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Our Mission

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association (MHAA) is a group of amateur astronomy enthusiasts based in the Mid-Hudson region of New York state. Our purpose is to share our knowledge and the excitement of astronomy with members, students, and the general public. We utilize various methods including:

  • Outdoor observing sessions
  • Indoor meetings
  • Member presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Collaborations with other groups and organizations
  • A monthly newsletter

If we can be of assistance at one of your events, or if you have general questions, you can contact us through any of our social media accounts or using our web form.

Meet the Officers

MHAA 2021 Elected Officers

Each year we elect officials to take on key responsibilities that keep our club running, our content fresh, and our outreach active.

Jack Chastain
Jack Chastain
President
Moderator of club meetings, de facto volunteer for events, "Jack" of all trades.
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Tim Denman
Vice President
2nd hand man for club event moderation.
Eric Myers
Eric Myers
Treasurer
Club accountant and manager of membership dues, payer of club insurance and technology fees, etc.
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Jim Rockrohr
Secretary
Documentation of all things official business.
Alex Passas
Alex Passas
Guest Speaker Coordinator
In charge of reaching out to potential guest speakers for our education meeting sessions. She keeps our content fresh and interesting.
Rick Versace
Rick Versace
Newsletter Editor
Editor of our newsletter, sent out monthly to our members reporting on results of our clib meetings, events, etc.
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Tim Denman
Publicity
In charge of promoting club events in public media.
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Joe Macagne
Outreach
Point of contact to coordinate our attendance or resources with other organizations who've engaged us to assist with astronomy related programs for their own members.

Volunteer roles

A few roles are filled in by volunteers to share the workload of indirect activities that are beneficial to the club, but perhaps not critical and not required by our club bylaws to be ordained by member vote.

Steve Dittmar
Steve Dittmar
Webmaster
Curator of this website, administrator and moderator of the MHAA social network sites.
Rick Versace
Rick Versace
Membership Coordinator
Handles membership dues payments, requests payment at the end of the membership year, etc.