[sac-board] Re: Grand Canyon North Rim Sponsorship?

  • From: "Rick Tejera" <saguaroastro@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <sac-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 17:19:50 -0700


I think this is a great idea as long as we have a commitment to keep it
moving beyond this year. Perhaps a Standing Committee could be formed to
coordinate things. 

While I certainly appreciate your willingness to take on the
responsibilities, I speak from personal experience that something that large
should have more than one person working it. Like it's SR counterpart, I can
see the event growing beyond your availability to ensure success.

My 3.43698 Hungarian Forints Worth

Clear Skies
Rick Tejera
President, Editor SACnews
Saguaro Astronomy Club
Phoenix, Arizona
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Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 17:01
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Subject: [sac-board] Grand Canyon North Rim Sponsorship?

Hi all,
  I got a call from Margie Williams New Year's Eve asking if Rosie and I
would like to coordinate the North Rim version of the 2008 Grand Canyon Star
Party.  I told her we'd think about it, and we've decided we'd be willing,
but I'd like to run it by SAC and see what happens.  I talked with Dean
Ketelson, who as you know has coordinated the South Rim for 17 years now.
He informs me that the term "Sponsor" is somewhat misleading, and it boils
down to mostly a single contact for volunteers and acting as liason to the
National Forest Service Rangers.  We would handle the wide range publicity
and they would take care of in-park publicity.
  The North Rim has pretty much always been a mish mash of organization, (no
offense, Margie), with the Utah club sort of in charge.  When the
coordinators disappeared a few years ago, any form of organization went with
them.  Margie, Jack and Chuch did an admirable job.  I'd very much like to
make it more structured and successful, as the South Rim is.  
  There are only a few things we'd need to do.
  First, I'd contact the designated Ranger to get things rolling, outlining
my intentions and org chart, as it were.
  Second, we'd have to change the info available to the main TAAA website on
GCSP 2008 saying the North Rim IS viable and whom to contact, (me).
  Third, set up our own web page on GCSPNR 2008 and coordinate with TAAA to
make sure our info is the same.
   Details to set up with NFS include setting aside camp sites for
volunteers, reserving the lecture hall for our traditional "Twilight Chats",
and publishing an info packet a'la Dean's volunteer packet.
  Distribution of the fee waivers and info packets have been converted to
email attachments, and Dean says there's no monetary output there anymore.
He had a slick banner printed up, (and approved as the only banner allowed
at SR), to announce the party to passers-by.  Could cost a couple hundred
bucks, so we'll need approval from the general membership.  Dean also has
included a "Complimentary Newsletter Membership" to TAAA for attending the
entire week.  I'd think we could do the same.  Since space is limited for
setup, we'd have to limit the number of volunteers so this shouldn't be much
of a problem either.
  Please let me know what you think ASAP, so I can get things rolling.
Grand Canyon North needs reservations early so they can be ready to open up
in May and we'll need to have a general idea as soon as possible.
  Thanks for your input.

Steve Dodder
President, Saguaro Astronomy Club
Director, Stone Haven Observatory


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