics or ideas. If you know of someone that can come and do a
talk or presentation on an interesting topic, please let us know. If you
know of an interesting place in our area that would be of interest to
the members, let us know about it as well. What topics would you like to
learn more about at the meetings? We really need feedback from you to
help us improve our meeting experience. You can send me your ideas,
comments, etc. to the e-mail at the beginning of the newsletter. As you
can see, we have not yet determined specific dates for the proposed
meetings with the exception of the possible April Astronomy Day event.
This will give us the flexibility to come up with some different and
hopefully more interesting activities. Of course, for those meetings
that are held in our usual meeting location on the AU campus, we can
always adhere to the first Friday schedule unless it conflicts with some
activity in Auburn such as home football games.
Our initial focus will be to firm up plans for the February 2018
meeting. We will then make sure that all of the members are notified
well in advance by newsletter, e-mail reminder and our Facebook and web
pages. We look forward to an interesting 2018!