Minutes for Meeting of NNJM

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017 (rescheduled from February 12 due to inclement weather)

Where: 71 Becker Avenue, Rochelle Park, NJ (Angela’s home)

Who attended: Robert Curtis, Angela Daidone, Keith Armonaitis, Lynn Cutler, Bill Holzmann

Bob called the meeting to order at 1:02 p.m. The minutes of the November 27, 2016 meeting were presented and accepted by unanimous vote.

Local Secretary’s report

  1. Nisha Zoeller has announced the results of the annual scholarship essay contest. Albert Appouh of Maplewood was the winner. She also sent on 16 essays (including the Wendy Sailer winner) to the next level of judging for regional, which will be determined later this year. 

  2. Angela informed the committee that she has six interested parties for testing and she is planning to set a date in mid-late March at the Rochelle Park Library.

  3. Lynn also informed the committee that she is interested in becoming a proctor and will possibly look into that soon.

  4. Lynn informed the committee that she is going to pursue several ideas for membership events, including a family game night, hopefully in the spring.

  5. Stephanie has not scheduled any programs for the Gifted Youth in a while. Bob has tried several times to contact her, with no response as yet.

Treasurer’s report

Bill presented a financial report, including a proposed budget for 2017. All were unanimously approved by the committee.

IMprint Editor’s report

Juliette was not present for the meeting.

Webmaster’s report

Keith said the website has been migrated to a new server and the spam software has been changed, with very positive results so far.

Program Coordinator’s report

Keith is meeting again with the Morris County Astronomy Club and will hopefully coordinate with the Morris County Museum a lecture and telescope setting event in the near future. He will share the information as soon as it is available.

Old Business

None

New Business

Angela reported that she has received an email from a parent whose child is a member but is unsure whether to renew membership or not, based on the lack of activities for the younger members. Angela will be in touch with the parent.

Angela also said she will reach out to the scholarship winner for follow up and/or press possibilities. Bill will do the same with regard to presenting the check.

We discussed a possible date for the annual picnic and tentatively selected Sunday, Aug. 13 at Van Saun Park in Paramus.

The next executive committee meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at Angela’s home.

Keith moved to adjourn the meeting at 1:45 p.m. with Angela seconding the motion.