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Candidate Statements 2017

Candidate Statements for the RASC Board of Directors are at https://rasc.ca/candidate-statements-2017

A short summary follows:
Each year the Term of three Directors of the Board ends, and this year Randy BoddamCharles Ennis, and Colin Haig see their three-year terms come to an end. All three Directors are eligible to stand for re-election, and both Charles Ennis and Colin Haig have elected to do so.

Nominations for the RASC Board of Directors closed April 30, and by that time, we had two additional candidates, Anthony Gucciardo, President of the Yukon Centre, and Dr. Rob Thacker of the Halifax Centre. We were also informed in April by James Edgar that he would be stepping down from his role on the Board for personal reasons as of GA 2017, ending his term early. As a result, it appeared that all positions would be filled by acclamation and no election would be required.

In May, we confirmed that Susan Yeo, on leave from the Board since November 2016, would also be ending her term early for personal reasons leaving an additional unfilled vacancy. This additional position is to be filled by Michael Watson, by acclamation.

Your new Board of Directors, effective 2017 July 2, will be Craig LevineCharles EnnisColin HaigChris GainorAnthony GucciardoHeather LairdRob ThackerMichael Watson, and Robyn Foret.

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, The Board, and The Society, I would like to thank James EdgarRandy Boddam, and Susan Yeo for their service to the Society. Please be sure to thank them individually as circumstance permits; serving the Society in this capacity takes dedication, commitment, and sometimes a thick skin, and all have served us well.

Robyn Foret

2nd Vice-President

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

eNews date: 
Saturday, May 27, 2017
4 years 4 weeks ago
Explore the Moon

Explore the Moon is a new beginner's observing program (with certificate) that RASC is officially launching today!


"This observing program bridges the gap between the introductoryExplore the Universe Observing Program and the more challenging Isabel Williamson Lunar Observing Program. It is ideal for beginning observers who are just learning about telescopes and binoculars, by providing a hands-on observing experience on an easy object—the Moon. The progam is based on the 94 lunar features listed and charted in the RASC Observer's Handbook, originally selected by Roy Bishop, who was Handbook editor for 19 years. Explore the Moon was field-tested in 2012–2015 by several beginning observers in the RASC Halifax Centre, many of whom went on to complete other RASC observing programs. At this time, only the telescope version in English is available, we hope to offer a binocular version in English and both of those in French, in due course.We welcome feedback from observers!"

Start exploring the Moon today!

eNews date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016
4 years 8 months ago
Awards deadline

Awards Deadline

The Awards Committee needs your input -- now is the time to nominate that special person in your Centre, or that unsung hero, whoever it may be. Nominations will be accepted up to and including 2016 December 31. Don't hesitate, grab a pen and jot down the details about that special person -- what makes him or her deserving of nationwide recognition.

Send nominations by email to the RASC Awards Committee <awards@lists.rasc.ca>

See rasc.ca/rasc-awards


eNews date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016
4 years 9 months ago
Volunteers Wanted - Information Technology Committee

The Information Technology is looking for volunteers to help out with a number of support and development projects that we have underway. We are looking for skilled individuals with a command of PHP and web technologies to assist with a number of projects including:

  •     Centre website support
  •     Society website support
  •     Upgrades and testing of our eCommerce platform
  •     Maintenance and extension of our main site at rasc.ca
  •     Training and orientation of members and staff

If you have some background and six or more hours a month to share and would like to help out, please contact the IT Committee Chair, Denis Grey via https://rasc.ca/contact/Information_Technology.

eNews date: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
4 years 9 months ago
New RASC Centre

It seems appropriate on this May the Fourth, to welcome the Yukon Astronomical Society into the fold of the RASC. Our Board voted yesterday to approve their application to join us as the RASC Yukon Centre.
Let's give a big "Welcome" to our 29th Centre!


eNews date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
5 years 1 month ago


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