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August 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

President’s Message

Me, called out of the TSA line at the airport.  Again.  My over-stuffed laptop bag has been unceremoniously pulled out of the x-ray machine for what must be its hundredth “bag check” since I bought it a few years ago.  This is a normal occurrence for me because of how I pack the bag, but I’m running a little late this time and I was hoping to avoid the encounter this time.   25 minutes until boarding.   If bags had eyes, he’d look at me and roll them like a Gemini.  “You brought this on yourself Wayne,” he’d say.

We have been through a lot, this bag and me.  I’m very particular about my work accessories, and I chose this bag for very specific qualities – for one, it’s a TSA-grade laptop bag, which means the laptop side separates just enough from the rest of the bag that it can supposedly go through the x-ray machine with less fuss and without taking the laptop out of the bag.  But I’m “that guy” who absolutely stuffs the bag full of cables and tools and gadgets and more cables, so when it goes through the machine, it looks more like a nova burst of constellations to the person behind the screen than a simple laptop bag.

So off to the TSA inspection table it goes.

“Is there anything in here that can poke me?” the TSA agent asks.  “I have a screwdriver in the front-facing pocket behind the business cards,” I answer in my oft-repeated, almost rehearsed line.  I’m a little worried about the time because my plane boards in about 20 minutes.  They comment about how many cables and tools and gadgets I have.  I agree; it’s for work.   I know not to ask them to hurry because while TSA can be slow, you do NOT want to ask a TSA agent to hurry up.  They remove the offending cables and prepare the bag to go through the machine again.

And then they remove something from the bag I wasn’t expecting.  Something I had left in the bag but had not intended to travel with at all.  And now I see that there’s only 15 minutes until boarding and I get really nervous.

It’s a judge’s gavel.  Wait, that’s ASNT’s gavel.  The gavel that Marie entrusted to me, and that was passed on to her.  The one that I was going to get names engraved on.  I had accidentally left it in my backpack and here I am at the airport and the TSA agent is eyeing me up and down while hefting this judge’s gavel in his hands, nudging his buddies like “hey boys, we got one.”

I play it cool, not letting on I’m nervous at all.  I say “isn’t that the coolest thing?  I was recently elected President of a non-profit here in North Texas that’s been around since 1972 and …” despite all the Leo charm I could muster, and despite trying to win them over with confidence… they would not let it through.  They have a little mailer box where you can mail yourself things you accidentally left in your bag like a knife, but it was too big for that mailer box.  My flight now was boarding in about 7 minutes.  The charm seemed to work a little because I could tell the TSA agent was sad that he couldn’t help.  He offered to help me get to the FedEx office right outside and walk me back in, bypassing security, but FedEx wasn’t open yet.   He even called over the manager and gave me the number of the company who handles the objects to see if I could negotiate something with them, but he’s never heard of anyone getting anywhere with them.

So, one month in and I’ve managed to get ASNT’s gavel confiscated by an agent of one of the highest law enforcement agencies this nation has ever had.   If that’s not a sample of the impact one person can have, I don’t know what is.

I’ll have a new gavel on order very soon.

As a reminder, the board still has openings for Programs Director, Publicity Chair and Technology Chair.  You can learn more about these positions on our website at asntx.com under “About Us”.

Astrologically Yours,

Wayne Hall
ASNT President 2017-present

July 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Happy 4th of July!

For Independence Day, we in the United States celebrate the official birth of a new nation as we broke free of the British Empire almost 250 years ago.

This holiday brings on bold patriotic themes, thoughts of the “motherland” and strong protective instincts among us.  Our families come together, and people remember the past and focus on memories, sometimes very emotional in nature or tough to process.  Maybe it’s happening like that on its own, or maybe it’s getting some help from the Sun – it *is* passing through the sign of Cancer right now, after all.  All those things sound very Cancerian, don’t you think?

Our ASNT group is also celebrating a new birth of sorts – the birth of a new Board.  I’d like to thank our previous Board members – Marie Loeb, who has served as our President and has been elected as our new Treasurer; Christy Hall, who has served as Programs Director and has been elected as our new Secretary; and Sylvia Dunton, who has served as our Hospitality Chair.  We gained a new Hospitality Chair, Linda Gregory, and we continue to have Chris Light as Newsletter and Ryhan Butler as Membership Chair.

I might even go so far as to call this a “stellar” cast, but I know you would see right through that obvious astrological word play.  So I’ll steer clear from the groan-worthy puns and just say the new board has aspects sure to please, and there will be elements everyone will enjoy, at least to a degree.  A sign of a productive board is to be squarely aligned with its members, and not eclipse its charter, so we cast our focus on your needs.  Hopefully there’s no opposition to this goal, and we’re given the latitude to succeed.  We just have to “plan it” and get it done.  We could use your help to get our house in order–– Programs Chair and Publicity are the two remaining positions that still remain void and we’d rather they become full.

We look forward to serving you in this coming year.

Astrologically Yours,

Wayne Hall
ASNT President 2017-present

June 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Welcome Summertime!

As we ring in the new month of June, this is where I leave you as President of ASNT and take over as your Treasurer.

For the past 2.5 years, I had the rare privilege of serving as your President, a duty bestowed upon me rather quickly.  It was the members’ confidence in me that brought me on board and the existing Board members are wonderful to work with, which made the transition an easy endeavor.

We made great strides in those two years to update this organization, whether it be through the formalities of legal paperwork, by-laws, dues structure, and even the meeting formats.  Looking for a more centralized meeting location still remains on our radar.

Yes, it was a lot of work, but now everyone gets to reap the rewards as we bring this group into the new age of technology and meeting formats.  We even have a Skype presentation coming up later this year!

At present, there are currently two board positions needed to be filled:  Programs Director and Publicity.  If either of these strikes your interest, please let a Board member know.

So, as I end this, I’d like to congratulate Wayne Hall for his election to the Presidency, Linda Gregory as our new Hospitality Chair, and Christy Hall for talking over as Secretary.

Best Wishes,
Marie Loeb

ASNT President 2015-2017

May 2017 Newsletter

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

Welcome!
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

 

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