Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Region 1 Update 09-19-07

Greetings Region 1-ites!!

This update is being written from my new home office, formally my son’s room. It’s very cool to have a dedicated office, the kids have moved out, and the dog died. Life is good!! And now, on to the news.

First, I must take a moment to pass along that IPMS Head Armor Judge, Art Gerber has passed away. Many of you may know Art from his numerous trips attending Noreastcon, attending the IPMS national convention, or from an AMPS event. Art was a really nice guy who was always fun to talk to. I’ll miss seeing him at various IPMS events, as I know most of you will also. Art had a profound effect on the way IPMS judging in the armor areas is conducted, and to honor that impact, I’ve been told the Best Armor Award at the IPMS nationals will be renamed in his honor. I feel this is a most fitting way to honor this gentleman, and superb modeler. Our condolences go out to his family.

On a happier note, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest chapter to IPMS and Region 1. IPMS Penobscot Valley Modelers is our new addition to the IPMS family. They’re a brand new group that is hoping for good things to come from affiliating with IPMS. Led by President Keith Heald, they meet at Joe’s Hobbies each Thursday evening in Howland Maine. Russell Keith is the chapter contact, and his info is below. Please add Russ to your address books and mailing lists. I’m sure they’d like to hear from everyone, as well as sharing what they’re doing with us. They’re the first new chapter in region1 in quite a while, and I’m happy to welcome them to Region 1.

Russell Keith, IPMS# 45550
15 Spring Street
Lincoln, ME 04457

The rechartering period is coming up fast, so now is the time for all chapters to dust off your fact sheets, and make sure they’re up to date. If you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll shoot another copy off to you. Just e mail an updated copy of the fact sheet to Dick Montgomery and me, then snail mail a check to Dick, and it’s done. The important thing are that the officer corps and the five required members are all current IPMS members, who’s expiration dates are AFTER 1 January 2008. The officers do count towards the five!! And don’t forget the rechartering fee has been increased to $20.00, and the deadline is still 31 December 2007. I’ll remind everyone again after 1 October that it’s rechartering time!!

The current election of national officers is nearly complete. I hope everyone has voted, because your chance is rapidly diminishing!! One problem with the elections has been the low turnout, which brings the agony of hoping for enough votes to make a valid ballot. Please take the time to vote, even if you don’t like any of the candidates, as there’s a box on the ballot for an abstention, which still counts toward a valid election. There are some fine people running for office, and some real choices. Please make one!!!

The web site for the 2008 National Convention is now active, and can be found at: http://www.ipmsusa2008.org All the latest greatest info will appear for what is looking like another great event. I would expect a good number of Region1 folk to attend being it’s fairly close.

The two mini-meetings are still scheduled for the Mid Hudson event on 20 October for the western end of the region, and Baycon on 4 November for the eastern end. I would hope each chapter is able to end a rep to one, or both. We’ll save a seat for you!!

The fall contest schedule will be starting very soon, I’ll send out a new schedule, including what I have for 08 shortly. But I have to say please support your brother chapters’ events with sponsorships, attendance, and helping judge when you get there. We all know a helping hand is most welcome, especially when it’s your show!!

With all that behind us, it’s time to close this blabbering. Until next time anyway!! Be safe, and as always, share this with the officers and members of your chapter!!

Semper Fi

Doug Hamilton

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