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MASA Picnic - Version 2004

and The Seventh Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

Saturday July 24, 2004

All MASA members, their families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
Please RSVP by July 22
Volunteers needed!
Updated July 23

RSVP Count: 19 people

Location: VFW picnic area & rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego
Date: Saturday, July 24
Time: rocket launching 11am - 5pm
eating & socializing 5-8 pm

The seventh 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 2003, 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, cups, napkins, utensils, etc

  • Beverages!

  • Coolers with ice for things that need to be kept cool

  • The soccer fields, for rocket launchin'.

  • 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) Personal or "adult" beverages.

  • 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:

  • chips & salsa

  • Mystery salad

  • potato salad

  • brownies



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!]

    •  NEEDED

  • 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.

    •  Lee Frisvold [thanks!]

  • Beverage Supply Officer (BSO):  

    • This year, MASA will be providing soda!

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

    •  NEEDED

  • 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

    • NEEDED

  • LCO/RSO's:  Run the rocket range

    • 11am - noon Stuart Lenz

    • noon - 1pm Lee Frisvold;

    • 1pm - 2pm Ed Eastman

    • 2pm - 3pm Alan Estenson

    • 3pm - 4pm Lee Grimm

    • 4pm - 5pm 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:




Rocket Launching

The range WILL be under RSO / LCO control at all times!  The launch range will shut down at 5pm sharp.  NO LAUNCHES WILL BE PERMITTED AFTER 5PM.  (Water rockets and foam "stomp" rockets will be permitted after 5pm.)

This will be an official MASA club launch.  The launch range will be open from 11am until 5pm.  Flight cards will be used to record all launches.  If there is not a RSO/LCO volunteer for a duty shift, the range will be shut down until a RSO/LCO comes on duty.  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:  

  • "The Launch Pad" Matra Super 530D kit [donated by HHC]

  • Estes Super Nova Payloader kit [donated by HHC]

  • Quest Nike-K quick kit [donated by HHC]

  • Quest Seeker quick kit [donated by HHC]

  • Quest Aurora kit [donated by HHC]

  • Estes Menace kit [donated by HHC]

  • Estes Polaris kit [donated by HHC]

  • Estes Mach 12 kit [donated by HHC]

  • Custom Ion Pulsar kit [donated by HHC]

  • Quest Flatcat kit [donated by Mark Thell]

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 22.  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).

See you there!

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