Wrapping Up the Year

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In 1988, the OMSI Astronomy Club and the Portland Astronomical Society merged. In the coming year, we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary as RCA. Our printed 2018 calendar (on sale now) has a lovely 30th year logo on it and it includes, among the usual awesome imaging done by our very own members, some striking black-and-white photos of astronomy in Portland that goes back well more than thirty years. The strength of interest in astronomy in cloudy, rain-sodden Oregon shows the staying power of hope over experience, doesn’t it?

Banner Design Contest

We need better visual displays! We’ve decided to get three retractable banners printed to use for outreach events. We’re asking imagers to put their wonderful work to good use on what we hope will be stunning banners. Create something beautiful using astronomy images with, at a minimum, our name, logo and our url address. If your design is chosen, we’ll award you with a copy of the book Skyglow. Any member can create a design, but astro-images should be done by an RCA member and have their permission for use. The final size will be 33" x 78." A high-resolution PDF would work well. We’d like to have these ready for next year’s events, so the deadline is Dec. 31 for submitting your entry. To get the logo, contact the president, communications v.p. or the calendar v.p. and we can send you one for incorporation in your creative, attractive, informative, communicative representation of our club.

Now for Some Brief Reminders:

  1. Please remember to bring food to donate for SnoCap and/or warm clothes to donate to the Transitions Project to our annual holiday banquet. Mark Martin, our program v.p., will be sending out more information about the details of the annual event in advance of Dec. 18th.
     
  2. If modesty has prevented you from turning in your volunteer hours, please post them before Dec. 15th for our volunteer report at the banquet. Consider it one of your year-end donations to a good cause. We’ll make it simple: here’s the link.
     
  3. Remember the AI-SIG has changed its meeting date to the first Tuesdays of the month, same place and time. Contact the AI-SIG director Greg Marshall for more information.
     
  4. The Site Selection Committee will be taking a survey of our membership about our needs for more & better observing sites. The committee also needs more input from more voices, so if you want to have a say in making something happen to improve our star-gazing opportunities, contact Dawn Nilson, our Dark Skies Advocate, to volunteer to be part of our perennial search.
     
  5. Also please consider volunteering for the Observing V.P. position. Most of the work for 2018 has been done. It’s a good chance to sit on the Board and have direct influence on the growth and operation of the club. It would also qualify you for running for president of RCA in the future.
     
  6. If you know families with middle school kids, please tell them about our Astronomy Class through Saturday Academy next year. And if you know any high school age kids interested in doing an astronomy project for a cash award, have them check out our Youth Astronomy Award Program here. Also alert any teachers you know in the tri-county area plus Vancouver, whether in public, private or home school settings. We want to award some money, and somebody out there deserves it.

Finally, HAVE A TERRIFIC HOLIDAY SEASON AND A HAPPY WINTER PREPARING FOR NEXT YEAR’S PRECIOUS NIGHTS UNDER CLEAR DARK SKIES!!