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Presidents Message: MBO and the community

Dear friends of Mount Burnett,

This week I would like to take you back to the inaugural meeting of our association. On the 11th of July 2011 Perry, Barry, Ray, Ken and myself met at Elevations in Emerald to form Mount Burnett Observatory. That was the easy part. More difficult was to decide on a statement of purpose for the association. After several coffees, and the odd hot chocolate here is what we came up with:

  1. To preserve the Mount Burnett Observatory for the benefit of the Society's members and the community.
  2. To educate the public in the science of Astronomy, disseminate astronomical knowledge, and encourage the observation of the Universe.
  3. To provide facilities to support members of the Society in the practice and study of Astronomy, including astronomical research.
  4. To collaborate actively with other institutions and groups, to the benefit of the Society's activities.
  5. To bring into closer association persons and institutions engaged inastronomy in order to cooperatively advance our knowledge.
  6. To pursue any other arrangements and activities conducive to the above purposes.

I think we have done pretty well on all those fronts! As we have discovered, particularly this year after being advertised in Cardinia Connect, there is an enormous demand for our services. Our Outreach group will be flat out this month with Public Viewings and sessions for schools, scout troops and guiding groups. Young Observers is going from strength to strength and Friday nights have never been more popular.

Mount Burnett Observatory now fills a very important role in the community as a focus for learning science. Prior to our formation nobody suspected there was a need for a body such as ours. Now nobody would dream of us not being here. On Friday I will be speaking to 150 children from Berwick Fields Primary School. I will be sure to tell them of the amazing things we have achieved together at MBO.

Yours in lithobraking,
James