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Working Group on the Preservation of Astronomical Heritage (WGPAH)

History: Established at the 209th Meeting, January 2007 in Seattle, in response to a report from the Historical Astronomy Division (HAD).

Members: Twelve members nominated by the HAD Executive Committee on the basis of their professional qualifications relating to the preservation of sites, astronomical instruments, and historical documents. Two additional members will represent the concerns of active research observatories.

Publications Committee

History: AAS ByLaws Article VI, Sec. 3, Approved Jan. 1, 1979.

Members: Chair and six members. Individuals are nominated for positions on the Publications Board by the Nominating Committee, in consultation with Journal editors. The Publications Board member is elected by the Board of Trustees at the June Meeting. Written consent to serve is required before nomination. The Publications Board meets annually.

Obituary Committee

History: Established in 1991 with first obituaries published in BAAS Vol. 23, No. 4. As of 2017, this committee is no longer active.

Members: One member appointed by HAD; one by the AAS President; one appointed by the AAS Executive Officer.

Terms: Two years, January - December

Chair: Vice-Chair of Historical Astronomy Division (HAD).

Nominating Committee

History: Established Bylaws, Article IV, Sec. 4.20

Members:(From AAS Bylaws, Art. IV): The Nominating Committee shall be a standing Advisory Committee of the Society consisting of five (5) Members of the Society, including the Past-President of the Society. (Sec 4.20(a))

Committee on Meetings

History:

Members: Three Vice-Presidents, and the Executive Officer. The President is Ex-Officio.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: AAS Senior Vice-President.

Charge: This committee will advise the Board of Trustees on the scientific content of all Society meetings. The committee will select the invited speakers, any special speakers and special sessions.

Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris

Website: http://aas.org/light/

History: Name changed (January 1988, Austin)

Members: Appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Term: Three years, June - June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Charge: Acts as a clearinghouse for information on these topics and, whenever possible, helps those who are attempting to combat the problem.

Committee on Employment

History: Name changed to present name by Executive Committee action, June 1988 (172nd meeting, Kansas City).

Members: Appointed by the Board of Trustees. Select Trustees appointed by President, with approval of the Board, to serve as Board of Trustees Liaisons in ex officio capacity.

Term: Three years, June - June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: One year.

Audit Committee

History: Established May, 2005.

Members:

Term:

Chair:

Charge: The Audit Committee reviews the results of the independent financial audit of the Society and communicates independently with the auditors as needed. The committee provides its opinion on the audit directly to the Board of Trustees at each summer meeting of the Society. The Audit committee may be called upon for other duties by the Treasurer as needed.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is charged with oversight of the educational activities of the AAS by providing advice to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Officer, the Education Officer, and the Director of Educational Activities.

Demographics Committee

History: Established 2010.

Members:Appointed by the AAS President

Chair:

Charge: Determine what demographic data are useful to collect and maintain about the AAS membership and prepare analysis and reports to Board of Trustees on such data as necessary. The committee will help develop their strategy in consultation with the AAS Membership Director; the first step is to review what demographic data already exists in the AAS membership database and its completeness.

Membership Committee

History: Established January, 1982.

Members: Chair with three other members appointed by the President.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: AAS Executive Officer.

Appointments Committee

History: Established January, 1982.

Members: Three members appointed by President, serve at the President's pleasure.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: AAS Secretary.

Charge: Prior to each Board of Trustees meeting, this committee will prepare for Board approval a slate of nominees for the various committee vacancies that are to be filled.

Planned Giving

While the Society is very dependent on its membership dues, it also benefits, as other similar organizations do, from the generosity of its members. That generosity takes many forms, including annual contributions and gifts of many kinds.

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