March 2001 meeting minutes (3/15/2001)
The March MASA meeting began at the usual time on
Tuesday, March 13. Roughly 16 people were in attendance.
next meeting will be on April 3. We will be having a guest
speaker from 3M who will talk about solid rocket propellants [see
the Events page for all the
info.] At the May meeting, we will be having an informational
/ training session for launch LCO / RSO's. A guest at the
meeting, Ray Peterson, is a docent at the MN Air Guard Museum.
Jeff Hove and Ray are working on setting up a special tour of the
museum for MASA members. (rockets, missiles, airplanes, and
lots of other stuff!) We don't have a date set yet, and we'll
probably wait until it's a bit warmer outside. Watch the
website for the announcement.
The next launch will be on March 24 at the White
Bear Lake field. Alan Estenson will be running a 1/2A streamer
duration contest. It isn't an official sanctioned competition,
but he will be running it according to the NAR "Pink Book"
rules. More details will be posted soon. [Alan will be
providing FREE 1/2A3-4t motors to those contest participants who
wish to use them!] Additional contest directors are needed for
later launches. If you volunteer to run it, you pick the
contest for the month!
The first issue of the 2001 MASA Planet newsletter
has been mailed. It is also available on the website for download.
Kudos to Art Gibbens for his hard work as Editor. Art could
always use your assistance and submissions of material for upcoming
President Alan Estenson brought up the idea of
keeping "official" MASA club records for the various types
of contest events. This would be like the tables of records
that the NAR keeps, but just for our club. Any MASA member
could attempt to set a record at any MASA launch. This idea
brought an enthusiastic response; it could help promote some fun
competition. Watch the web site as this idea is developed.
MASA's NAR section charter has been renewed, so
we're official for another year.
The official business for the evening concerned the
proposed revision 3.1 to the MASA Bylaws. Strictly for this
occasion, the meeting was held to a rough approximation of Robert's
Rules of Order. During discussion, Russ Durkee voiced his concerns
over the proposed Article 3, Section 3 that allowed a club officer
to waive the membership requirement to fly big rockets under special
circumstances. After further discussion, a motion was made and
seconded to remove this section from the proposed bylaws. This
amendment was approved by a voice vote with no dissentions.
Following further discussion, a motion was made and seconded to
approve the proposed bylaws, as amended. This motion was
approved by a voice vote with no dissentions. [The new bylaws
are available on the website.]
Secretary/Treasurer David Fergus handed out new 2001
membership cards to those in attendance. He will start mailing
them out to the rest of the club members. He isn't sending the
plastic badge holders to renewing members, but, if you need one,
just ask him.
V.P. Steve Robb is working on making a new launch
controller. This news, of course, led to a broader discussion
of launch equipment. The idea of hooking a FM transmitter into
our PA system was also mentioned.
people brought along items for "show -n- tell".
Steve Robb brought along his completed "Bad Daddy".
Art Gibbens had his modified Maxi Alpha 3. It is now a
2-stager with hidden spring-out fins on the upper stage. David
Fergus brought his boat-tail Fat Boy, a Cosmodrome Nike Smoke, Quest
Nike Smoke, and the new Estes Mercury Redstone. Sarah Fergus
showed us her scratchbuilt, blue-ribbon-winning rocket. (very
nice!) Ted Cochran had the completed upper electronics bay for
his Quantum Leap.
For the evening's topic, Ted talked about building
and flying rockets with groups of kids. He passed along advice
based upon his experiences. [A document
that Ted wrote on the subject is now online.]