by Michael Mitrano
I have sent reminder postcards to members from last year who have not yet renewed, which has this far prompted six renewals. Our membership count is up to 55, which is ten fewer than at the same point a year ago.
Otherwise, financial activity has been minimal during the month. In February, we expect to take delivery and pay for the Mallincam video camera for the Simpson Observatory.
As an example of astronomical interest even in financial places, I called the AAAP’s bank to inquire about an unexpected charge and got into a conversation with the staff member who has just bought a telescope for her boyfriend.
On a cumulative basis at this date, the AAAP’s surplus remains about $25 thousand.