I cannot possibly write my presidents
message this month without finding myself reflecting
on the recent events in New York. Although the event
has nothing specifically to do with our club - it
no doubt is something that is impacting all our
One of the first things to occur
of direct connection between the events was related
to our speaker for October. Leif Robinson lives
in Boston and during the first few days we were
all wondering what the impact would be on travel.
Leif quickly confirmed that he would be flying out
for the meeting. I am sure we will all hold a special
welcome for him.
It was our Anza Star Party on the 15th. I was scheduled
to run the Kuhn Telescope for the first time after
becoming a Star Member. Bob Buchheim helped me through
the night. Everyone we met was reflecting on the
tragedy - while at the same time enjoying the delight
of the beautiful dark skies we had that night.
The OCA board meeting was scheduled
for Sunday 16th September. All board members were
keen to continue as normal with the meeting - and
not to let these events alter our plans. We started
our meeting with a 1-minute silence to show our
respect, and add our thoughts and prayers to everyone
I do hope this message finds all of you safe and
well. My prayers and thoughts are with all the families
who mourn the loss of loved ones.
The OCA's annual banquet is going to be held at
our usual place - the Orange County Mining Company
restaurant on November 4th. We'll be giving further
information soon - but be prepared to purchase tickets
at the coming OCA Meetings.
"every day we are connecting ever more photons
of light from distant galaxies to the eyes, hearts,
minds and imaginations of our members and others
in our community."
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