November 2014 MASA meeting
The November 2014 MASA meeting was
held on the 4th at the Brookdale Library. 9 people were in
MASA Holiday Party
Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015
5pm to 11pm
Lake Community Building at Thoresen Park, 6259 Eagle Lake
Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369;
google maps link
I am looking for 1 or 2
volunteers to help out with planning the party. If you
interested in helping please let me [Neal] know.
Thursday, January 8
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
County Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Google maps link
The meeting will be held in the Ridgedale RHR (Robert H. Rohlf)
meeting room on the first floor.
Topic: Officer Elections
& 2015 Schedule Planning
2015 National Events
NARCON – Feb 20-23, 2015 – Seattle, WA
NSL – May 23-25, 2015 – Orangeburg, SC
NARAM57 – July 25-31, 2015 – Tucson, AZ
TARC Finals – May 9, 2015 – The Plains,
2015 MASA Officer Nominations:
Nominations opened for 2015 club
officers. Nominations will remain open until the end of
the 2014 Holiday Party. Nominations can be made by email or to
me at any upcoming launch or meeting.
The current officers are:
President – Neal Higgins
VP – Jeff Taylor
Treasurer – Carol Marple
here to see the 2015 officer nominations.
- The FITI box is on need of more rockets. I brought a bunch
of kits for members to take and build. There are a still a few
left. I will have them with at the next launch. Jeff Taylor also
has a dozen or so Alpha kits from Ken Jarosch that need
building. Last year Sean Flynn donated a kit that was painted
white and with it a pack of markers so the kid could decorate it
themselves. That is a great idea for those of us who are
terrible at painting.
- With the loss of the Fricke field we are now on the lookout
for a new launch field. We will be checking with Nowthen
residents now that we have the ordinance changed. We are also
going to look at other sod farms in and around the metro area.
On Monday I spoke with the Nowthen City
Offices about our escrow money that we paid in for the IUP/Ordinance
change. I was told at that time that all charges were accounted
for and that we would be receiving a $904 refund. The plan is to
fully reimburse all of members who donated to the cause.
[UPDATE] I received a call from the City of Nowthen
today and it turns out that the final invoice for the IUP
charges had not been sent out to me. There were an
additional $1167.00 charges for the zoning ordinance
rewrite. This means we still owe the city an additional
$263.00. The MASA leadership will be discussing this and
coming up with a plan on how best to handle the extra
charges and how to reimburse the members who donated the
extra funds for the Nowthen issue.
Thanks for understanding.
Jeff Jones brought up the idea that MASA
should not focus so heavily on the HPR field but adjust our
focus on outreach especially in ways to get more girls involved
in the sport. A few suggestions were the upcoming Girls in
Science event at the Science Museum on the 15th,
helping groups build payloads for ULA flights, assisting with
USLI teams, etc. A lively discussion ensued and in the end we
all agreed that MASA does a great job with outreach but can find
more ways to get our name out there so we will be asked to help.
I think in the end we all agreed we still need a field capable
of at least G motors but that HPR is probably necessary to keep
some members interested in MASA.
Todd Carpenter was asked if MASA would be
interested in returning to the STEM Expo in 2015 and I brought
up this at the meeting. I know of 1 teacher who after the expo
earlier this year has incorporated rockets into her curriculum
with help from MASA. We all felt this is a great event and I
have told Todd to let them know we would like to return.
2015 MPS STEM and Career Exploration Expo, Wednesday Feb 11th,
8am to 4pm, Minneapolis Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
Meeting Topic: Silhouette
Brian LaRose gave a great presentation on
the Silhouette Cameo cutter. He showed us all the use of the
design software and how he has translated band, car and other
logos into cut patterns. He also let us see the machine in use
as it cut out his Starman logo out of vinyl. Lastly he showed us
how to transfer this cutout onto the rocket using a couple tools
and the transfer paper. The Silhoutte software is available to
download for free and use. With this you can design your own
decals and for a fee Brian would be willing to cut them for you.
If you have any questions send to them to the MASA email and I
am sure Brian, Jeff or anyone else with the Silhouette would
answer them for you.
Great presentation Brian and thanks for