Meeting Notes - July 27th, 2016

July 27th Meeting -- Notes

An excellent meeting with good discussion and ideas for going forward!...Thanks to all who attended and shared their views and ideas....I also met/discussed the topics, in advance, with a couple of people who could not make the meeting, so we had their input as well....Here is the summary of our discussion:

A. What we want to focus on:

     1. Enhancing awareness of Tesla & his name recognition...

     2. Given that Tesla's contributions span in many areas of science and technology, the Society should entail broad science concepts and activities: education &    

         information dissemination  with reference to Tesla....

    3. Promotion of Science and Education with history behind it...

    4. Connecting to, and partnering with other world-wide societies and Tesla organizations, in sharing possible exhibits, shows, talks, etc...

    5. Discovering forgotten scientists, eg. Rosalind Franklin, etc...

    6. Socializing and making activities fun!

B. How we plan to do this:

   1. Develop outreach activities to engage young people in science projects.....

   2. If/When funds permitting, awarding young people for their accomplishments with Tesla Science Awards....Making Tesla a (distinguished) role model for the new 

        generation...

   3. If/When funds permitting, recognizing science achievements in forms of scholarships and post secondary awards....

   4. Organizing events/lectures/science fairs on various scientific topics....

   5. Supporting actively, by participating in, science/Tesla related scholarly or public gatherings.....

   6. Identifying an appropriate name recognition for Tesla with a permanent naming opportunity or erecting a monument, as appropriate....

C. What's next?

    a. Short  Term:

       1. Firming up : Alberta's Tesla Wave -- well liked -- with a becoming logo to include Tesla's photo/portrait in it..... -- work in progress

       2. Organizing a get together whereby interested individuals would prepare a 10 minute presentation on a chosen aspect of Tesla's life/achievements in a social    

           gathering with refreshments and reception... -- to be organized.....I volunteer to address "The War of the Currents" topic....However, if anyone else wishes to take 

           up this topic, I will pick up somethign else....Remember that Tesla's good friend was Mark Twain, so we could include his love of literature, or a similar topic as well          

           ...Not everything has to deal with scientific topics....For those who live afar but wish to be involved, this is an excellent opportunity for you to put a presentation 

           together and either send it to us for someone to present on your behalf, or, we could set up a video conferencing session for you to join us...As the time goes on 

           and we find a permanent venue for us to meet -- not that this is critical -- we can use a video conferencing method to include everyone in the meetings....

      3. Set up a website -- ideally we should be ready by the time the Society is registered....

      4. Want to be a newsletter editor, have word-smithing skills? --- We would love to hear from you....

      5.. Visit Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade and establish rapport with this organization -- to take place in August -- Lillian

      6. Establish link with Telus World of Science -- in progress 

      7. Registration -- in progress

      8. Executive -- to be firmed up after the registration has been completed...

  b. Long Term 

     1. Scholarships and awards in science on higher levels for scientific achievements

     2. Casino for fund raising

     3. Looking for Corporate linkages, sponsorships/donations

     4. Richard Bach said: "No limits", in Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Tesla lived by it and so we will.... 

All of the above is about making Alberta (and beyond) a better place and impacting this improvement, in a ways that we can achieve, while having some fun..On that note, I am attaching a link to a song that makes me think of (and recognize) the impact of Tesla's discoveries to our modern life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVbjKOQenyc