January 2014 MASA meeting Ramsey
County Roseville Library
The January 2014 MASA meeting was
held on January 2, 2014 at the Roseville Library. 14 people were in
The next regular club launch is
scheduled for Saturday, January 25. It will be held in St. Paul
@ McMurray Field (near the Como pool).
1/23 Countryside Elementary
outreach opportunity, 6 8 pm. Display with rockets, plus a
few club members to talk about rocketry. Neal is the
2/12 STEM conference at the
Mpls Convention Center. MASA member Todd Carpenter said his
company Adventium/Andamio Games might have a booth and we
could participate with a rocket display. Todd is the
NARCON in Cocoa Beach
NSL in Muskegon, MI
NARAM 56 in Pueblo, CO
FiTi program MASA will be
participating in the NARAM 56 FiTi program. Carol will be
coordinating this effort. Watch for an announcement on the
MASA Yahoo group.
TARC program needs
2014 MASA Officers:
Since there was only one
candidate for each office, MASA tradition and precedent allowed
those candidates to be placed directly into office by a majority
vote of those club members present at the meeting. (motion
was made and seconded to place the three candidates directly
The 2014 MASA officers are:
President Neal Higgins; Vice President Jeff Taylor;
Secretary/Treasurer Carol Marple.
Congratulations to everyone, and
thank you for serving!
- Its time to renew your membership dues. You can renew
online using PayPal, or mail your application to the club
- Meetings consensus is to keep the meetings on the 1st
Thursday of the month.
- Launches will remain on the 4th Saturday of the month
(with a few normal exceptions due to holidays). The group
discussed the option of determining a method for consistently
rescheduling launches due to weather-related cancellations.
Suggestions were to plan a reschedule for the following day
(Sunday), then the following Saturday/Sunday.
- MASA could use more rockets for the Fly-It, Take-It box.
FITI rockets are kept on hand at MASA launches. Visiting kids
may pick out a rocket, are provided with an engine, get to fly
it and take it home. If you would like to build and donate any
FITI rockets, please keep them fairly simple and make sure that
they can fly on an "A" motor. (we could also use motor
- Nowthen field status - there is no new news. (See notes from
the Nov meeting).
Show -n- Tell:
- Sean Flynn showed a rocket called WTF (Wheres the
Front?) which has a nose cone on each end.
- Alan Estenson offered a number of old National Geographic
magazines (many containing space-related articles) to the
members at the meeting.
Meeting Topic Suggestions:
- January Officer elections and 2014 planning
February - Rocket simulation
programs presented by Gary Stroick. (Meeting is planned
for 2/6/14 at the Plymouth Library meeting room.)
March - Safety review,
including RSO/LCO training and MSDS discussion
April - Electronics / dual
May Contest prep
discussions or TARC presentations (ask local teams to
present as a practice run for the TARC presentations)
June HPR certification prep
July no meeting due to the
August - Airbrushing
techniques (presented by Jeff Taylor)
September need topic and
October - Ky Michelson tour
November need topic and
December no meeting due to
the holiday party
Additional possible topics
Suggestions for launch themes,
contests, and events:
Upscale/downscale - rockets that
are resized from childhood classics
Themes around specific
manufacturers Semroc, Estes, Flis, Quest, etc.
Themes around odd colorations -
Fluorescent rockets - or tie died ones in honor of Neal
We are 50 years after 1964 -
first Gemini flight was that year (though unmanned - first
manned was 1965)