KCAR club meeting
Date: November 10, 2007
Time: 2 to 4PM
Loc: Trails West Library, Independence, MO
The meeting was called to order at 2:08 p.m., by KCAR President, Randall Jessee.
Bob Wingate reported that there hasnt been any change in the KCAR treasury since the September meeting, and our current balance is $671.69 - $606.59 of which is in the checking account. However, the latest bank statement indicates we actually have $703.59.
Alan said that he has yet to cash the check we wrote him on May 19, but this still leaves $35 more in the account than expected.
Bob suggested that this is either due to forgetting to record a deposit, or more likely, a math error in preparing the reports sometime during the last six months or so. He will make a detailed comparison of his reports and the bank statements, and report back.
Randall made a motion to accept the Treasurers Report, which David Lucas seconded.
Equipment Committee Report:
Dave Bucher couldnt attend the meeting, so he sent his report via Randall. Construction of the new electrical snake from the launch controller to the six pads has been completed. Dave will let us know when the next KCAR equipment trailer build day will be. He is also willing to be our equipment manager again in 2008.
Operations & Publicity Committee Report:
Randall showed the excellent certificates for winners of our competition events, designed and printed by Martin Hudecek-Ashwill, who was unable to attend.
Contest & Records Committee Report:
David Lucas reminded us that our KCAR competition meet, which was weathered out from the original October date, will be this coming Saturday, November 17, at Shawnee Mission Park.
We are to arrive at SMP at 9 a.m., to allow us to set up the range, check in, and complete entry forms before the launch range opens at 10 a.m. David asked us to bring whatever stopwatches we have, and reminded us that there will be ribbons and trophies for the winners.
Bob asked the group which event we should drop first from our official list, considering we were late with our publicity, and have been weathered out from our first launch date; it seems unlikely well have enough competitors from outside Section 505 for a full Regional Meet. While we can still choose to fly all events for kit prizes, we will probably need to decrease our total NAR points from 80 down to 60 or 40. We could either decide this now at the meeting, or at the field on the day of the contest.
Blake proposed we drop Science Fiction and Future Scale from inclusion in the NAR point totals, as it appears more contestants have built Helicopter Duration models. This would bring us down to the point limit for an Open Meet, and if we didnt have the numbers for that, we could then fly B Helicopter Duration just for kit prizes and not for NAR points.
Randall then said since he was also a member of the Columbia Rocket Club, and as he has not yet competed this year, he would be willing to compete as a member of that NAR Section to help us keep our competition more than a Local Meet. David Lucas checked the requirements in the Pink Book and said we should be good for an Open Meet, considering we could have people compete as independent.
Blake made a motion that if necessary, we drop the Science Fiction and Future Scale event from our official events first. This was seconded by Randall, and it passed. (And at some point during the meeting, Randall reminded us that there will be a sport launch at SMP this Sunday, the day after the competition.)
David and Bob opened discussion of which NAR competition events wed like to fly at both the Spring and Fall contest meets in 2008. This way, wed be able to get the word out much earlier, in time for long distance NAR contestants to plan to attend. Bob suggested that we might want to match our events with some of those which will be flown at NARAM-50.
We then asked the group which events people would like to fly. Suggestions for the Spring contest included D EggLoft Altitude, C Payload, B Streamer Duration Multi-Round, Set Duration (50 Seconds), and D Boost/Glider Duration, all of which will be flown at NARAM. For the purposes of our Spring contest and considering the sizes of the fields at SMP, we could choose a smaller impulse class for Boost/Glide, such as C B/G. David also suggested 1/2A Rocket/Glider Duration and Plastic Model Conversion as options. For the Fall contest meet, Bob suggested Sport Scale, and a SuperRoc event. David suggested A SuperRoc Altitude. The Contest and Records Committee will make the final list, which will be announced no later than the launch this next Saturday. There was general agreement to fly our Spring meet at field A, which although it has more trees, is a larger area.
President Randall Jessee adjourned the meeting. We will meet again on Saturday November 17 during the launch at Shawnee Mission Park, for a quick election of KCAR Officers for 2008.
Respectfully submitted by Bob Wingate, KCAR Secretary / Treasurer 2007.
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