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International Planetarium Society Election 2008

The ballot deadline was 5:00pm, EST (U.S.), Friday, December 5, 2008
and the IPS ballot page is no longer accessible.

Candidate Statements

President-Elect: David Weinrich ---||||--- Mark Rigby

Secretary: Lee Ann Hennig ---||||--- Treasurer: Shawn Laatsch

Proposed Amendments to IPS By-Laws

 


 

President-Elect: David Weinrich -|- Mark Rigby
Secretary: Lee Ann Hennig -|-Treasurer: Shawn Laatsch
Proposed Amendments to IPS By-Laws -|- Top of page

Lee Ann Hennig

Candidate

IPS Office of Secretary

Lee Ann Hennig

Candidate’s Statement

BIOGRAPHY:

Lee Ann has been a member of IPS since 1972 and a planetarian and astronomy teacher since graduating from college. She teaches at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lee Ann has a B.S. in Astronomy/Mathematics and an M.S. in Secondary Science Education/Astronomy from the University of Maryland. She has served on many committees, held offices, and participated in conferences associated with IPS, MAPS, and other organizations.

STATEMENT:

I have served as IPS Secretary since 1995 and have increased my level of efficiency with each year of experience. The secretary’s position requires attention to detail, accurate record keeping, and organization and communication skills. Although these issues are not unique to the secretarial position, they are crucial to the effectiveness of the office.
I am grateful for the opportunities and experience I gained from my positions in MAPS and other organizations and situations which allowed me to learn and practice many of the skills that are required in this office. Working with the IPS Council has been rewarding and the members have been most supportive in my endeavors. It has been a pleasure serving as secretary and I hope to continue to carry out the goals and philosophy of IPS and will do my best to make it a stronger organization for the membership.


President-Elect: David Weinrich -|- Mark Rigby
Secretary: Lee Ann Hennig -|-Treasurer: Shawn Laatsch
Proposed Amendments to IPS By-Laws -|- Top of page

Devid Weinrich

Candidate

For IPS Office of
President-Elect

David Weinrich

 

Candidate’s Statement:

When asked to stand as a candidate for President-Elect, I spoke to some other IPS members and they encouraged me to accept the nomination. Having represented GLPA at three IPS Council meetings, I knew the governing structure of IPS, but I was worried about the time commitment. Someone advised me, "If your heart is in IPS, the time will become available.” I have looked within myself and I know that my heart is in this organization. If elected as your future President, I will furnish vision, inspire, listen, facilitate, and share the workload with others in our organization.
Reading through the results of a survey, Viable Planetaria of the Future, given at the 2008 IPS Conference, I saw three main themes which are keys to our future, both as individual facilities and as an organization: interaction, active participation and adaptability.
Interaction with fellow planetarians is important to us all. We need to increase IPS membership, especially among portable planetaria and in countries where we have few members. These members will bring additional energy and new perspectives to our society. Continuing the work of past Presidents, I will seek to add new IPS Affiliates and find ways that we can share materials, knowledge and other resources with economically challenged parts of the world.
Active participation is necessary for a healthy organization. Staff members are a planetarium’s greatest asset, and ongoing professional development is important. I will encourage IPS to offer professional development opportunities for new and veteran members on diverse topics in education, storytelling, technology and other areas.
Adaptability is vital, as change continues at a rapid pace, both in terms of technology and our audiences’ expectations. I will look for ways for classical optical mechanical planetariums and fulldome theaters to co-exist in IPS, united by our passion and love for our subject matter and our desire to share it with others in our unique facilities.
The next President-Elect will become the 21st President, leading IPS into the second decade of the 21st century. I would be honored and humbled to be a bridge into that future.

Work Experience:

One of my favorite quotes is from a poem by Sarah Williams: "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” As a child, I remember being somewhat afraid of the dark. But once I became interested in astronomy, I lost my fear of the dark.
As a student, my work at a college planetarium led me to become an Iowa science teacher. Later I joined the Peace Corps and served for four years in Liberia and Ghana. It was a life-changing experience as I learned to live in another culture.
Recently I combined my passions for astronomy and the developing world. In 2003, I took a 6-month sabbatical in Sri Lanka. This past summer I led the project to establish the first public planetarium in West Africa.

Planetarium Experience:

I have been associated with the planetarium community for 29 years. I worked as a student assistant for four years at the Luther College Planetarium (Iowa) with a Spitz A3P. I had the good fortune to do half of my student teaching at the Mayo High School Planetarium (Minnesota), which has a Spitz A3PR. Since 1983, I have been the planetarium coordinator at Minnesota State University Moorhead where I operate a Spitz 512. It is a one-person operation with some occasional part time and student workers. I have trained teachers to use the Starlab portable planetarium and most recently I have trained planetarium operators in Accra, Ghana to use a Konica-Minolta Mediaglobe planetarium projector.

List of memberships of professional associations:

  • International Planetarium Society since 1983.
  • Great Lakes Planetarium Association since 1983.
  • Wisconsin Iowa Minnesota Planetarium Society since 2000.
  • Southeastern Planetarium Association since 2007.

Background Information:

Name: David Weinrich

Work Address: Planetarium Coordinator
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Ave. S
Moorhead, MN 56563
USA

Phone(s) including international codes

Office: +1 (218) 477-2969 Cell: +1 (701) 361-1649
Fax: +1 (218) 477-5864
E-mail:weinrich@mnstate.edu

 


President-Elect: David Weinrich -|- Mark Rigby
Secretary: Lee Ann Hennig -|-Treasurer: Shawn Laatsch
Proposed Amendments to IPS By-Laws -|- Top of page

Mark Rigby

Candidate

For IPS Office of
President-Elect

Mark Tristan Rigby

Candidate’s Statement

Even after nearly 24 years of "marriage” to the planetarium profession, I am honestly more excited than ever about our industry and its potential to inspire new generations of children.
It is incumbent upon planetarians to keep up with an incredible torrent of information and interpret it correctly in order to remain relevant and respected.
Conferences provide important direct exposure to new technologies, show content, and an opportunity to mix with our colleagues, but hundreds of IPS members do not have the financial resources to attend these events. Therefore, I would like to see substantially increased use of the Internet to provide web casts, online chat and video archiving of conference presentations to increase membership benefits.
As IPS is the primary avenue for most of us to share our experiences, it would be an ideal and worthy goal to see that at least one person from every planetarium belongs to the IPS – regardless of dome size or geographical remoteness. I would like to see our "marketing efforts” expand in this direction as it benefits all of us to share a diversity of cultures and ideas.
Common challenges include financial viability/justification where we often struggle to find resources to build, upgrade or simply survive. I am very familiar with such challenges. An excellent product, strong public support and a good relationship with the local media are all vital when it comes to survival. These are three areas I have concentrated on building up for decades and I wish to share those lessons.
In my career, I have utilized both traditional and immersive digital technologies. I know the challenges and advantages of both. With a 12.5-metre dome, my experience straddles the boundary between small and large facilities. About two-thirds of my dome time is spent presenting "live” content – the "life blood” of small fixed and portable domes.
If elected, I will be dedicated to serve IPS by sharing my experiences and tapping the collective experience of other IPS officers and committee members to ensure that you feel that IPS is of great benefit and can assist you in achieving your own goals.

Work Experience:

My fascination with "out there” can be traced to the age of seven when a school exercise book showing the Solar System challenged my comprehension of planetary distances. A refractor came along on my 11th birthday. Not understanding focus, I moved the eyepiece until the stars looked big – like I expected – even with starspots (out-of-focus dust!). I had a lot to learn and how I wish I’d had a local planetarium back then.
Whilst I received a BA majoring in mathematics, my desire to communicate science to the public saw journalism included in my university studies during the 1970s. Science writing and involvement with all forms of media followed, including being Science Writer for The Courier-Mail (one of Australia’s major daily newspapers) with particular emphasis on astronomy and space exploration whenever possible.
One aspect of my work involved writing educational science supplements, including a special Halley’s Comet magazine syndicated and sold by newspapers around Australia in 1986.
In the 1980s, I managed a high-profile Australian science competition sponsored by AUSSAT, Australia’s national communications satellite company. Although the Challenger disaster derailed plans to fly the students’ experiments on the shuttle, I later escorted the winners on comprehensive tours of space facilities with considerable NASA assistance.
While my planetarium career has absorbed most of my time since 1985, I have traveled extensively around the world and visited planetariums and space facilities whenever possible.

Planetarium experience:

I began working as Assistant Curator at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (Australia’s only stand-alone planetarium) in February 1985 and became Curator in mid-2002. I have been involved with extensive administrative tasks, show production, personally presenting more than 500 shows per year (mostly "live” content), observatory sessions, and considerable liaison with the news media and children’s television. I have been very much involved with activities of the Australasian Planetarium Society.

List of memberships of professional organizations:

  • Member, International Planetarium Society since 1992.
  • Australasian Planetarium Society: member since its formation in1998; Treasurer 2003-2008; President and Affiliate Representative to IPS since May 2008.
  • Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences – elected 2007.

Background Information:

Name: Mark Tristan Rigby

Work Address: Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Mt Coot-tha Road
Toowong, Brisbane,
Queensland 4066
Australia

Contact details: Office: +61-7-3403 2577
Fax: +61-7-3403 2575
Email:mark.rigby@brisbane.qld.gov.au


President-Elect: David Weinrich -|- Mark Rigby
Secretary: Lee Ann Hennig -|-Treasurer: Shawn Laatsch
Proposed Amendments to IPS By-Laws
-|- Top of page

Shawn Laatsch photo

Candidate

IPS Office of Treasurer/Membership Chair

Shawn Laatsch

Candidate’s Statement

I have served as IPS Treasurer/Membership Chair since 1997 and tremendously
enjoy working for the IPS. It has been a pleasure to get to know planetarians from around the world.

While keeping the books is a not a glamorous job, corresponding with members and planetarium folks from around the world is a great reward. I’ve enjoyed working with the officers and seeing our group become more international over time.

My future goals for the treasury /membership chair position include expanding member services, and recruiting new members not just to membership, but to serve the organization in many ways.

I look forward to having an opportunity to continue my service to the membership.

 

 

 

President-Elect: David Weinrich -|- Mark Rigby
Secretary: Lee Ann Hennig -|-Treasurer: Shawn Laatsch
Proposed Amendment to IPS By-Laws
-|- Top of page

Proposed Amendments to the IPS By-Laws
for Ballot Consideration 2008

Version in PDF -|- Word -|- RTF -|- HTML below

The Officers and Council seek your approval of the following proposed amendments to the IPS By-Laws.

The relevant article written in the current IPS By-Laws is listed first. The proposed amendment is listed second, with new words underlined. The rationale for the change is listed third, in italics.

If you want to amend the existing article, then vote "for” the amendment on the ballot. If you don’t want to amend the existing article and leave it as written, then vote "against” the amendment on the ballot.

BY-LAWS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

1. Make By-Laws consistent with existing Standing Rules procedures

Current By-Law:

ARTICLE IV- Officers

Section 5. The Elections Committee shall present the slate of officers to the Membership Committee for ratification and for distribution to the voting membership at least four (4) months before expiration of the term of office or at the beginning of the regular biennial meeting of the membership, whichever occurs first. The voting shall be by signed mailed ballot. The candidates with the plurality of votes shall be declared elected and assume office at the designated time. The Chair of the Elections Committee shall receive and count the votes and report to the Officers. The results of the elections shall be announced to the Membership as soon as is convenient.

Proposed By-Law:

Section 5. The Elections Committee shall present the slate of officers to the Membership Committee for ratification and for distribution to the voting membership at least four (4) months before expiration of the term of office or at the beginning of the regular biennial meeting of the membership, whichever occurs first. The voting shall be by signed mailed [POSTAL OR ELECTRONIC] ballot. The candidates with the plurality of votes shall be declared elected and assume office at the designated time. The Chair of the Elections Committee shall receive and count the votes and report to the Officers. The results of the elections shall be announced to the Membership as soon as is convenient.

Rationale for Change:

This has been addressed in the procedures for elections in the Standing Rules: Appendix B (see below), so to be consistent we need to reflect the advance of technology since the By-Laws were written.

APPENDIX B
ELECTIONS COMMITTEE PROCEDURES

VIII. Date: September, even year. Ballots and candidate statements should be mailed or made available electronically to all current IPS members. Send all overseas ballots by airmail. Return envelopes with a signature space on the return address area should be provided. Remind overseas members that they should return ballots by airmail. IPS pays for the printing and mailing of the ballots as well as the mailing and phone costs of the committee correspondence. Deadline: October 1 for mailing of ballots, November 30 for postmark of ballots.

2. Make By-Laws explicit in terms of enacted procedures.

Current By-Law:

ARTICLE VII - Meetings and Conferences

Section 2. A Council Meeting shall be held annually at the discretion of the President in agreement with the Council Members. At any Council Meeting a majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum. All questions arising at Council Meetings shall be decided by simple majority vote except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws. A Council Member may appoint in writing any other member as his/her proxy for Council Meetings, provided the appointed person exercises only one vote by proxy.

Proposed By-Law:

Section 2. A Council Meeting shall be held annually at the discretion of the President in agreement with the Council Members. At any Council Meeting a majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum. All questions arising at Council Meetings shall be decided by simple majority vote except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws. A Council Member may appoint in writing any other member [OF THE SOCIETY] as his/her proxy for Council Meetings, provided the appointed person exercises only one vote by proxy.

Rationale for Change:

It has always been assumed that any member of the Society, not just another member of Council, can hold a proxy, and Council has operated that way. The proposed new words incorporate that explicitly. Note that even without this change, Council has been legal in the past because Council has allowed this procedure and because Council’s interpretation of the By-Laws (see below) is final; nevertheless, this change would make it clear in print.

ARTICLE XII - Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised in principle, shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws and any special rules of order the Society may adopt. The interpretation of the By-Laws and, if necessary, Robert’s Rules of Order, shall be the responsibility of Council, and its decision shall be final.

 

 

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