November 2004 Meeting Minutes (11/14/2004)
The November 2004 MASA meeting was held on the 4th
at the Science Museum. 13 people were in attendance.
MASA's annual holiday party! Russ Durkee
has volunteered to host this year's party at his
residence. (This'll teach Brenda to leave him alone while
she traipses off to Antarctica! <grin>) The date and
time will be set soon.
The next launch is scheduled for November 20at
the Rockford/Buffalo launch site. There is a possibility
that this could be MASA's first-ever "waivered"
launch, but that is still pending ATC approval. If the
waiver is not approved, this will be a "notification"
launch with the usual 3.3 lb weight limit.
- The idea of having rain dates for our regular launch dates was
further discussed. The October launch was held on a
"rain date"; there were 47 flights.
- MN TARC participation: There are 3 teams registered in
MN so far - Apple Valley High School, Hope Christian Academy,
and Kimball Area High School. Another 4 teams are known to
have expressed an interest - River Falls High School (across the
border in WI), a 4-H club in Stearns County, a school in
Burnsville, and Jordan Park school in Minneapolis.
- Four "Thank You" cards for the launch site owners
were available at the last launch and the meeting for members to
sign. They will also be at the November launch for others to
sign them as well. The topic of appropriate thank you /
holiday gifts for the landowners was discussed.
- Next the subject of the dollar value of our regular gift
exchange at the holiday party was discussed. It was decided that
it will be $10 like last year or an item ( or components) that
you have on hand, thus not necessarily incurring any out of
pocket expense to the donator.
- Outstanding club expenses were discussed.
- 2004 Prang Award nominations are needed! How can Mike
make fun of us at the party if he doesn't have nominations to
- The possibility of having winter launches at the new Nowthen
site was discussed.
Nomination of club officers for 2005:
The floor was opened for nominations of club officers for 2005.
Current nominations are:
President- Mike Erpelding
Vice President- Stuart Lenz
Secretary/ Treasurer- David Whitaker
Nominations for club office will be open until 1159 PM
November 30, 2004. Nominees will have until 1159PM December 15, 2004
to accept or decline their nomination. Please use the masarocketry
Yahoo group to nominate someone and to accept or decline your
nomination. Current nominees accepted their nominations at the
meeting. Please no backing out now guys! The election will be
held at the January 6, 2005 MASA meeting.
Russ Durkee led a discussion of "Attic
Treasures" - rocketry kits & "stuff" from
times long ago...
Russ brought along a number of classic, vintage,
unbuilt, still in the packaging, rocket kits. (and there
was much drooling). This included Centuri items such as
the Centuri launch pad, Screaming Eagle rocket, UFO, Satellite
Killer, C5 engines, Hercules II, Moonraker, and the Evel Knievel
Sky Cycle starter set!
Mike Erpelding brought along an unbuilt MPC
Martial Patrol kit.
Alan Estenson shared a number of old Estes
catalogs from the late 60's, early 70's, and 80's.
Show -n- Tell
Ellison Lenz brought his Starship Excalibur
David Whitaker had a nice Quest X-30 and a PML
Mark Thell brought a "Carl-Scale" Wac
Corporal with Tiny Tim booster.
(Mike Erpelding & Alan Estenson)