on Covid-19 situation.
‘Dear AAS Members,
I hope you and your families have all managed to stay clear of COVID 19. The
clear skies brought about by the huge reduction in air traffic has brought some
compensation for us astronomers but of course this remains a difficult time for
many with no immediate end in sight.
With our new programme due to start on 17th September, I want to bring you up to
date with the outcome of a committee meeting held on 11th August at which the
main item for discussion was, not unexpectedly, the way forward for the Society
over the coming months. The meeting was unanimous in agreeing that physical
meetings in the hall at Grateley were going to be unrealistic in the short-term
and were likely to remain so over the normal duration of our programme, that is,
to mid-April 2021.
The committee considered that use of a conferencing tool was the only practical
way of keeping the Society going and, accordingly, the Society’s talks will be
conducted via Zoom until the situation improves. We are taking out a one-year
subscription for this platform which will allow the option of continuing beyond
the usual finish in mid-April and to potentially include other activities such
as practical demonstrations by our members. The Society will provide
instructions for those not familiar with Zoom.
The initial talk to be given by our friend Bob Mizon on 17th September will thus
be conducted via Zoom; most appropriately, given the number of sightings this
year, the talk will be on the subject of historic comets.
For the sake of continuity and to avoid further disruption, it is proposed that
the present committee continues until at least mid-April when the feasibility of
holding an AGM, either physical or virtual, will be reviewed. On account of fact
that last year’s programme was unavoidably curtailed, the committee thought it
right that subscription fees should be waived, that is, membership of the
Society for the new programme will be free.
Finally, we need to make sure that we have your correct email addresses in order
to sign you up to Zoom. Lawrence, our esteemed treasurer, requests that you
confirm your email addresses by contacting him at email@example.com.
I send best wishes to all and look forward to meeting up with you virtually via
Zoom next month.
Andover Astronomical Society