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MASA Picnic - Version 2003

and The Sixth Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

July 19, 2003

All MASA members, their families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
Please RSVP to Alan Estenson by July 17
Volunteers needed!
Updated July 17

RSVP Count: 31 people

Location: VFW picnic area & rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego
Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: rocket launching 3-5 pm
eating & socializing 5-7:30 pm
more rocket launching 7:30pm until dusk.

The sixth annual MASA summer picnic will be held at the VFW soccer fields that are an occasional club launch site near Elk River.   There will be eating, rocket talk (plenty of that), fun and games, the opportunity for rocket launching, and drawings for prizes!

Take a look at what went on at the picnics in 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998.


(from the Twin Cities)
Take I-94 west toward St. Cloud. Exit on Hwy 101 (Rogers/Elk River exit).  Take a right (North) on Hwy 101 and drive several miles. Take a left onto Hwy 42 and then a left onto Quaday Ave. The VFW is on the left side of Quaday Ave. 


What will be Provided

  • A hot grill for cooking your stuff

  • Disposable plates

  • Disposable cups

  • Disposable plastic utensils

  • A cooler with ice for things that need to be kept cool

  • The soccer fields, if you'd like to launch some rockets.

  • Lots of rocket geeks. [ahem]


What to Bring (Food!)

  • Any serving utensils or cutting knives that you need for your food items.

  • Your MASA name tag.

  • Lawn chairs (or a blanket, maybe a folding table).

  • Grill-able items for yourself and your clan.

  • (optional) Your own beverage.

  • A food item to share with the group (or volunteer for one of the jobs under Volunteers)

  • (optional) Stuff for the swap -n- sell.

  • (optional) Your latest rocket project - just to show it off.

  • (optional) Rockets and launch equipment so you can do some flyin'

The following list will be updated regularly as people RSVP so we don't end up with 10 bags of chips or something like that...
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to share:

  • couple bags of chips



We need people to help out!

  • Fabulous Grill-Meister (FGM):  One or more people to fire up the BBQ.  Will need to bring charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, spatulas, and other grilling accessories as desired.  THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF THE EVENING!

    • Lee Frisvold [thanks Lee!]

    • Art Gibbens [thanks Art!]

  • Condiment Provider (CP):  One or more people to bring along catsup (ketchup?), mustard, and whatever other condiments you deem appropriate for burgers, hot dogs, and such things.

    • Eischen family [thanks!]

  • Beverage Supply Officer (BSO):  One or more people to bring jugs of lemonade (or other cold beverage to share with everybody).  Talking rockets makes you thirsty!

    • Glen Overby, four 2-liter bottles of pop [thanks Glen!]

    • Whitaker family (water, 2-liters of pop, other cool drinks) [thanks!]

    • Ken Jarosch, 72 cans of Pepsi [thanks Ken!]

  • Watermelon Carving Wizard (WCW):   One or more people to bring a tasty picnic-type watermelon as well as suitable knife to carve it up.

    • Gibbens family

  • Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):   One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun picnic-y type things.

    • NEEDED

  • Launch Wranger (LW):  Act as head honcho and supreme overlord of the rocket range

    • Mike Erpelding [thanks Mike!]

  • LCO/RSO's:  Run the rocket range

    • Ken Jarosch, 3-5pm

    • NEEDED

    • NEEDED

  • Anything else that you'd specifically like to volunteer to do?

To sign up for any of these, please email or include it with your RSVP.  Thank you!


Swap -n- Sell

MASA members are invited to bring out any rocketry-related items that they would like to swap or sell.  (Time to clean out the closet!)

The following people will be bringing:

  • Alan Estenson:  nylon rail buttons compatible with blacksky rail - 4 for $1;

  • Leif Eischen - Custom Ion Pulsar kit



Rocket Launching

This will be an official MASA club launch.  You are free to fly model rockets both before and after the picnic time (but not during please).  The field limits are:

  • Maximum lift-off weight of one pound.
  • Normal maximum motor size of "E".
  • Clusters & 3-stage flights subject to approval

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LAUNCH PAD & CONTROLLER (GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT) or arrange in advance to share one with someone else.  We will lay out a range area using a "misfire alley" configuration.  The Launch Wrangler will direct you on where to set up your equipment on this range.  You will use your own launch equipment and push your own launch button, but you will do so under the direction of an LCO/RSO.  We will provide cellulose wadding, flight cards, and a PA system.

If you have any questions about this setup, please ask them now!


Free "Door" Prizes

There will be drawings for lots and lots of free prizes!  These prizes have been donated by MASA, MASA members, and Hub Hobby Center of Little Canada.  Everyone attending will be eligible for these drawings.  If you have something to donate, or you convince your local hobby store to donate something, please let us know!  Must be present at the time of the drawing to win.

Door prizes will include:  

  • Life Books "Man in Space" illustrated history - donated by Mike Erpelding

  • Estes Banshee kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Estes Banshee kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Estes Astro Sat LSX kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Estes Astro Sat LSX kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Estes Maxi Alpha 3 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Estes Sky Writer kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Estes Polaris kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Quest Nike Smoke kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Quest Nike K kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Quest Lightning kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Custom Ion Pulsar kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Edmonds Aerospace Geminee kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • ASP Versi-Loader 18 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • ASP Eggstravaganza 24 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • ASP Sonda II B kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • ASP Kappa-7-1 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • pack of Estes B6-4 engines - donated by MASA

  • pack of Estes B6-4 engines - donated by MASA

  • pack of Estes C6-5 engines - donated by MASA

  • pack of Estes C6-5 engines - donated by MASA

  • pack of Estes C11-5 engines - donated by MASA

  • Estes Astrocams with film! - donated by Ken Jarosch

This list will keep growing, so be sure to check back!


RSVP Please!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP by Thursday, July 17.  Please list: how many people will be attending, what food item you'll be bringing to share (if you know what it'll be), if you'll be filling any of the volunteer positions, and items you'll be bringing for the swap -n- sell (if you want them listed on this page beforehand).

For anyone without email, please call 763-315-3462 with your RSVP and leave a message.

See you there!

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