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September 2005 Meeting Minutes (9/2/2005)

The September 2005 MASA meeting was held on the 1st at the Science Museum.

The attendance for this meeting was 13 people.

  • The August launch was a great success.  Many nice flights with faces both familiar and new.  With the breeze, a few rockets did end up in the corn.  MASA's first two "I" motor flights took to the skies and were both successful.
  • The September 24th launch is planned for the sod farm near Nowthen.  The theme is "clusters", and a Deuces Wild drag race is planned.
  • Mike received the outreach package with product samples that Quest is sending out to all NAR sections.
  • The opening of TARC 2006 registration is almost upon us.  As always, mentors will be needed for local teams.  Volunteers will also be needed to help organize and run local launches for TARC flights.
  • MASA received several Thank-You notes from local TARC teams for our support.
  • We discussed the possibility of having special raffles to raise funds to benefit such activities as TARC or various NAR funds.
  • The NAR is planning special activivies for the 50th anniversary year in 2007.  It might be something like get 50,000 kids to fly a rocket nationwide.  (Inspired by the EAA's Young Eagles program.)  More details to come.
  • NAR headquarters has moved.  You should be seeing a Iowa address on NAR correspondence instead of the old Wisconsin address.
  • We discussed having a paper rocket building session at a meeting next year.  Possibly saucers, or qubits, or the free paper rocket designs from FlisKits.
  • We discussed when to have future sectional contests, and we threw around the idea of having a regional contest.
  • A new issue of the Planet will be out soon.  As always, submissions are welcomed!


A bunch of MASA members traveled to the Cincinnati area for NARAM 47 last month.  Those present at the meeting included Ted & Seth Cochran, Stuart Lenz, Alan Estenson, Glen Overby, and Mike Erpelding.

We talked about the NARAM experience for the benefit of those who had never attended one.  Ted Cochran showed a few short video clips.  Alan Estenson showed a small sampling of the thousands of photos that he had taken.

(Alan Estenson)

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