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Congratulations to Leaders Elected for 2023

The online voting by members is completed and the results are in. The following people have been selected to lead the Warren County Astronomical Society in 2023:

  • President Chris Celek
  • Vice President Brian Retterer
  • Secretary Chuck Fairbanks
  • Treasurer Gary Batten

Chuck, Gary, and Brian are joining our board as new leaders. Chris served as vice president during the past year. Judy is one of our founders and has served as treasurer since WCAS was founded in 2012. 

Why we have officers

The WCAS bylaws specify that we elect members to these four positions; The officers are responsible for helping all of us provide astronomy programs for our members and for the public on behalf of the Warren County Park District. The board manages our finances, schedules events, and coordinates our activities with local governments, schools, and community groups.

The board also appoints other members as directors of events, community outreach, training, technology, finance and more in order to provide the best astronomy experience possible for our members and the public. Look for an announcement about these additional new leaders later this week.

Congratulations to our new directors

The new WCAS board has appointed the following members to key leadership roles for 2023. They are:

  • Membership             Marge Batten
  • Finance                    Gary Batten 
  • Training                    Jeff Blazey and Dennis O’Neill
  • Technology               Jeff Blazey, Mark Davidson and Gary Batten
  • Education and Outreach            Dennis O’Neill and Chuck Fairbanks

The following director roles are available in you’re interesting in helping:

  • Activities       
  • Fundraising         
  • Communications, Marketing, PR

Thank you to outgoing board members

Leaving the WCAS board are long-time President Jeff Blazey and Secretary Brenden Cuddihee. Both are founders and have played critical roles in the growth of our organization and the observatories at Hisey Park and Camp Joy. Jeff and Brenden intend to remain active WCAS members and we look forward to sharing the night sky with them.

In addition, we thank outgoing directors Nate Hirt, Justin Griggs, and David Griggs for their years of service and many contributions. 

Welcome to the Warren County Astronomical Society Website

This society is organized by volunteers for the enjoyment of astronomy for educational and scientific purposes and is located at Hisey Park, a dark sky area between Lebanon and Waynesville in Warren County, Ohio.

Our members operate the Fred Bay Observatory and share it with the public on behalf of the Warren County Parks Department. We also help operate the Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory at Camp Joy.

You'll find information about our upcoming events and how to become a member on our website. Follow the tabs above for more details.


Night Sky Forecast for Hisey Park

Click on the chart for more information about expected viewing conditions.