The 40th anniversary of Porin Karhunvartijat

Porin Karhunvartijat is a local astronomy club in city of Pori in western coast of Finland. Porin Karhunvartijat have an observatory and club house in the top of water tower of Ulvila, a small town 10 kilometres southwest of Pori. Porin Karhunvartijat was my local amateur astronomy club when I was a kid in late 90’s and early 00’s. Back then, I was living in Ulvila with my parents, and the activities of Porin Karhunvartijat were very well accessible for me. And that’s why I grew up with other amateur astronomers in Porin Karhunvartijat. Porin Karhunvartijat was my home amateur astronomy club, and I’m still member of the club, although I’m currently residing in the other extreme of Finland (Kuusamo, northeastern Finland). And although I’m living here in northeastern edge of Finland, far from Pori, I’m still trying to participate in the activities of Porin Karhunvartijat of Pori as much as I can.

Porin Karhunvartijat was established in 1974, and this year is the 40th anniversary of Porin Karhunvartijat. I have been member of Porin Karhunvartijat since 1998, and this year is my 16th year of membership in Porin Karhunvartijat.

We were celebrating the 40th anniversary of Porin Karhunvartijat with having a sauna party in Ulvila in 29th of November 2014. There was 8 members of our club participating that night. Besides having sauna, we were sharing memories and watching photos from the course of the 40 -year journey of our club.

A new year is beginning soon, and I hope that there will be still many more years of activity for Porin Karhunvartijat in the future!

Here are some photos from the event:

Photos: Juha Ojanperä


The new committee of Porin Karhunvartijat has had it’s start-up meeting

The new committee of Porin Karhunvartijat (which was elected in the association meeting in December last year) has had it’s start-up meeting. The meeting was organized 4.2.2012 in the Ulvila observatory. People in the committee are the same than last year except one new member of committee, Raimo Peltomäki. The new committee is:

  • Kari Laihia, president
  • Jorma Niinisalo, deputy president
  • Juha Ojanperä, secretary
  • Mika Neittamo, treasurer
  • Raimo Peltomäki, member of board

In the meeting, members of committee discussed for example about the financial situation of the association and other current topics in our association.

The members of the committee of Porin Karhunvartijat. From left: Mika Neittamo, Kari Laihia, Jorma Niinisalo, Raimo Peltomäki. Juha Ojanperä was behind camera.

Meeting of Porin Karhunvartijat

My local astronomy club Porin Karhunvartijat had it’s traditional wintertime meeting in 10.12.2010 in Otsola Opisto, Pori, Finland. In that meeting, a action plan for year 2011 was presented. Also new board of association was chosen. There did not happen any big changes in the board, only the secretary of board was changed. The meeting also made a decision to buy a sky quality meter -devise to the Ulvila observatory. Also some current issues in our association and observatory were discussed about.  After the meeting, Ismo Elo from Forssa gave us a lecture about Kaali meteor impact crater in Saaremaa, Estonia. He discussed especially about all kinds of folklore about that impact event. He also has thought that the impact event was described in Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.