The 2013 RASC General Assembly in Thunder Bay is now concluded. An excellent time was had by all of the attendees who joined the members of the Thunder Bay Centre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their founding as a Centre of the Society.
At the Society's Annual General Meeting held on 2013 June 30, the members present overwhelmingly approved the Society's new By-Law Number One. This approval marked the completion of the RASC Governance Renewal Project. The Society is now officially operating under the new By-Law and the new Policy Manual approved by the Society's National Council.
The biggest change as a result of the new Governance Structure is the conversion of the Society's Executive Committee into a Board of Directors and the transition of the Society's National Council into an advisory body. The Society's new By-Law is available in the Member's Area at www.rasc.ca/system/files/private/By-Law_1.pdf  (note that you must be logged-in to view this content).
As part of the National Council meeting held on 2013 June 28, the Society adopted a new Policy Manual which came into effect on 2013 July 1. The new Policy Manual covers:
The new policy manual is available at www.rasc.ca/system/files/private/RASC_Policy_Manual_2013.pdf  (also members-only).
The Board Transition Committee election was concluded. A total of 470 ballots were cast for three available positions, which represented approximately 12% of the Society's membership. The elected candidates were:
Congratulations go out to the new Board members and appreciation to the other candidates: Craig Levine of the London Centre and Andrew Blanchard of the Hamilton Centre who stood for election.
The winning candidates were formally appointed to the new RASC Board for a one-year term at the Board's first meeting on June 30.
The following members were honoured during the RASC General Assembly:
New Honorary President
Dr. John Percy (Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto) succeeded Dr. James Hesser of the Hertzberg Institute as the Society's Honorary President. Dr. Hesser served the Society with distinction during the International Year of Astronomy period from 2009-2013.
As one of its first official acts, the Society's new Board reappointed the Society's Executive Committee members to their roles for one-year terms ending 2014:
The Society's new National Advisory Council held its first meeting on 2013 June 30. As one of its first official acts, the Advisory Council appointed Roger Nelson of the Calgary Centre as its Co-chair. Chris Beckett, President of the Regina Centre is the new body's first Recorder. Society President Glenn Hawley also serves as a Co-chair of this newly constituted body.
Additional information on the proceedings of the 2013 General Assembly, including photos and other information will be made available over the next few weeks on the Society's Web site and in the RASC Journal.
The 2014 RASC General Assembly will be held from 2014 June 27-29 in Victoria, British Columbia. Mark your calendars now!