President's Message

Original article appears in GuideStar September, 2015.

Bill Flanagan

by Rene Gedaly

We have many accomplished members in HAS. We have many dedicated volunteers as well. But we have only a few longtime members who we can depend on when times get rough. Bill Flanagan is one of them.

Bill is an officer of the society and serves as Secretary again this year. He joined HAS in 1986 and his service record includes Treasurer, Director, Advanced Special Interest Group chair, and Telescope chair. He organizes a variety of outreach activities including Fathers & Flashlights and the Houston Arboretum Star Parties and is an in demand speaker. Outside of HAS, he regularly serves as master of ceremonies for the afternoon talks at the Texas Star Party and authors observing programs for the Eldorado Star Party (ESP). In the photo at left, you see he’s also an active member of the observatory committee.

As for tough times, Bill has pulled us out of the lurch many times when a key position went vacant. We can’t thank him enough.

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