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Last updated: Dec 12, 2000
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December 2000 holiday party (12/12/2000)

It was a cold and snowy Saturday evening, but that didn't stop MASA members and their families from gathering at the Cochran residence in Minneapolis to share some holiday cheer.  Thanks are due to our host, Ted, and the entire Cochran family!  You did an admirable job of hosting this group without running screaming into the night...

While watching rocket videos next to the fireplace, we heartily enjoyed the snacks and holiday treats that everyone had brought to share.  (Wherever 20 or 30 Minnesotans gather, there is food for 40 or 50.)

The first of several activities was a gag (or serious) gift exchange.  After piling the wrapped gifts around the "rocket tree" (Ted's LOC IV with lights strung on it), each person could choose a gift and unwrap it, or steal someone else's gift.  Things got swapped back and forth including a multi-tool, an astronaut bank, various rocket kits, and a nosecone glued into a roll of bathroom tissue (labeled "Self Contained Streamer Recovery System")

Next, Alan Estenson thanked our three retiring officers and club founders: Russ Durkee, Mark Thell, and Damian Kostron.  He first presented them with NAR momentos (stickers, decals, and a lapel pin).  Each was also presented with a framed 8x10 liftoff photo of one of their rockets.  Thanks guys, we really appreciate everything that you've done over the past 3 years!

Club President Russ Durkee then presented the 3rd annual "MASSY" awards.  These "just for fun" awards are devised & awarded every year by the club president.

  • The incredible flying combo of Lee & Mollie Frisvold were given blue ribbons for tallying up over 90 flights at MASA launches this year!

  • Ted & Seth Cochran were presented with blue ribbons for the Distinguished Achievement Award.  Both Ted & Seth placed in competition at NARAM 42 this past summer.

  • One Prang award was given this year: Steve Robb was presented with a blue ribbon in honor of the spectacular shred of his Swinger on a D21.

  • Alan Estenson was presented with a blue ribbon as "Rocketeer of the Year" for his activities in support of the club.

Best Flights

  • Jeff Hove was awarded a white ribbon for his flight of a MicroMaxx-powered rocket (complete with tiny parachute) made out of a Bic pen

  • Tony Pray was awarded a red ribbon for his impressive flight of a Mean Machine on an E30 motor.  A Mean Machine looks strange when moving that fast!

  • Tim Bush was awarded a blue ribbon for the flights of his Ringhawk glider.  It was incredible to see this sliding ring-wing glider just hang in the air.

  • Winning a special "Whiplash" award, Joe Schneider and Chuck Jerve were given blue ribbons for flying Machbusters on F72 motors.

To top off the evening, drawings were held for some free door prizes.  The prizes were donated by MASA and by Hub Hobby Center in Little Canada.  The lucky winners were:

  • Glen Overby - Estes Zinger

  • Pam Jerve - Estes Athena

  • Russ Durkee - Estes Fat Boy

  • Seth Cochran - Estes Pathfinder

  • Kevin Cochran - Estes Alpha

  • Dave Fergus - Quest Quasar

  • Art Gibbens - Estes Maxi Alpha 3

Thanks again to our hosts and to everyone who attended.  It was a fun evening!

(Alan Estenson)

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