Minutes of MRCSS meeting April 26, 2007 7 p.m.

Edina Public Library, Ethel Berry Room
16 members present

NEXT MEETING: May 17, same location

President Ib Jensen called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Visitors, Ray Johnson (2nd visit) and Dan Kutchell (Burnsville) and Kevin (last name uncertain), introduced themselves and their specific interests. They were welcomed by all members.

Treasurer Jack Perecman announced the club financial status was solid. Membership steward, Paul Johnson reported the club numbers had dropped a bit from last year. An effort will be made to urge renewal for those not yet registered for ’07.

Bob Waldridge reported he had met with Pete Jirik, and we have been given the green light for that field’s use – as long as we adhere to the usual procedure: ask at the desk first. Bob also suggested the Club might want to join the Minnesota Turf Association as an associate member. At a small cost, this could smooth the path for future flying permission on other sod farms. The vote was unanimous.

We were reminded that the year’s first “fun fly” contest -- no entry fee, minimal “trophies” -- would be held at Jirik in Farmington on Saturday, April 28 (wind permitting).

Dave Edmondson and others described a large field near the intersection of I35 and Black Dog Road the club may one day use for TD flying.

Plans for the May junket to the So. Dakota slope site were discussed in detail. Motel arrangements were discussed, and some rides arranged.

Bailey distributed copies of an info. sheet on the Eastern Iowa Soaring Society’s TD competition, “Misty Meadows Soaring Classic” in case any member was interested. It is to be held in Solon, Iowa, on May 5 & 6.

The MARCEE club will hold its electric power event on June 21 in Woodbury, MN.

Adam laid out the possibility of a club “One model” build that could easily and inexpensively be focused on the new kit of Mark Drela’s HLG “Apogee Sport.” There was little response.

Mention was made of a possible club name change, but more discussion was urged. Action was deferred to a later meeting when Dave Engelson, who initiated the idea, could be present.

Several members voiced their opinion that our club meetings (and therefore, attendance) might be improved by including a scheduled, pre-announced topic of a new technique or a review of some technical matter of general interest. Something sexy. Vocal support for restoring a topic for each meeting was obvious. Adam said he would lead off next meeting with an explanation of what he has learned about thermals and thermaling in his recent study for full-scale glider flying.

Show-and-Tell then followed with its usual display of recently built models and an abundance of good-natured talk.

Secretary: Vern Bailey