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Last updated: Jan 4, 2002
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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 better ones.

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 - contact Alan.

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 members.

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 they've built.

(Alan Estenson)

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