Our Australian Sister Society:
A Warm Welcome and Hello to our Mates Down Under!
THE SISTER PROJECT
In the fall of 2004, Robert Price of the Australian Society suggested to Sam Bissette of the American Society that the two organizations form a "Sister Society" relationship. These two amateur astronomical societies are very similar in size, programs, and activities with the unusual situation that each is located in the two different hemispheres of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It is believed that an ongoing series of interaction between the two groups would be interesting and informative to their respective memberships. A presentation to the memberships of both groups received a strong measure of support and the planning began.
Sam Bissette and Bob Price, who will represent the AWAS, had a ten year friendship which began in 1995 when they collaborated on a research study of the Southern Hemisphere involving the astromicroscopy method of astronomical observing originated by Bissette. Sam passed away in November of 2005, leaving this as one of his many contributions to our Society.
Click here to read the News Release: ASAW-CFAS News Release - January, 2005
THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF ALBURY-WODONGA
The ASAW draws members from the twin cities of Albury, which is in the State of New South Wales and Wodonga, which is in the State of Victoria, and the surrounding smaller towns within a wide regional area. The Club has 30-plus members with a wide range of skills and knowledge that enables them to undertake interesting meetings and activities. They recently finished building 18 x 114 mm (4.5") Dobsonian telescopes.
Click here to visit the ASAW website: The Astronomical Society of Albury-Wodonga.
Nyagag durd mayo (Aboriginal for 'Look to the sky')
Both societies share the belief that this Sister Society (sister club, informally) relationship is quite worthwhile and will be a pleasant addition to the activities of each organization. We also hope that there are other astronomical clubs and societies already doing this but if not that our attempt will be helpful as an example to follow.