Tom Mathieson and Jack Kramer
Tom Mathieson and Jack Kramer have been so actively involved in LCAS that I cannot conceive of the group without them, as much of the success and longevity of LCAS is due them for their contributions. When LCAS was conceived I do recall that they were both there in the absolute infancy of the group. In the 'early days' when LCAS was small, it was common for members to simply volunteer to hold an office such as VP, or Secretary, and often after a year or two of tenure in a spot, the few members merely 'rotated' in or volunteered to some other position. Tom and Jack have probably held just about every position within the ranks of LCAS over the years, and that alone would be commendable. But both of these gentlemen have also been a major part of the education of us all.
In Jack's case, one can hardly recall a newsletter where he hasn't had a column or educational piece that we've all learned something from? Tom has always been a big part of what I called the 'community outreach' part of the group, a driver of programs for the schools, viewing sessions for the public or similar. I think both have been instrumental in linking the LCAS to other local and national societies as well, and have helped to establish the LCAS amongst the premier organizations in the country.
I can recall trips to Yerkes Observatory up in Lake Geneva, that wouldn't have happened without them. Or the connection to the Albuquerque society that has led to yearly (or more often) trips to New Mexico. These are just some of my early recollections of their contributions.
I've missed the milestones and contributions that have happened since I moved to Florida, so I'll have to leave it to others to commend them for what I'm sure have been continued contributions that have brought the LCAS to this 30th Anniversary.
Congratulations to the Lake County Astronomical Society, for making the 30th anniversary, and a sincere congratulations to both Tom and Jack for being there over these years. Thank you both for the contributions you've made to the LCAS, without them the group would not be the notable society it has become.
Best Regards, Bill Otten
The Lake County Astronomical Society, hereby grants to Tom Mathieson, a 'lifetime membership' in the Lake County Astronomical Society, in recognition of magnitudes of contributions to LCAS, to her members and to the public of Lake County, Illinois.
Second, the officers of the Lake County Astronomical Society are providing Tom with a 'Stellar Designation'.
Tom, henceforth, for your brothers and sisters of LCAS, your Stellar Designation is...
"Tom Polaris Mathieson"
Polaris has been a guide star to those who navigate our planet, as you have been a guide Tom to us in our club. Polaris is always with us in every night sky, as you have been with us Tom at most every meeting and gathering of LCAS. The stars of the sky circle about Polaris, as the many students you have taught gather in a circle around you.