January 2002 Meeting Minutes (1/4/2002)
Club President Alan Estenson started the first MASA
meeting of 2002 just after 7 pm on January 3rd. Nine people
were present at the Science Museum for this event.
The first order of business was the election of club
officers for 2002. Because there was only one candidate for
each position, a motion was made, seconded, and passed by unanimous
voice vote of those present to accept the three candidates into
their respective offices. The 2002 club officers are:
President - Alan Estenson, Vice President - Ted Cochran,
Secretary/Treasurer - David Fergus.
In addition to being the new VP, Ted Cochran has
volunteered to succeed Art as editor of the MASA Planet newsletter.
Alan briefly covered the club finances. MASA
ended the year with a healthy treasury - most of which we are
required to spend in accordance with the bylaws. Money was
spent on: a first aid kit, contest supplies from NARTS, a gift
to the sod farm owners, supplies for the holiday party, prizes and
books. There are a few purchases left to make this month to
wrap things up. Among other things, enough people have
complained about the name badge holders that we will be buying some
Rick Vatsaas has devised some great new potential
badge designs for 2002. A vote will be taken very soon to
select one of them.
It being the start of a new year, renewing
members (or new members) can pay their dues anytime! You can
pay them at a meeting or launch, or mail them in. Click
here for more info.
MASA has purchased 5 copies of Stine's
Handbook of Model Rocketry. Our goal is to donate them to
places such as public or school libraries. After the meeting,
Ellison Lenz and Jeff Hove each took a copy; we'll wait for them to
report back about where they were donated. The remaining
copies are available if you have a recipient in mind for them -
A decision was made to move up the January launch by
one week to the 19th. This will open up the 26th for a model
rocket display/exhibit by MASA at the state championship for the
Minnesota Lego Robotics League. Volunteers will be
needed! More info will be emailed out soon to all club
Alan talked about his ideas for promoting NARTREK
within the club this year. We will likely work the NARTREK
Bronze level flights in as contests this summer at MASA launches.
A brainstorming session resulted in meeting topics
to cover most of the year. See the Events
page for the lineup.
Glen Overby brought along two "weird"
rockets (his description) that he has scratchbuilt. He also
had a new radio beacon that he's working on. Ellison &
Stuart Lenz brought along a nice home-made metal launch pad that