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October 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

This is something we will just have to play with a bit in order to get the best format, flow and benefit for everyone. This will be much more exciting to hear of the multiple points of views.

Soon we will also be changing the location of our General Membership location. More on that at our October meeting, so be sure to join us!

While General Membership dues will remain the same, there will be a charge for the meetings themselves.  As far as we can tell, this is the first raise in the dues structure in around 15 years!

I hope to see you at our next meeting on October 9th and brace for that Aries Supermoon on the 16th and Happy Halloween!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-201

September 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Hello fellow member, fall and another eclipse season!

Quite appropriate that the eclipse is in the Pisces/Virgo houses as your Board has been busy behind the scenes strategizing, and re-organizing the by-laws. As far as we can tell, they haven’t been updated or dues increased in around 15 years.

All members should have received the proposed by-law changes via e-mail before our last general membership meeting. These were discussed at the August meeting and will be put to a vote at the September meeting. The other changes we are initiating in January is to follow a format found successful by other groups in that they rotate between group exercises and lectures from guests. we will start with the group exercise, and then rotate to the lecture. This will allow us to have three different levels of education: 1) peer to peer discussion, 2) expert/guest lectures and 3) annual workshops (some via Skype) for more advanced instruction.

Annual dues are presently due on the month the member joined, requiring a continual dues collection 365 days a year. We are looking to move that to March 1st and prorate dues for those who are due from now until the beginning of next year. We aligned this with the horoscope houses, avoided holiday and tax season bill recuperation timeframes.

This is an exciting new journey for us and has been proven successful by others, so we are confident that this will take us in a much needed direction so that we can attract quality speakers and material.

I hope to see you at our next meeting on September 11th!

Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2016

August 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

July 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

The winds they are a changing! As you may have heard, the Board has been busy with evaluating our monthly format for speakers, cleaning up the by-laws and the dues structure, as well as finding a more centrally located meeting space. But one thing at a time! As was presented at the June meeting, we are looking at a meeting format similar to what other astrological organizations in Texas have adopted. This will give us an opportunity to dial into subject matter at a deeper level rather than our present format, that sometimes comes to us rather cold turkey, and in and out the door of our rented space in 1.5 – 2 hours. The proposed new format utilizes an alternating schedule starting with Group Discussions/Group Exercises one month, then the next month having an invited and paid speaker delving deeper into the subject. If we find this is a subject matter that the group wants to explore even further, then we can entertain hosting a workshop / symposium. To keep costs down, we will look into doing this via Skype or other on-line camera based communication format if the lecturer is at a distance not congruent to easy Texas travel.

So as we organize, expand, and transform which will eventually grow our organization, (Jupiter in Virgo in 8th house & Uranus in Aries in the 2nd house; ASNT’s current transits) we are going to need YOUR input! With astrology, there is an endless subject matter list, and we will need to find out your educational interests. So please give some thought to this, as we will need to plan out next year’s programs and line up speakers before their schedules fill up. We will take a survey to deduct interests on subject matter soon. See you July 10th!

Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2016

June 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President Message

Happy Summer Solstice and Happy Birthday Gemini’s!

As we enter our summer vacation months, your board has been working on a re-vamp of the ASNT bylaws.  It’s been quite a few years since this has been addressed, and now with the big workshops behind us, we have taken a huge first step in getting the by-laws to reflect how the group really functions, and the needs of the group addressed. Between discussing the committee types and duties, board position types and duties, and the dues structure, we had a four hour meeting working on getting it all together. I will of course, be presenting it at a future meeting for discussion and a vote.

The future vitality and quality of our presentations and speakers relies on being able to pay for their travel and accommodations at the least. Without a new surgence of fees, this will not be possible. As far as we can tell, the dues have not been raised in nearly 20 years.

We are also in the process of trying to find a new meeting space location more centrally located within the DFW area near the mid-cities/Las Colinas areas. If you have any suggestions, please let one of the board members know. At present, we pay $30.00 per monthly meeting for 2.5 hours with no contract for our space.

See you at our June 12th meeting for our presentation from Houston’s own Kim McSherry!

Marie Loeb, ASNT President 2016

May 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

President’s Message May 2016

It’s ‘Re’ month! Re-do, re-plan, re-model, re-structure, re-access, re-power. With 5 out of 10 planets retrograde this month, it’s time to catch up with life. Been putting things on the back burner for some time? Well, now is the time to spring forward and clean house.

Our most common offender, Mercury, is retrograde, as he does three times a year, then add madman Mars to the equation to conjure up a little conflict and “go-get-em” attitude, with Jupiter looking over our shoulders pushing us to expand out of our comfort zone. Mix in a little Saturnian attitude providing some structure and boundaries, and last but not least, our generational transforming planet, Pluto is doing a little clean-up work as well – gosh, must be with the election situations.

I would like to thank all of those that attended April’s yearly workshop with the London Astrology Schools own Frank Clifford here is Dallas for three days to spend with us.  Held at the Wingate by Windham hotel in Las Colinas, we learned everything from detecting health problems via palmistry, to Solar Arcs and Jupiter aspects and the Gauquelin Zones was discussed as Frank expanded our minds. Our deep thanks go out to him. Lunch was by Taco Diner of las Colinas and was the perfect complement to the day.

Keep posted for next year’s workshop as we prepare and welcome suggestions.

As tradition has it, we skip the May meeting due to falling right on Mother’s Day. But please join us next month on the second Sunday of the month, same time, same place.

Marie Loeb,  ASNT President 2015-2016

March 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Happy International Astrology Day – Sunday, March 20th! (or 19th depending where you are on the globe)

Why this particular day? It’s the day the marks the move to the beginning of the zodiac: Aries – ruler of the first house. The cardinal sign and the hint of spring is on its way. it’s also the day of Equinox.

But let’s survive through the two eclipses first. Eclipses are always two weeks apart from each other. In this case, we kick off a Pisces Solar Eclipse and Super moon on March 8-9th. Pisces is apparently hosting a swimming pool party. If you’ve seen how many planets are crowded in the sign, you will know what I mean. Be sure to bring your swimsuit – and no splashing!

As the sun rounds its presence in the 12th and last of the zodiac houses, and in the 12th, it’s time to heal, hear, clean out the garbage (both your closet and your mind) and strap on your boots for the entry into Aries.

A few days later – the 23rd – comes that second Eclipse (a partial Eclipse). This time a Lunar Eclipse in Libra (Aries opposite sign) this should be a bit easier than the first one. The focus this time is on partnerships, and relations with the public. So evaluate, take stock and action here, but don’t start a new relationship at an eclipse.

As for club news, we edge closer to our Workshop with Frank Clifford from the United Kingdom and one of the editors of Mountain astrologer magazine. This has been a long awaited arrival that I know we are all anxious for. Remember to register on-line at ASNTX.com

Happy Spring!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-2016

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