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

  • From: Steve D. <fester00@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <sac-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 18:12:39 -0700

  My commitment would be total, as is Dean's, (though he'll be stepping down 
next year after 16 years at the helm).  I wouldn't think of dropping it after 
my term as pres. is up, but I welcome your idea of a committee.  Dean assures 
me there's not as much work as it looks, as we'd have the help of the Forest 
Service taking care of their end.  He forwarded an email from the FS 
coordinator and she's very willing to help make NR a success.  I'll be calling 
her tomorrow.

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



> From: saguaroastro@xxxxxxx
> To: sac-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [sac-board] Re: Grand Canyon North Rim Sponsorship?
> Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 17:19:50 -0700
> Steve,
> 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
> www.saguaroastro.org
> saguaroastro@xxxxxxx 
> -----Original Message-----
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> On Behalf Of Steve D.
> Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 17:01
> To: SAC Board
> 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
> fester00@xxxxxxxxxxx
> http://www.stargazing.net/Astroman
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