Draft Meeting Minutes

Mars Society - Austin Chapter

8 February 2004


Meeting begins at approximately 6:10pm by consensus; there are 10 attendees. The agenda was discussed and it was agreed to begin by discussing the goals and organization of the Austin chapter. The discussion was informal and roughly followed the following outline:


A. Goals - overall support for the prime goal of the Mars Society, stated as "Human exploration and settlement of Mars within or lifetimes." Chapter goals follow in order of the chapter's priority

††††††††††††† 1. Chapter growth

††††††††††††† 2. Political outreach

††††††††††††† 3. Media engagement

††††††††††††† 4. Education, including enhanced web presence and "rewards"


B. Chapter Organization

††††††††††††† 1. Structure - it was decided to investigate the organizational structure of the Houston chapter, and to utilize their structure as the basis of our chapter. Tina was asked, and agreed to compile this information for presentation at the next meeting.

††††††††††††† 2. President - motion was made to elect a president to lead the chapter. Steve nominated James, who did not decline quickly enough and was elected by consensus. The term is to be determined.

††††††††††††† 3. Advertising - the discussion shifted to advertising. It was suggested by Gunjan that we should better utilize the web toward this end; whereupon he volunteered and was accepted as chapter Webmaster. Term to be determined.

††††††††††††† 4. Funding - this was discussed for a short period. <My notes wander here, can someone else elaborate? Is this where we had our break?>


C. Chapter Tools - the following items were identified as the main tools of the Austin chapter:

††††††††††††† 1. Web

††††††††††††† 2. Yahoo Group mailing list

††††††††††††† 3. Facilities - Steve volunteered that his space can be used as necessary. If in the future it is decided that more space may be needed Steve also identified larger spaces that could be made available to the chapter if necessary.

††††††††††††† 4. Meeting times - it was established that regular meetings would occur on the second Sunday of each month, at 6:30 in the evening. The next meeting will be 14 March at 6:30pm.


D. Presentations - the Strickland brothers presented information updates on the MER roversí science objectives. James deferred his MDRS presentation until the next meeting.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:20pm.


Submitted for revision,


James Harris, Chapter President

12 February 2004