by William Murmann, CAA President
In spite of 100 percent cloud cover, thunder, and intermittent downpours, everyone seemed to have a good time Saturday (July 26) at our Annual Convention at Letha House.
About 39 guests attended the event, which included members, several spouses, and about 10 guests from the Black River, Chagrin Valley, and Mahoning Valley astronomy clubs.
We had a lot of good food. Thanks to VP Tim Campbell, who brought the usual supply of discount-priced brats, wieners, and sausages — thanks to Five-Star Meats for their generous support. Many thanks to Rich Whisler, who did all the grilling while being protected from the rain by Paul Leopold, Tim Campbell, and Marianne, who held umbrellas.
Many thanks to all those who brought yummy side dishes and desserts for the potluck supper. We had a great selection of food, ranging from brats and potato salad to pizza, fried chicken, watermelon, and cupcakes and pies, etc.
A special thank you to Gail Korylak who set up the food line and who with her husband Steve did most of the clean-up when it was time to leave. Gail and Steve have been a big help with our conventions for years.
Thanks also to Mike Williams and Jay Reynolds. Mike gave an interesting presentation about star charts. Jay discussed our observatory and gave lessons on the proper way to open and close its roof.
Special thanks to our Secretary Steve Gallant for all the work he did for months soliciting and collecting door prizes for our annual raffle. Thanks to Steve and our generous donors, we had a nice selection of prizes this year.
And speaking of door prizes, a big thank you to CAA member Joe Golias, owner of Astrozap, who donated $200 in gift certificates for this year’s event.
Finally, thanks to our Treasurer Suzie Dills, who did a ton of work signing people in, selling raffle tickets, making change, and keeping track of all the financial stuff. Suzie tells me that after paying for expenses the club made money on this year’s convention and raffle.
Thanks to all! Apologies if I missed anyone. Next year’s convention will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Hopefully, we’ll have better weather!