NSS Florida Chapter Meeting Minutes from 4/14/05

Cocoa Public Library, Cocoa, Florida



Jack Fox, President

Bob Waterman, VP

Keith Britton, Treasurer

Matt Hegler

Fred Becker, long-time NSS member from Houston and new member for us!  Welcome!


Meeting Called to Order at 5:10 p.m.


Began with general discussion of the confirmation of Michael Griffin as NASA Administrator, today’s Space Shuttle tanking test and Return To Flight, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate published progress, and recent progress made by Space X.

Fred Becker shared with the group how his previous chapter in Houston operated. 

  • Very small business meetings at someone’s house
  • Regular meetings had speakers.  Normal attendance was 50 members.  Often had former astronauts as speakers.  Was very important to have a “wow” speaker to ensure strong attendance.  Had free use of college lecture halls at University of Houston.  These meetings were the focus of the chapter. 
  • From time to time used a phone tree to call elected officials about critical issues. 
  • Published and mailed out a newsletter.  Had folding and stamping parties at people’s homes. 
  • Often attended as a chapter events held by other space-related groups such as AIAA
  • Used local newspapers to advertise meeting notices (this is normally free). 

Treasurer reported $228 in account.

Everyone agreed that meetings will return to being the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at a local watering hole.  Kings Duck Inn on Merritt Island seen as most convenient. 

Every 4th meeting will have a speaker at 7:30 p.m. and be held at Florida Space Authority’s large meeting room.  They are located just outside the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Everyone agreed to put the word out to friends, co-workers, neighbors and family about our Chapter.

Jack to do the KSC Daily News notice.

Next meeting will focus on GOALS for what our chapter can do for Florida Space 2005 (which is the former Space Congress event now moved to November). 


Meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.



Upcoming Meetings:


Tuesday May 10, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at KDI – Business Meeting

Tuesday June 14, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at KDI – Business Meeting

Tuesday July 12, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. at FSA – Business Meeting followed by a Speaker Meeting at 7:30 p.m.