December 2019

Kaffeeklatsch opens before monthly meetings

If you haven’t been able to make an HAS meeting lately, you’ve been missing our kaffeeklatsch. Around 6-ish, we’ll have a welcome area set up across from the auditorium. There's a nice room adjoining the kitchen with table and chairs where folks can munch and talk. You can't miss it; there's a large HAS banner in the hall that separates the two areas.

Meetings are the 1st Friday of the month unless otherwise posted on the website. The next one is January 3, 2020. Kaffeeklatsch begins at 6:00 pm, Novice Presentation at 6:30 pm, and Membership Meeting with Speaker at 7:15 pm —Ray & Rene Gedaly

Great night, food and speaker

The membership was out in force for the potluck dinner and to hear speaker Rob Pettingill. Rob said if he could handle the rarified air of the Atacama with the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program, so could the rest of us. Sign me up! -Rene Scandone Gedaly
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Visitors to the Dark Site

leecain2.pngOn Sunday, December 1, 2019, Lee Cain with wife Gabby and daughter Krista, came out to the Dark Site to see the improvements since he was president. They were very surprised at all the private observatories that have been built. Here is a photo of the group with Lee holding that original picture that was taken at the signing of the twinning charter in 1987. -Steve Goldberg

This is from the history document of the society:

Lee Cain became president of our Society in 1987. Member Larry Wadle, who had spent three years in Guildford, England, suggested in 1986 a twinning of HAS with the Guildford Astronomical Society. Since both societies were founded in 1955, and share common profiles and interests, the twinning was approved. The Guildford Society drew up the twinning charter and it was brought to Houston by Brian States. Lee Cain and Brian States signed the charter at our general membership meeting on June 5, 1987. The charter now hangs in the HAS Observatory building.

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