The 105th spring meeting of the AAVSO was held at the Crowne Plaza in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday, May 4th to Saturday May 7th. St. Louis was chosen due to it’s location in the middle of the continental United States. Council hoped this would encourage people to attend who don’t normally come to the fall meetings on the east coast. About a quarter of the attendees were first time attendees or people who don’t normally attend the fall meetings in Massachusetts.
This year's spring meeting will begin on Thursday evening, May 5, at 6pm CDT (23:00 UT), with a keynote address by Dr. Horace Smith, Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University and a noted expert on RR Lyrae stars. Dr.
The AAVSO held its 101st Spring Meeting in Big Bear, CA on May 22-24, 2012. This was a joint meeting with the Society of Astronomical Sciences (SAS). (We had a very well attended joint meeting with SAS in 2009 at this same location.) As before, SAS handled the registration and paper submissions for this meeting. Both AAVSO members and SAS members received the member registration rate.