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MASA Picnic - Version 2005

and The Eighth Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

Saturday July 16 2005

All MASA members, their families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
Please RSVP by July 14
Volunteers needed!
Updated July

RSVP Count: 35 people

Location: VFW picnic area & rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: rocket launching 11am - 5pm
eating & socializing 5-8 pm

The eighth 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 2004, 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

  • Hot dogs, buns, and condiments!

  • Disposable plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc

  • Beverages! (soda and such)

  • 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 to Share!)

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

  • Your MASA name tag.

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

  • (optional) If you don't care for hot dogs, feel free to bring your own grill-able item.

  • (optional) Personal or "adult" beverages.

  • (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'

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

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:

  • vegetable tray

  • cookies and brownies

  • various 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!

    •  Andy Heren

    •  Art Gibbens

  • Condiment Provider (CP):  MASA will be providing catsup, mustard, and relish.  If you'd like to bring other condiments to share, feel free to do so!

  • Beverage Supply Officer (BSO):   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.

    •  Boe 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

  • LCO/RSO's:  Run the rocket range

    • 11am - noon Ken Jarosch

    • noon - 1pm NEEDED

    • 1pm - 2pm NEEDED

    • 2pm - 3pm NEEDED

    • 3pm - 4pm Art Gibbens

    • 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:

  • Stuart Lenz will have MicroClassics kits available for sale.



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 air-powered 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.

Fun launch event - D ice cube duration!

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:  

  • Custom Raven kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • Custom Razor kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • Custom Skybird kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • Estes Mach 12 kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • ASP Kappa 9M kit - 24mm (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • ASP Corporal kit - 18mm (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • ASP WAC Corporal kit -24mm (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • Estes Thunderstar kit  (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

  • lots of other super-secret stuff donated by HHC- it'll be a surprise!

  • pack of Estes A8-3's (donated by MASA)

  • pack of Estes B6-4's (donated by MASA)

  • Estes Alpha kit (donated by MASA)

  • Estes Banshee kit (donated by MASA)

  • Estes Yankee kit (donated by MASA)

  • Estes Guardian kit (donated by MASA)

  • (2) Kos Rox Streadur rocket kits  (donated by MASA)

  • Quest Totally Tubular kit (donated by MASA)

  • Quest Super Cruiser kit (donated by MASA)

  • Custom Fiesta kit (donated by MASA)

  • Estes Gnome kit (donated by Mike Erpelding)

  • Estes Banshee (donated by Mike Erpelding)

  • Quest X-15 kit (donated by Mike Erpelding)

  • Revell SR 71A Blackbird plastic model kit (donated by Mike Erpelding)

WOW!  What a list!  More than 20 prizes!


RSVP Please!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP by Thursday, July 14.  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).

Please send your email RSVP to [removed]

See you there!

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