Call for Council Position Nominations

The Astronomical Society of South Australia is a volunteer-based organisation that depends critically upon volunteers to function. Members are strongly encouraged to nominate for Council positions and other roles.

The Society needs about 25 volunteers in total to keep providing our 750+ members with the services they have come to expect including viewing nights, access to professional and amateur astronomers, great guest-speakers and presentations, regular online-meetings, dark sky sites, monthly copies of The Bulletin, and much more.

Now is the time to consider giving the Society a little of your time and enthusiasm to help the team which supports you and all other members to know more about everything astronomical.

You don’t need to have any specific or special skills to become part of the team. The only pre-requisite is a desire to progress the interests of the Society and its members, and a willingness to commit up to 2-3 hours of your time on average each week.

The Council comprises 13 officers and up to 5 councillors who combine their knowledge, share the workload, and are flexible in their approach to getting the best outcomes. Officers hold a specific position, while councillors get involved according to what support is required at the time.

Nominations for Council positions are open until 1 October.
• A nomination form and instructions are available below.
• A brief outline of the roles undertaken by Council members is available below.

If you want to know more about how you can help the Society – either as part of the Council or in general - please call the Secretary on 0401 702 772 or the President on 0422 478 411 at anytime.

Nomination Form

If you are considering a position on the ASSA Council, please download and complete the Nomination Form (PDF) Call for Council Position Nominations. The form must be seconded by another ASSA member and signed by both of you. The completed form, along with supporting documentation, must be received by the Secretary no later than 1 October 2022.

Nominations are available for the following ASSA Council Positions: 

President (the President is elected by Council)

The President chairs all General and Council meetings of the Society and the Council.

Vice President

In the absence of the President, the Vice President will chair meetings, and contribute to key activities in the Society.

Secretary

The Secretary maintains all records relating to the business of the Society, manages correspondence, assists the President with the organisation of Council meetings, and generally acts under the instructions of the Council.

Membership Officer

The Membership Officer maintains membership records, responds to membership enquiries, provides membership reports to Council, and helps to support the needs of new members.

Treasurer, Operator of Bank Accounts

The Treasurer receives all monies due to the Society. Other duties include keeping accounts, making payments, preparing accounts and balance sheets, and providing fiscal reports to Council.

Communications Officer

The Communications Officer maintains the primary source of information for dissemination to members and the public through all media channels, including the creation and sending of email broadcasts to members.

Bulletin Officer

The Bulletin Officer is responsible for the production and publication of ASSA’s monthly publication of The Bulletin.

Website Officer

The Website Officer is responsible for the development and management of the Society’s website.

Astronomy Outreach Officer

The Astronomy Outreach Officer is responsible for the management and co-ordination of all the Society’s outreach events and activities. The Outreach Officer also provides reports on all events to Council.

Facilities and Observing Sites Officer

The Facilities and Observing Sites Officer is responsible for ensuring all the Society’s observing sites and facilities are maintained to appropriate safety standards, and that the equipment and capability is functional.

Astronomy Education Officer

The Astronomy Education Officer is responsible for the development and delivery of Astronomy education content, including practical guidance for amateur astronomers, to members and the public.

Digital Services Officer

The Digital Services Officer is responsible for the operation and management of the Society’s digital infrastructure.

Young Astronomers Officer

The Young Astronomers Officer develops strategies and implements programs to engage and support young people interested in the science of astronomy and/or amateur astronomy.

Councillor Positions

Councillors provide much-needed general support to ASSA’s Council. They get involved with projects and events, and in keeping with their skills and experience. There are five Councillor Positions available for nomination.