President’s Message for September 2017

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September 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

Serving the astrological community of North Texas is what ASNT was formed to do.  Back in 1972, a group of astrologers came together and decided to be a source of education to the community about astrology.  That mission continues today, with monthly meetings and periodic workshops brought to you with that same goal in mind – find what the community would like to know more about, and marry that curiosity with the people in the field that can provide the answers to the questions being asked.

This past month we were very pleased to host Maurielle Balczon from Houston, where we were educated by and engaged with her full display of jewelry and astrologically-relevant stones.  If you missed her this past month, and have a chance to see her speak in the future, you owe it to yourself to attend her presentations.  As she spoke of the concept of Adornment, and Symbolism of the self and how one’s Natal Chart might be embodied in one’s appearance, I gained a greater understanding of the elements that make up my own appearance.  She also clearly explained the physiological reactions we have to different colors, and how that might impact people’s reactions to us, or our reactions to others, or our environments.  Personally, since I’m in sales, I picked up some tips and tricks I might take with me in some of my own presentations.

As a group, we continue with our series of alternating speaker-led lecture series with group exercises.  Your feedback is critical, particularly since we do not currently have a Programs Director.  In the absence of a dedicated person to find speakers or topics, if you can suggest a topic or even a person you know who might want to speak (or if YOU would like to speak), we would love to hear about it.  We have opened up the speaker pool to having a remote speaker talking to us over a video feed so now the entire World is our Oyster – in October we will have our first remote speaker!

This Labor Day Weekend, we celebrate the creation of the labor movement and the social and economic achievement of the American Worker.  We take a day off to say “thank you” to those who have served and helped build this country.

Speaking of serving, , the board still has openings for Programs Director, Publicity Chair and Technology Chair.  We only have six of the required nine positions filled, and really could use some help.  There are many benefits to being on the board – not the least of which is having a monthly phone call with some rather enthusiastic people!  You can learn more about these positions on our website at asntx.com under “About Us”.  Skip the meeting fees!  Be a board member.

Astrologically Yours,

Wayne Hall
ASNT President 2017-present

President’s Message for August 2017

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August 2017 Newsletter – ASNT 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

President’s Message for July 2017

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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 2017-2019

President’s Message for June 2017

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June 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message

President’s Message June 2017

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

 

President’s Message for April 2017

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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

 

President’s Message for March 2017

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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

 

President’s Message for February 2017

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February 2016 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

 

 

President’s Message for December 2016

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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

 

President’s Message for November 2016

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ASNT November Newsletter – 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!