August Blitz, part 1: Congressman Gene Green

The Clear Lake Area Chapter started off the August Legislative Blitz a month early, as three Chapter representatives met with Congressman Gene Green (D, TX-29) in one of his local Houston offices on July 21st. Present were Eric Bowen, chapter president and constituent of Congressman Green as well as Douglas Hall, the chapter’s vice president and David Cheuvront, member of the NSS policy committee. The meeting was friendly and engaging, and the Congressman indicated interest and receptivity to the proposals from the Alliance for Space Development.

If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to take the first step of reaching out to and meeting with your own representative by signing up for the August Blitz at https://tinyurl.com/2017AugustBlitzSignup. The next regular meeting for the Clear Lake Area chapter will be held at the Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park on Monday evening, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

From left: Dave Cheuvront, Eric Bowen, Doug Hall, Congressman Gene Green.

The August Legislative “Blitz”:

August is the month in which Congressmen traditionally return to their districts for recess. This August, we are asking you to make a personal appointment to meet with your U. S. Representative in his/her local Houston office in order to briefly talk about some legislative items of special interest to NSS. For this year, those items include:

  • ULCATS – “Ultra Low Cost Access To Space”. This program is intended to radically reduce the cost of sending payloads to orbit and beyond.
  • Cis-Lunar Commercialization – Proposals intended to encourage the development and growth of a spacefaring economy in the Earth-Moon sphere, to include both LEO and GEO and the Earth-Moon LaGrange points.
  • NEOCAM – Proposal for a satellite camera system to detect and monitor Near Earth Objects with potential for planetary defense against asteroids and other threats.

If you sign up you will receive background material so that you go into your appointment informed, as well as additional printed information to leave with your Congressman afterwards. At your request, we will attempt to have a chapter officer go with you for additional support if you desire. You should also feel welcome to bring up other items of personal interest to you which need not be on the NSS legislative agenda.

If you’re willing to participate…

  1.  Go on line and look up your Congressional representative and his/her contact information at: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
  2. Next, go on line with NSS and register to participate in the August blitz at: https://tinyurl.com/2017AugustBlitzSignup using the information you found in step 1.
  3. You will be contacted by a national or local August Blitz coordinator who will help develop a strategy for reaching out and coordinating efforts in your district. You will also be provided information to help you prepare for your meeting.

Chapter Officers will be attempting to meet with our two United States Senators from Texas, but we need each individual one of you to reach out to your own Congressman in your own district. Every voice counts!

Two Important Chapter Business Items

There are two important items of Chapter business for our June 19th meeting:

First, a new charter for the NSS Chapters Assembly (of which our Chapter is a member) has been proposed. It is close to receiving approval for ratification, but it is also nearing the deadline for ratification. We will be discussing whether or not to ratify this proposed charter in the meeting. The proposed charter is available to review here: [Chapter Assembly proposed Charter]. The present charter from 1988 may be compared here: [Charter of the NSS Chapters’ Assembly-1988].

Additionally, we have been asked as a Chapter to participate in the August legislative “blitz”. August is the month in which Congressional representatives traditionally come home to their districts for recess. If you are willing to participate, we will ask you to make a personal appointment with your Congressional representative when he (she) returns to his home office. If possible, one of the chapter officers will accompany you for support. You will be given some “talking points” for items of major concern to NSS as an organization and of course you may bring up items of personal concern to you. The meeting should be brief and simple, focusing on only a couple of important topics, but personal contact is very important when trying to make these connections with those entrusted with the leadership of our nation. If you are available and willing to participate, please let me know at the meeting or by email.

UPDATE 2017-06-20: If you are willing to participate in the August Blitz, please look up your Congressional district and representative’s name and then go to this link to sign up as a potential participant.

Summertime Social and Pool Party! Saturday, July 8th 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Anita Gale is hosting our Chapter’s annual summertime social and pool party in her home at 18506 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, across NASA 1 and down the road just a few blocks from the Space Center on Saturday, July the 8th from 4:00 p.m. through 9:00. This year’s party will feature a Shrimp Boil, but burgers, hot dogs, sides and salads will be available as well.

We would appreciate an RSVP email to info@nss-houston-moon.org so that we know how many to plan for. No charge for the party, but contributions towards the refreshments will be accepted with our thanks. We also welcome contributions of appetizers/snacks or desserts. Children are welcome with appropriate adult supervision.

In the event of inclement weather on Saturday, July 8th the party will be rescheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, July 9th…. Edit 2017-06-28: Our shrimp chef is not available on Sunday, so we will go through with the party on Saturday afternoon rain or shine.

June meeting: Monday the 19th, 7:00 p.m.

The next regular meeting of the Clear Lake Area National Space Society & Moon Society chapter will be on Monday, June 19th in the conference room of the Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park. Doors open at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments, sodas and bottled water will be available. The address is 5002 NASA Road 1; Seabrook, Texas. The Community Center is north of NASA 1, away from the lake; enter through the side door adjacent to the parking lot as the main entrance may be locked after 5:00 p.m.

Special Notice: Marianne Dyson eBook 90% off on Amazon – One Day Only! (March 8th)

Our chapter’s own Marianne Dyson, former NASA flight controller and long-time Board member, is also a well-known science fiction and space author. Her memoir A Passion for Space has been selected by Amazon for their March 8th Kindle Daily Deal in conjunction with International Women’s Month. The regular list price of the book is $39.99; the Daily Deal price for the eBook will be only $3.99…90% off! (See Marianne’s web site if you’d like to purchase an autographed hard copy of her book at her regular selling price.)

I’d also like to mention that as of right now Marianne has a short story published in the current issue of Analog, available at Barnes & Noble and other good bookstores and newsstands.

[NOTE: This notice and the associated e-mailing are presented as a courtesy to our member Marianne Dyson. The Clear Lake Area Chapter is a 501c3 nonprofit and is receiving no compensation either for posting this message or from sales of these works.]

February 2017 Meeting Update

The Clear Lake Area Chapter held a very successful meeting the evening of February 27th, 2017. There were several new faces present and some important business was transacted. As originally discussed in our meeting last October, some bylaws changes were made which were intended to formalize the update process in the future and also to open up some director positions for increased participation. The detailed update is here with text being struck in red and new text which was adopted in green. The complete text is posted on our “About the Chapter” page.

With the adoption of the new bylaws, Chapter and Moon Society member Dr. Larry Friesen became eligible for the newly designated director position #3. As he was nominated and elected as a provisional director last October in anticipation of this revision, he assumed the seat immediately upon the adoption of the new bylaws. Congratulations, Larry, and welcome to the Board!

In other Chapter news, advance planning has begun for a “Yuri’s Night” party on Wednesday, April 12th and for our second summer social and pool party on Saturday, July 8th. Details are still being confirmed, but if you want to be sure to receive the notification then sign up for our Chapter Events mailing list using the form in the sidebar!

 

Rain-Out!

The regular February 20th meeting of the Clear Lake Area National Space Society & Moon Society Chapter is being postponed for a week due to a forecast of heavy rains and an official flash flood warning all day Monday the 20th. After confirming availability with our host, the Bay Area Community Center, we plan to reschedule for the evening of Monday, February 27th.

First Word From the Moon?

Okay. At our recent movie night a guest called me on the carpet and gave me ‘what for’ regarding the tagline I have used on this web site and on our chapter promotional material: “Houston: First Word From the Moon!” His objection is that “Houston” was NOT the first word from the Moon. Okay. Here’s the sequence, from the official transcripts:

  • The tip of Eagle‘s landing gear probe touches the lunar surface look these up. Aldrin, monitoring, calls out, “Contact light!”
  • Armstrong calls out, “Shutdown.” Aldrin replies, “Okay hno8hrc. Engine stop.”
  • Aldrin calls out, “ACA out of Detent.” Armstrong replies, “Out of Detent. Auto.”
  • Aldrin says, “Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.”
  • Charlie Duke breaks in with a transmission from Earth, “We copy you down, Eagle.”
  • However, Armstrong and Aldrin still have some housekeeping to perform. Armstrong says, “Engine arm is off.” He pauses.
  • Then, Armstrong makes the first communication of intelligence specifically directed from humans on another celestial body to humans on Earth: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

The tagline stands as is.

Chapter Christmas Party December 12, 2016

Our annual chapter Christmas party will be held in a local member’s home on the evening of Monday, December 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. We plan to have a variety of appetizers and snacks as well as adult and soft beverages. If you can bring a dish or dessert, we will accept with thanks. For directions and more information send an RSVP email to <a href="mailto:info@nss-houston-moon cymbalta cost.org”>info@nss-houston-moon.org and let us know how many will be coming. We look forward to seeing you there!