November 2001 Meeting Minutes (11/10/2001)
On Tuesday November 6, club President Alan Estenson
called together the monthly MASA meeting at the Science
Museum. About 20 people were in attendance. For
those who like to plan well in advance, Alan announced that he has
put together the basic MASA schedule for 2002; it is now up on the
web site on the Events page. The next club launch will be on
November 17th at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake.
The January meeting date will not be on January
1. The actual date will be announced sometime in December.
In December, MASA traditionally holds a holiday
party. As of meeting time, no details had been set yet.
A person or persons are needed to help organize the party. If
you can help, please contact Alan. Ted Cochran, host of last
year's party, volunteered to host it again if we don't come up with
any other ideas.
Treasurer Dave Fergus reported that the MASA treasury has a balance
of $739. We do need a membership badge design for 2002.
If you're feeling artistic and would like to create something,
please contact Dave. Jeff Hove suggested that the same design
(if appropriate) could be used on a MASA t-shirt. To abide by
MASA bylaws, we must spend most of our treasury by the end of the
year (save what we need for expenses at the beginning of next
year). Various ways were discussed whereby the funds will be
Art Gibbens reminded us that the MASA Planet
deadline is coming up fast. He also announced that this would
be his last issue as newsletter editor. If we want to continue
to have a club newsletter, a new editor will be needed for
2002. Please contact Alan if you're interested.
The official business for the evening was the
nomination of MASA officers for 2002. As of 11/10, the
President: Alan Estenson
Vice President: Ted Cochran
Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Fergus
The nominations will remain open through November
20. Additional nominations are welcome for all 3 positions
(but especially for VP). You may nominate yourself. You
may nominate someone else. Once nominations close, the
nominees will be contacted to confirm that they want to be
candidates. The election will occur at the January
meeting. Those MASA members unable to attend the January
meeting will still be able to vote - details to be announced.
Ted warns that, if he ends up being VP, his first
task will be to spread the equipment-transporting duties among
evening concluded with a "stomp" rocket building
session. Alan Estenson had assembled 18 kits (for a $1 each)
to convert an air-powered stomp rocket into a model rocket. It
looks like we'll be seeing lots more of these take to the air at
MASA launches! The instructions are on the Tech page of the
web site. You can buy the stomp rockets at Ax-Man.