President's Message - December 2009

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By John McDonald

It's hard to believe December is upon us. This year has been quite a whirl for all involved in International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and other outreach events, the school program, and the Victoria Centre Observatory (VCO) operation. As I write this I am taking a break from going over the financial figures that our hard working treasurer, Li-Ann provides. Thanks in large part to her efforts, we have come thorough this year in good shape financially. In addition, we have a pretty good handle on where we are at. The Gaming Funds are now nearly spent as planned on the two projects - Outreach (Project 1) and VCO (Project 2). And - we have a positive balance in our regular (members) account.

Our task for next year will be simpler and perhaps more challenging. Simpler as we will not have a gaming account to manage and more challenging as we have to run an expanded set of activities with our regular account that relies almost entirely on membership income. I am confident we can do this if we plan carefully. The goals include continuing and even expanding the very ambitious outreach program and VCO activities and making sure that our new members are well served. If you have suggestions for the coming year pass them on to me or any member of Council.

Members are welcome to attend Council meetings should you wish. They are held in the 4th floor lounge of the Elliott building at UVic on the first Wednesday of every second month.  That said, the next Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2009. The regular schedule with resume with the following Council meeting to held Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

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