From the Chairman

David Bloomberg

Well, we made it to a second issue. Not that there was really any doubt, but we spent so much time working on the first issue and getting ready for the first meeting that this issue kind of snuck up on me. Before going any further, I'd like to let you know that our next meeting will be March 15 at Sangamon State University, PAC Building, Room E (first floor). We intend to hold meetings regularly on the third Monday of every month, except for special situations, and we hope to keep this same room. As of this writing, we don't have a speaker scheduled, but I promise we'll have something interesting for you! But speaking of special situations, it looks like we'll have one already in April. The fourth Monday of April, the 26th, Detective Bruce Walstad will be in Springfield and will address REALL. Full details will appear in next month's issue.

Our first meeting, for those of you who couldn't make it, went pretty well. We had 11 interested people, some of whom came from as far away as Champaign and Metamora! Considering the state of the weather, I think we had a good turnout, and we've also been contacted by at least that many more people by mail. I'd like to give a special thanks to our first Patron Member (besides those of us on the Organizing Committee), Alan J. Burge, D.D.S., of Pekin!

At the meeting, we took care of some organizational details, such as voting on and ratifying a Constitution. We also took some time to get to know each other and discuss various examples of irrationality to which we have all been exposed. I then presented some information on the Carp, Canada, UFO stories that have been circulating on various TV shows (some of the information I presented will appear in our next issue).

So, we're off to a good start, and I think we have definitely seen enough interest to get us off the ground. We will be holding elections within the next 2-3 months, after everybody has a chance to get to know each other. I will keep you informed of the exact date via this column. Until then, I hope to see you at the next meeting!

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