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Historical Minutes Online

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James Edgar, Regina
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Thu, 2007/02/22

Old minutes now on-line!

Through a collaboration between Randy Attwood, Peter Jedicke, and James Edgar, National Council Minutes from the early years of the Society are now on-line.

Vance Petriew Honoured by AAVSO

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James Edgar, Regina
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Fri, 2007/07/06

Arne Henden, Director of the AAVSO, took Vance Petriew by surprise when he asked him to come forward for a special Director's Service Award at the Banquet of Astronomy Roundup 2007 in Calgary, Alberta.

Vance took on the challenge of amassing and converting over 70,000 records at the AAVSO. Here is their write-up from the AAVSO Web site, www.aavso.org/aavso/about/volunteers.shtml

Member Access Now Added to Web Portal

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enis Grey and Dave Lane, National Office
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Tue, 2009/02/24

As part of the continuing rollout of our new website's features and capabilities, we are pleased to announce that access to the on-line edition of the Journal and the private area of the RASC website is now available from the RASC Web Portal at secure.rasc.ca. In fact, it is only available this way.

New Secure Web Portal Available to Members

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Denis Grey, Toronto
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Fri, 2009/10/09

Beginning 2009 Jan 9, members are invited to use the new RASC Secure Web Portal to browse and update their membership profile on-line. Visit the new portal at https://secure.rasc.ca/rasc. Using the portal members can:

  • Update their address, e-mail and personal information
  • View your current membership status and outstanding dues payable (if any)
  • Update your National Options
  • Assign a personal password and login

Here is a quick overview of the key features of the new web  portal:

Help the David Dunlap Observatory be given a Historical, Cultural and/or Natural Designation

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Heide DeBond, Toronto
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Wed, 2008/12/31

In 1935, the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) was presented to the University of Toronto by Jessie Donalda Dunlap as a memorial to her husband. Its goals of astronomical research, training of students at the University, and the fostering of public interest in astronomy have been met effectively since its inception. In the fall of 2007 the University of Toronto decided to sell the property and it was sold in July 2008.

Catherine Lovekin will be awarded 2009 Plaskett Medal

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Dave Lane, President, National Office
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Thu, 2009/04/02
Dear RASC and CASCA members,

We are very pleased to announce that the 2009 Plaskett Medal will be awarded to Dr. Catherine Lovekin.

Applications Due for Centre Projects Fund

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Randy Attwood, Mississauga
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Thu, 2007/11/29

The December 31 deadline is fast approaching for applications to the Centre Projects Fund.

The Centre Projects Fund was created by National Council in February 2006 with the intention that it provide funding for special initiatives at the centre level. Revenue comes from Sustaining Memberships and donations directed specifically to the Centre Projects Fund. The Centre Project Fund Trust Declaration clearly details the intended uses for these funds as well as the expectations of centres who receive grants.

New President of the RASC announced

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James Edgar, Regina
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Mon, 2008/04/14

The other members of the Executive Committee, with the endorsement of the Board Pilot Committee, have appointed Dave Lane as RASC National President. Dave will complete the term of Scott Young, which ends on 2008 June 30 (the second National Council meeting at the GA). As a result of this, Dave has resigned from the position of 1st Vice-President, which we expect will remain vacant until the GA.

We welcome Dave to his new role, and we ask you to give him all of your usual support and enthusiasm.

RASC President, Scott Young, Resigns

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James Edgar, Secretary, National Office
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Wed, 2008/04/09

It is with regret that we announce that Society President, Scott Young, has resigned his position, effective Saturday, 2008 April 5. This came as a surprise to everyone involved, and we are saddened by his decision. His resignation was related to a difference of opinion with his Executive Committee colleagues that made him feel he had lost the mandate to lead.

Mars Mission Concept Proposals Receive Funding

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Denis Grey, Toronto
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Tue, 2007/04/24

LONGUEUIL, QC, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - When a mission to Mars is being developed, mission planners must consider many factors. Space technology advances, scientific needs and objectives, how to deal with distance, communications delays, and landing through the thin Martian atmosphere-all this must converge into a useful, workable mission concept. Canadian companies and researchers are part of an international drive to respond to these and other challenges.

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