There has been much speculation, rumor and confusion about NEAF (also known as the Northeast Astronomy Forum) for 2013.
Please read the below press release. It should answer many questions most of you are asking about the show. Rockland Astronomy Club (a non-profit organization) thanks all of you for your participation and support.
Rockland Astronomy Club Inc. Board of Directors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2012
Rockland Astronomy Club Announces 501©-3 Status and 2013 NEAF Dates
Suffern, NY - The Rockland Astronomy Club, Inc. (RAC) is proud to announce that it is now a 501©-3
non-profit corporation. The new legal status of the club will allow RAC to expand its important astronomy
and science outreach activities while continuing to present its highly regarded and influential community oriented
events. The non-profit designation will also encourage and allow the use of tax-free contributions
and grants to enhance the club's mission.
The Certificate of Incorporation officially states the purposes of Rockland Astronomy Club, Inc.:
“To expand public awareness of the universe and to further an appreciation of astronomy and space sciences
through the collaboration and organization of educational programs and events; such as lecture
series held at local colleges hosted by well-known researchers and professors, space and astronomy fairs
for middle and high school students, telescope observing events for schools of all grade levels as well as
similar opportunities for the general public; to disseminate information on astronomy and space sciences
and generally share our passion with all that have a curiosity in the subject.”
The reorganized club has a new Board of Directors currently comprised of RAC Officers Jose Alvira,
Frank Bifulco, Jim Burnell, Mies Hora, Joe Moskowitz, Keith Murdock, Al Nagler, Bill Thys, Ed Siemenn,
and Bernie Sokolowski.
“As a 501©-3 charitable organization run by volunteers, a large part of our mission is to encourage the
public to come out and participate in our free educational space science and astronomy outreach activities,”
said RAC Officer Ed Siemenn. “In addition to our larger, more famous events, RAC holds a Children's
Astronomy Fair (in association with the Town of Ramapo’s NASA Challenger Center in Suffern, NY),
monthly lectures, special events, local star parties, and the Summer Star Party (SSP) family camping event,
as well as the annual dinner for members.”
Al Nagler, one of the original founders of the current RAC and also founder of Tele Vue Optics, Inc.
recently said, “I asked longtime member Mies Hora to return to the executive committee to assist the club
in navigating the complexities of running this burgeoning enterprise, as well as setting up our non-profit
status, which was accomplished on June 28th of this year.” Mr. Hora, a communication design entrepreneur,
stated “I am pleased to have the opportunity to again work with Mr. Nagler, Mr. Siemenn, and the
other wonderful hard-working members and volunteers that have made this one of the most dynamic and
influential astronomy clubs in the world today.”
RAC was founded in 1958. It was rejuvenated and reorganized in the early ‘80s with its all-volunteer tradition
and communal spirit. RAC currently has 250 members and is the producer of the largest astronomy
event in the country; the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) which is in its 22nd outstanding year.
With its prominent speakers and presenters from the international community of space and astronomy, and
a solar observing party, the annual extravaganza attracts more than 120 educational and equipment vendors,
and 4,000 visitors from many continents. The show is run in conjunction with another RAC event, the
Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference (NEAIC), a popular gathering of professional and amateur astronomers
interested in the advancing art and technology of celestial imaging, which is also one of the largest of
its kind. NEAF and NEAIC are non-profit events held for the benefit of the astronomical community.
RAC is organizing its 22nd Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) to be held on April 20 - 21, 2013 at its
regular venue, Rockland Community College, in Suffern, New York.
For further information about the Rockland Astronomy Club, Inc., its events and activities, please visit
our web site: www.rocklandastronomy.com or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the RAC
Hotline for times and dates of upcoming events at 845-47STARS.
NEAF-NORTHEAST ASTRONOMY FORUM IS A RAC EVENT!
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