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THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA STANDING COMMITTEE ON OBSERVATIONAL ACTIVITIES Bulletin No. 1 September 1, 1961. With the sixteen Centres of our Society spread over some three thousand miles, it is not surprising that sane of us have little opportunity of getting to know each other. Over the past few years, however, a very definite effort has been made to bring the Centres into closer contact. First was the decision to hold every alter- nate Annual Meeting outside of Toronto, provided, of course, that invitations from the Centres were forthcoming. Then the Annual Meeting was extended into a two-day session, with members being given the opportunity to present papers at a morning paper session. Next was the introduction of an exhibit at the Annual Meeting of observational work done by the members. There can be no doubt that much has already been accomplished by these measures. In addition to the foregoing, just over two years ago a Committee on Co- operation Between Observing Centres was appointed to look into the possibilities of providing a system for the regular exchange of reports and of developing an observation programme on a national basis. In March 1961 this Committee presented its final recommendations to the National Council. Their report was approved by the National Council and the Camnittee was then dissolved, to be replaced by the Standing Committee on Observational Activities, appointed by the National Council and consisting of a National Chairman and three other members. This Committee is responsible for the organizati on of a programme under eleven fields of observational activity, each field to be headed by a National Co-ordinator, appointed by the National Council on the recommendation of the Committee. There are many points still to be settled. To date only five National Co-ordinators have been appointed. It is realized, too, that eventually Assistant Co-ordinators will be required in sane fields. We are eager to get started, however, and this Bulletin is being issued to give you sane understanding of how the whole organization will operate. We especially want to emphasize the following points:- 1. It is not expected that all Centres will participate in all fields of activity and, while we certainly hope that each Centre will take part in at least one, no pressure will be brought to bear on any Centre. 2. No Centre will be asked to relinquish its own way of doing things. While each Co-ordinator will develop a programme, making instructions and report forms available to those who want them, our primary aim is the pooling and exchange of information rather than standardization of procedure. The Co-ordinators will probably get a lot of good ideas from reports on programmes already in operation. 3. There is no reason why the proposed organization should interfere in any way with work that Centres are now doing in co-operation with other organizations, such as the A.A.V.S.O., the A.L.P.O., etc.