February MASA meeting – Hennepin County
Brookdale Library, February 3, 2011
The February MASA meeting was held at
the Hennepin County Brookdale Library on February 3, 2011. A total
of 9 people attended the meeting.
The next regular club launch will be on Saturday, February 26, at
Sunrise Middle School in White Bear Lake. It’s currently planned for
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., but the time might change due to the
weather. Be sure to watch the email list and our website for final
The next meeting is planned for Thursday, March 3. There is a
conflict at the Science Museum, so the March meeting will be held at
the Hennepin County Southdale library.
- 2011 dues for new and renewing members may be paid anytime.
Dues remain at $12 family (up to 4 members), $10 individual, and
$5 junior. If you choose to have paper copies of the MASA Planet
mailed to you, there is an additional $6 fee to cover printing
and postage costs. Remember that PDF versions of the Planet are
always available for download from the MASA website. The
membership application has been updated for 2011 and is
available on the website. You may also renew through PayPal.
- MASA Membership Renewals – in an effort to make membership
processing and badge printing more efficient, we’re going to
hold a membership drive again. Anyone who renews or joins by
March 15 will have the opportunity to win one of two $10 Hub
gift cards (a total of two prizes will be awarded). Two names
will be drawn prior to the April club meeting. You do not need
to be present to win, but your membership application and dues
must be received by March 15th in order to be eligible.
- There are schedule conflicts and events at the Science
Museum and Xcel, which affect our March, April, and May
meetings. These meetings will be moved to new locations. Watch
the website for details.
- Reminder that we are planning to implement a club FiTi
(beginning in April). Please contact me if you’re willing to
donate a rocket and/or motor for this program. Prefer new/never
flown rockets, and A/B/C only motors. Winter is a great time to
build a few extra rockets!
- Reminder that Jeff needs articles for the MASA Planet! The
next two issues are “sweeps” before NARAM and the LAC Trophy
judging. We really need contributions from across the club. One
cool note – MASA is the only club to win 3 years in a row on
their first win (only rookie winner to have back-to-back-to-back
- Treasury – duties are being transitioned to Gerald.
Winter project show ‘n tell, cool
gadgets to use in rocketry, building tips and tricks:
Neil brought super alpha (won
from Christmas party 2010) with 3 engine cluster.
Jeff T. brought a club FiTi
rocket, along with an airbrushed 3-engine cluster Fat Boy.
Jason P. showed new launch
controller he is working on.
Attendees also discussed the
possibility of holding an airbrush demo at an upcoming MASA meeting.
Buzz McD. generously offered to host the April meeting at his house
(he has an awesome shop which includes a paint booth).
Ted C. discussed NFPA 1122, 1125, and
1127. He also noted that the next NFPA meeting is in Minneapolis.