Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bulletin: November, 2009

by Bobby P
October meeting was another spacious one. It’s official! We’ll have the entire place to ourselves from now on. We had 29 members who brought in 10 models and 7 WIPs.

October Meeting
HOLIDAY DINNER: We continued discussion about the dinner. Bill said that he found a Czech / German place nearby that might be a good option. If that doesn't work out, there's Red Lobster, which worked out well last year. We will make a determination during the November meeting. The dinner will be held early December.

NOMINATIONS: Nominations? Fuhgettaboutit! Ray and Israel are stuck for another year. Congrats guys!

WORK IN PROGRESS NIGHT: Some guys brought in what they were working on and told us a little bit about their processes.

T-SHIRTS: Charlie found a place that can make us up some BPMS logo t-shirts and showed us a very nice prototype. At this point we’re looking at likely $13 a pop.

FINANCIAL REPORT: The Trez informed us of our financial position. We have $420 in the till with $50 from the raffles.

You can see pics from each meeting either at the Club Website or on Gordon’s blog: http://gmobile17.blogspot.com/

On the agenda: November
CONTEST NIGHT 4Q09: This will be the FINAL installment of the 2009 annual contest. Bring in some stuff to compete for last minute votes for the year!

SUPER RAFFLE: This is the reason why you’ve been building models all year! You are awarded one super raffle ticket for each new model you brought in over the year. If you have stuff (books, vids, models, etc.) that you would like to part with, feel free to donate them for the raffle. Be sure you’re up to date with your dues. No dues, no tickets!

TAKE A PART / LEAVE A PART: Gordon will bring in a big basin monthly for “Take a Part / Leave a Part.” Please feel free to toss your spares into the big bin too! Gordon will bring the club parts box back for each meeting for members to add or take away from. This is something we can all benefit from!

GENERATING MONEY: The club will continue to sell magnets and patches and run raffles and to generate some extra money. Can we count on you to help fund various activities and sponsorships?

SUPPORT THE BULLETIN: Some ideas for the newsletter from Hugh –
  • Members can write a paragraph or two on how they got interested and/or re-interested in modeling.
  • Show us your workbench: Have folks take a picture of their modeling habitat at home and describe what they like and/or don’t like about the setup.
Would you like to join in and sponsor this theme? Some other concepts we’ve kicked around are: Healthcare, Take One for the Team, New York, Alternate Realities, Things That Sweep / Swing, Go Big, Go Small, Extreme Modeling, and Things That Sting. There’s an anniversary for the Air Force and thirty years for Battlestar Galactica. There’s also an anniversary for Tet Offensive. Also, long time member Dave Cockrum passed away in late 2006. Years ago he was a part sponsor of a Humor In Modeling Theme Contest. We recently lost Art Gerber who was the IPMS Head Judge for Armor. Armor Theme, perhaps? Some new ides that came across my desk: Procrastination – contest for models that weren’t completed in time for a theme contest. It’s time I got some recognition for what I do best! Two divisions – ‘finally finished’ and ‘still not finished, but I thought I’d enter it anyway’. Another… Battle of Britain Theme idea. If we call it “1940 - Conquest and Defiance”, we can set up obvious types of entries for armor, figures, ships, and a/c dealing with war and war preparations in 1940, or other historical defiance events (like the Alamo or Wake Island or saying I’d rather watch the Eagles game than go shopping with the wife (it doesn’t have to be successful defiance)) or Conquest (pretty much anything Rome set its mind to). We could also extend the conquest and defiance into Sci-Fi by adding subjects dealing with conquest (the Empire, for example) and defiance (the ragtag group led by Luke Skywalker, for example). So, this might be an idea for the DEC theme contest rather than just a meeting theme. Contact the officers if you want to help sponsor any of these contests.

Our next meeting will be on November 20, 2009.

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