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April 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

President’s Message April 2017

Hello to the month of April!

The board has searched high and low for a more central meeting location, and the hunt continues! Persistence will pay off, we will find the location!!

The one big, important board position that remains open is that of the Programs Director. Without this slot filled, we are going to have a challenge if bringing the quality programs that we have had in recent years past. Please give this some thought and come forward if you would like to fill this need. Remember, we only need for lecturers to speak for 5 programs a year, not 11 like in the past. With the new rotating meeting format, this position has become easier than in the past.

It’s a month of retrogrades, three planets are turning retrograde with two having already turned. So, it’s time to re-evaluate practically everything!! Since my January President’s Message did not get published this year, I’ll give you a little excerpt out of it, so we can all RE-ASSESS!! Spring time = spring cleaning!

  1. What did you like in your life during the past year?
  2. What did you not like during the past year?
  3. What are you going to do different going forward?

How about volunteering to be on the ASNT Board!! We would love to have you!

See you on April 9th!!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-2017

March 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and welcome Spring Equinox!!

It’s off and running with our new group exercise format. January was well received and we are on the bi-monthly cycle now with the formal lecture/presenters. So, bring your favorite deciphering tools and reference material with you for the March meeting.

We are also going to present the top picks of new locations at this meeting as decide on one of them.

Also, Rhyan is going to explain and start the dues prorating and new structure voted on last year.

And if that’s not enough, we have several slots coming open on the Board of Directors that we would love to have new members on!! Please read the notice elsewhere in the newsletter for detail.

See you on March 12th!!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-2017

February 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

ASNT has started our changes to the program formats and it was a SMASHING SUCCESS!! Our first meeting of the year used the format of a Group Exercise. This month, we rotate to the previous format of a guest speaker. Between what the membership knew about the person we were discussing, or different methods of interpretation, what we unearthed about our chart subjects grew quite interesting. Where the monthly speakers have remained more at a “higher concept level”, the Group Exercises now allow us to gather the experience of the whole group attending. This month, we have two speakers. Please refer to the article in this newsletter.

Last month Wayne Hall was our “Unbiased Moderator”. Please refer to his articles on the preparation for any Group Exercise in this newsletter. Bring your color-coded markers and other astrology deciphering tools as needed for your style and preference.

Another implemented facet is the collection of $5.00 for members at the door and $10.00 for nonmembers for the Group Exercise sessions. The months where we have a formal speaker/lecture, (this month and every other month) we will be collecting $10.00 from members and $20.00 from non-members. We can take cash, check or credit card.

Location, location, location! We are still looking for a more centralized location, but have narrowed it down to a few good ones, one of which comes to us at no cost. After last month’s door fees ($50.00 total) plus a potential savings on the meeting space, I figure we would be putting around $75 – $80 a month in the bank. Some food for thought there!

Best Wishes, and see you on the 12th at First Jefferson UU in Ft. Worth!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-2017

December 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Happy Holidays!

Whew! As we look back at the year and all the wonderful progress we made, we get to reap the rewards going into the beginning of 2017.
We started with Frank Clifford as our 2016 workshop speaker, then we spent time accessing the by-laws and applying the desired budget to the dues. While quite a lengthy process, there was a lot of cleanup work and much progress was made. The new bylaws and dues structure was approved in the fall. My sincere thanks to my fellow board members for all of their hard work, long meetings hammering through the details, and my thanks to the general membership for passing your new by-laws!

Along with this includes our new meeting format, rotating between a group exercise and a more formal lecture from a speaker. We are also exploring our workshops being via Skype in that were can avoid the travel costs that typically incur.

Last, but not least, the board has been working on a centralized meeting location is on the horizon! We are checking out the possibilities and will present the findings to the general membership at one of our meetings and have a vote.

Be sure not to miss our Holiday party for out December meeting. Details are in this newsletter!

Please have a wonderful, safe, holiday season, and I hope to see you on December 11th at Little Italy Pasta and Pizza and at our January 15th meeting – same time, same place.

Happy 2017 – and Go Cowboys!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-2016

November 2016 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Location, Location, Location!!

At our last General Membership Meeting and presentation in October, we discussed our quest to find a new meeting location more congruent to accommodate our present growth, future needs for our new format of rotating group exercises and lectures, including A/V equipment if possible, and cognizant of our tight budget. I expressed a concern with the extremely large influx of people to North Dallas via many corporate relocations, two of which are huge, and the distinct possibility of a competing astrology group emerging if we are not more accessible to all.

The areas we are trying to concentrate on mostly are the Las Colinas, Irving, and Grapevine areas.  Essentially, near the DFW airport. At present, we have several candidate locations we will discuss at our next meeting. If you know of any locations, please let the board know so we can evaluate them against our needed criteria and repeat availability.

Switching gears here, it’s Harvest Super Moon time! That big, orange moon that reminds us of cool crisp air, apple cider, hay rides and pumpkins from the garden (at least that’s my recollection; I grew up on 80 acres in Michigan!) arrives on November 14th in the 4th house of earth sign, farming Taurus. Time to reap, and to eat!

I hope to see you at our next meeting the day before that, on November 13th. Happy Thanksgiving, and Go Cowboys!

Marie Loeb
ASNT President 2015-2016

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 2015-2016

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

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