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October MASA meeting – Science Museum of Minnesota, October 6, 2011

The October MASA meeting was held at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday, October 6, 2011. A total of 6 people attended.

The next regular club launch will be on Saturday, October 22, at the Nowthen sod farm.  The theme is “Oddtober.”  This includes Halloween rockets, Steam Punk, Goony, anything out of the ordinary.  This is the last launch at Nowthen for 2011. 

The next meeting date is Thursday, November 3, at the Science Museum. We need a presenter for the November meeting; please let me know if you’re interested.


  • Outreach events:  Boy Scouts - Build session on Monday, October 10.  Location is Living Waters Church in Lino Lakes.  The kids will be building Alphas, Wizards, Vikings and Spacelofts (older kids).  The launch is planned for Saturday, October 15.  Location is still TBD.
  • Sport Rocketry – Tom Beach is looking for articles, and SR is willing to pay up to $250 for feature articles.  Please see the NAR website for details.
  • NAR Member Guidebook – Todd Schweim is beginning work on the next Member Guidebook, and he’s looking for photos.  Respond to his post (or contact him directly) if you’re interested.
  • If you’re planning a high power certification attempt, please notify Carol in advance so we can make sure there’s a cert team available.  Also, if you’re planning an L2 attempt, please contact Carol to make arrangements to take the L2 exam. 
  • Reminder that Jeff is retiring as the MASA Planet Editor, as soon as the November/December issue is published (by mid-November).
  • Holiday party – we need a location for the holiday party.  It’s usually held one of the first two weekends in December.  If you’re interested in hosting, please let me know. 
  • Treasury – club funds and membership levels remain in good shape. 

Congratulations to Jeff Taylor, who won the TRF Best Rocket Contest for September with his awesome Steampunked Acme Spitfire.  His prize is a single-digit FlisKits Journeyman kit (and bragging rights for a month!).

Meeting Topic:

We didn’t have a specific meeting topic for October, so we held a build session. Attendees spent the time building winter-themed rockets, including Snowballs and Snowflakes, in preparation for November’s winter themed launch. 

[Carol Marple]

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