I am pleased to announce that we are adopting an online presence for our meetings until this period of “social distancing” has ended. We will be hosting our March meeting using Facebook live. Join us on the CAS Facebook Page Saturday, March 14th at 8pm for our March meeting. “A History of M: How the Messier Catalog Came to Be” led by our very own Brad Hoehne. The other good news is that if you miss the meeting, the video will still be around on the Facebook page to watch at your leisure! It is disappointing that we are unable to come together face-to-face over donuts and Diet Coke, but I am thankful that we are still able to connect with each other and continue our mission to share our enthusiasm for all things astronomy.
Due to the recent recommendations for social distancing as a proactive way to “flatten the curve” on COVID-19 (https://www.flattenthecurve.com/) we are canceling the March meeting. Our original speaker, Brad Hoehne, is looking into several different options to make his Messier talk available to everyone. We will send more information as it becomes available. We are looking into using online video chat as a means to keep in touch during this time. We might consider experimenting with this platform to hold online meetings in place of physically meeting at Perkins until it is no longer recommended to practice social distancing. We will keep everyone updated with any new developments.
The CAS Annual Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony is set for Saturday, December 14th. Setup begins at 4 pm, and dinner at 6 pm. Members are asked to bring a dish to share, and the musically inclined are encouraged to bring their instruments. We will enjoy a festive feast, elect new officers and board members for 2020, acknowledge service to the Society, and the pièce de résistance: a round of Astro-Jeopardy, with our host Brad “Trebek” Hoehne (to whom resistance is futile).