MASA Picnic - Version 2002
and The Fifth Annual MASA Swap
All MASA members, their
families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
Please RSVP to Alan
Estenson by July 18
Updated July 19
RSVP Count: 54 people
Location: VFW picnic area &
rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: rocket launching 3-5 pm
eating & socializing 5-7:30 pm
more rocket launching 7:30pm until dusk.
The fifth 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 2001,
(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 plastic utensils
A cooler with ice for things that need to be
The soccer fields, if you'd like to launch some
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
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
(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
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to
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
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.
Beverage Supply Officer (BSO): One
or more people to bring jugs of lemonade (or similar cold
beverage to share with everybody). Talking rockets makes
Watermelon Carving Wizard (WCW):
One or more people to bring a tasty picnic-type watermelon as
well as suitable knife to carve it up.
Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):
One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun
picnic-y type things.
Launch Wranger (LW): Act as head
honcho and supreme overlord of the rocket range
LCO/RSO's: Run the rocket range
before and after the eatin'
Rick Vatsaas [Thanks Rick!]
Mike Erpelding [Thanks Mike!]
Stuart & Ellison Lenz [Thanks Guys!]
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!
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:
Rick Vatsaas - "mondo" blast
deflectors, army surplus chutes (maybe), built LOC Minie Magg,
built PML Sudden Rush
Alan Estenson - nylon rail buttons (4 for $1)
fit blacksky or Ultimate rails
Ted Cochran - Lead shot, Estes Sweet Vee, Cute
little embroidered white on red Remove Before Flight cloth
ribbons (keychains, actually), Flammable Solid stickers
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). The field
- Maximum lift-off weight of one pound.
- Normal maximum motor size of "E".
- No clusters.
- No 3-stage flights.
YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LAUNCH PAD &
CONTROLLER (GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT) or arrange in advance to
share one with someone else. We will not set up any launch
controllers or pads as we would at a regular club launch. 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:
NAR ball cap (donated by MASA)
Official Lockheed-Martin ball cap (donated by
Outdoor first aid kit (donated by Alan
Rockets of the World [autographed!] (donated
by Ted Cochran)
pack of B6-4 engines (donated by MASA)
pack of D12-5 engines (donated by MASA)
Estes Comanche-3 rocket kit (donated by MASA)
Estes Nemesis rocket kit (donated by MASA)
Estes Nova Payloader rocket kit (donated by
KosRox Streadur rocket kit - ULTRA RARE!!!
(donated by MASA)
pack of C11-3 engines (donated by Hub Hobby
Custom Fiesta rocket kit (donated by Hub Hobby
Custom Venture rocket kit (donated by Hub
Custom Ion Pulsar rocket kit (donated by Hub
Estes Cosmic Cobra rocket kit (donated by Hub
Quest Lightning rocket kit (donated by Hub
Quest Nike Smoke rocket kit (donated by Hub
Quest Quasar rocket kit (donated by Hub Hobby
Edmonds Geminee boost glider kit (donated by
Hub Hobby Center)
ASP RAM B rocket kit (donated by Hub Hobby
ASP Micro Jayhawk rocket kit (donated by Hub
ASP Micro WAC Corporal rocket kit (donated by
Hub Hobby Center)
This list will keep growing, so be sure to check
"Next Generation" drawing - for kids
under 12 (all prizes donated by Ted & Ann Nolen)
It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP
by Thursday, July 18. 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 651-639-8019
with your RSVP and leave a message.
See you there!