Tuesday, May 02, 2006

News from the top

Hi everyone,
Attached is a message from our President, Jack Kennedy. It contains all the latest news from the home office.
Please share it with the officers and members of your chapter.
Doug Hamilton
Region 1 Coordinator

In keeping with a policy set by Dave Morrissette, the previous President of IPMS/USA, I am issuing a status report on happenings from the e-board.


I have been in contact with Tony Ivone about how to present the Adult Plastic Model Building Course to the chapters. Tony was the originator of this project and I believe it has merit to the membership.

I am also proposing appointing Dick Montgomery to be our Membership Secretary to tie in to the job that he has been doing as DLC. Both Dick and Bob Hester are working out a new membership and Chapter database and I feel that the logical solution would be to combine the two positions.

I have been in contact with our legal counsel and he came up with a disclaimer that will free IPMS/USA of liability in the event of lost, stolen or damaged models at any IPMS event.

1st VP:

John has made arrangements to have IPMS/USA co-host the social that has been previously hosted by Two Bobs at the National Convention.

2nd VP:

IPMS/USA has received in excess of $8,700. as our share of the profits from the Atlanta Nationals held last summer. Ron also reports that all of the awards have been sent out in addition to the judges pins.

Our legal counsel is looking into re-wording the parameters for hosting a National Convention to make it easier to understand and make them more complete.

As far as the National Convention in Kansas City, 106 folks have pre-registered and 1802 room nights have been sold and KC is looking into overflow hotels. 255 Vendors have booked (Sold out) with 55 on the waiting list. The new registration system looks good as does the awards ceremony.

Lastly from the 2nd VP is that two chapters have shown interest in hosting the 2008 Nationals and hopefully they will bid in KC.

Director of Local Chapters:

Dick has been working closely with Bob Hester in formulating a database management system for the DLC database regarding chapters and membership. This is now 80% in place. More on this as it happens but it sounds terrific.

Dick has also proposed with the blessing of the regional coordinators putting the chapters outside the continental US into a satellite region to be administered by our Foreign Liaison officer. This sounds logical to me.

From Glen Broman, our Foreign Liaison Officer is news of our newest SIG: The Scale Firehouse-an international group that focuses on the building of emergency vehicles models and sharing techniques for the scratch building involved. Please contact Chris Mobley, 200 Fleet drive, Dahlongega, GA 30533. Phone (706)867-8176. http://scalefirehouse.com/. For more information on SIGs, check our listing in the Journal or on the IPMSUSA web page at www.ipomsusa.org.

Publications Director and Historian:

Jim Woody has informed me that the new Journal is almost finished and that it looks terrific. The editors will be inserting the amendments into the new Journal to be voted upon. I would like to remind the membership to vote and return the voting cars as we need 15% in order for any amendment to pass or fail. Without the 15% the amendment dies on the vine.

That is about all that I have for now. More will follow as I get news.

The E-board is having a meeting on Sunday May 14th and additional news should follow shortly after it.

Yours in modeling,

Jack Kennedy

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