November Meeting Report
The November MASA meeting was held on the 4th at the Science
Museum of Minnesota. Approximately 19 people
The next regular club launch (and the last of this year) will be on
Saturday, November 20, from 10:00 – 2:00, at the VFW in Otsego. The
theme is "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland” (winter or holiday themed
There is no December meeting, as the holiday party doubles as our
December club meeting. The next club meeting will be in January.
Normally, the meeting would be on Thursday, January 6, but there is
a Wild game that evening. The meeting will need to move to a new
location, or be rescheduled for a different day. Watch the club
website and email list for an announcement.
- The October launch was dedicated to Tim Melody, who passed
away on October 18th after a battle with pancreatic cancer. We
flew some navy- and dark blue-colored rockets in his honor, and
we took a photo of some members with their rockets (I’ll send a
copy to the family). Please sign the card for the family. If you
wish to donate toward a memorial to the family, tonight is the
last night to do so.
- The 2010 MASA Holiday Party is being planned. It will be
held at the Chaska Community Center on Saturday, December 4. The
party will include a show ‘n tell and the following beauty
contests: Scale (any scale model), Kitbash (anything you've
kitbashed), Kid-constructed (anything that's been built by one
of our younger members, open to those who are currently 17 and
younger). The website will be available soon.
- Reminder that we are planning to implement a club FiTi, so
visitors at our launches have an opportunity to select and fly a
rocket of their choosing. I’m looking for rocket donations
(prefer new/never flown) and motor donations (A, B, C only).
Winter is a great time to build a few extra rockets!
- Outreach opportunities:
- Boy Scout troop 232 in Lino Lakes – build was held on
Oct 25. The launch is this Saturday, Nov 6, from 9-11, at
Centennial Middle School in Lino Lakes.
- The MASA Badge Design Contest is done. We received 6
designs. We’re working on setting up the voting. Jason has a
copy of all the designs for everyone to look at.
- Important reminder – the Yahoo email list is the primary
method of communicating within the club. If you’re a member and
are not on the email list, please sign up ASAP. This is the best
way to find out about last-minute schedule changes, or to hear
important club information.
- Safety Grant – I requested and received a safety grant of
around $210 earlier this year (used for a “smokechaser” and some
misc items). I also submitted a request for another $188 to
cover the purchase of a second set of speakers, a speaker stand,
and additional posts. As our club grows and our launches get
bigger, it’s important that we all keep safety in mind!
- Reminder that Jeff is always looking for articles for the
- Membership Update – We currently have 136 members, which is
double the membership we had this spring. Please take a few
minutes to welcome new members and show them around at launches
- Treasury - Club funds remain in good shape.
- Sirius Rocketry - David Miller of Sirius Rocketry is
offering a 10% discount to all MASA members through early
- Nominations for 2011 MASA officer positions open
tonight, and remain open until November 30th. Nominees have
until December 10th to accept or decline the nomination. The
election/vote will then be held at the January 2011 MASA
meeting. You may nominate yourself or a fellow club member -
either tonight, by email to me, or by posting the nomination to
the Yahoo email list. Nominees do not become candidates until
they accept their nominations. MASA officers must be current NAR
members and MASA members. The three current club officers are
willing to serve for one more year. If no other candidates come
forward - willingly or not - by November 30th, MASA custom and
precedent allows those club members present at the December
meeting to vote and confirm the current officers as your 2011
Show and Tell:
- Bob Moyle brought his Big Red Bee radio tracker. He
described its capabilities and how he got his amateur radio
license in order to buy and use it.
- David Whitaker brought his very cool Pemberton Space Ark
- Alan Estenson brought his "uber button"; it's a remote
launch button that connects to his multi-pad launch controller
for use at outreach launches. Alan also brought little
keychain video cameras.
- Jason Colt brought his custom designed rocket that he built
from Hub clearance bin parts. It has many onboard LEDs.
Journey to the WSMC (World Spacemodeling Championships) in Serbia” -
presented by WSMC Team Members Todd Schweim and Caleb Boe
Todd & Caleb described their experience as members of the Senior
and Junior US teams that traveled to Serbia this past summer.
They also shared lots of neat photos.