Monday, November 27, 2006

Region 1 Update 11-22-06

Greetings everyone,
Well, we're about half way through the rechartering process, and there are still chapters out there that haven't submitted their paperwork yet. I hope every chapter that hasn't yet done so is working on getting it all wrapped up. The process has been greatly speeded up with the new system, and never before has it been so quick and easy as it is right now.
One part of the process that is still drawing questions is the meteor Gift Certificate. let me explain it again for everyone, in case there are any lingering questions. Meteor Productions is awarding one $25.00 gift certificate to a recipient in each IPMS chapter when that chapter recharter's this year. The chapter is asked to pick an IPMS member who they believe has provided the chapter the best service in the past year. And the answer to the most asked question is yes, the recipient MUST be an IPMS/USA member in good standing!! That member may be chosen any way the chapter feels appropriate. They then forward that members name and IPMS number to the me. I'll forward it to the DLC directly. The DLC forwards the name to Meteor, and the person named receives the certificate directly from Meteor. I've asked each chapter to designate their recipient when they send the payment check to Dick to cover their rechartering. That's all there is to it.
This program is a way for Meteor to say thank you to IPMS, and the member chapters. Every chapter has a member that should receive this gift. Please don't forget to provide that name when submitting your payment.
In an effort to ensure every chapter has adequate time to complete the rechartering process, I'll be contacting each Chapter Contact directly from all chapters that haven't submitted their paperwork yet. Remember, the deadline for getting everything completed is 31 December. Time is running out!!
I received this message to pass along from DLC Dick and the IPMS E Board.
Happy Thanksgiving from the IPMS E-Board, RCs, and administrative staff. We wish you a fruitful and relaxing holiday. And, of course, we certainly hope you can find some time to get to the workbench and have some quality time with some plastic, exopy, paper, or materials of your choice.
We are now just beyond the halfway point in the charter renewal cycle. At this time 71 chapters have completed the renewal process. 35 of those chapters have designated a recipent for the Meteor Gift Certificate. Regions 3,4, and 5 are leading the way, not only in getting renewals taken care of, but also in taking advantage of the Meteor offer. While its not a race or contest, it is important that your club successfully completes the charter renewal process prior to Dec 31, 2006. The new charter process can be accomplished in as short a period of time as 10 minutes by the chapter contact or other club official. A 3 month window is more than enough time to get the job done. Because the process is new, and much easier than in past years, you may not be familiar with the steps to be taken. Please do not hesitate to contact your RC or myself for assistance. Unless extremely unusual circumstances prevail, no grace period will be extended. If such circumstances occur it is your responsibility to contact the DLC (dmontgomery8327@sbcglobal.net / 210-681-7945) prior to Jan 1, 2007.
There are a number of reasons why I encourage your club to renew its charter. Two reasons are new to the 2006-2007 chartering cycle. First, the Meteor Gift Certificate program is Meteor's way of saying "Thanks" to IPMS and IPMS members. Meteor will award a $25 gift certificate to an IPMS member from your club as soon as IPMS clears your charter renewal. All that is required is that your club successfully completes the renewal process, and that the recipient is an IPMS member. Secondly, as a service to our chartered clubs, IPMS will list your contest on the IPMS Contest Map located at http://www.frappr.com/ipmscontests. At this time there are 56 IPMS events shown on this map.
I taken up enough of your time..... thanks for all that you do to keep your club informed and current with items related to IPMS. We are definately an organization 'By Modelers and For Modelers" and you are major contributor to successful communication between your club and the national office.
Dick Montgomery
IPMS Director of Local Chapters
Back to me!! I'll close this by wishing everyone and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Semper Fi
Doug Hamilton

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