Monday, December 24, 2007

Pics from the December Meeting

Here are the photos of the last BPMS meeting, 12/21/07, for the year
of 2007. We ended the year with a good theme contest, a awards
ceremony, and desserts. Have a happy New Year and see you there!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bulletin: December 2007

December Meeting: Friday, 12/21/2007 at the Bergen Beach Sports Complex!

by Bobby the Blue
November was a great meeting. The chance to win free goodies I the super raffle always has people coming out of the woodwork! We had 32 members and one guest bringing in 30+ models.

CONTEST NIGHT, 4TH QUARTER 2007: This was the final installment of the annual contest. Provided your humble narrator has time to crunch the numbers by the December meeting, we should be finding out how people fared in their respective categories.

SUPER RAFFLE: This is everyone’s favorite activity of the year. With about 180 models in the Super Raffle year, one ticket for each, and about 100 prizes up for grabs, chances were pretty good you were winning something. This year we did something a little different, if no one claimed a prize, including absentees, that prize was put directly in tote Speicher box. No one can argue that the soldiers won’t be putting these hobby items to good use. Additionally, several members gave up parts of their haul in donations as well. It was a very benevolent evening!

You can see pics from each meeting on Gordon’s blog:
On the agenda: December
HOLIDAY DESSERTS: By the time you get this, we probably will have already had our Holiday Dinner at the Outback Steakhouse in Brooklyn on December 12th. But we will be having desserts for the regular December meeting taking place on the 21st. Feel free to bring in desserts and munchies and anything else you choose, including your significant other.
WE MEAN BUSINESS THEME CONTEST: Are you ready? It's finally time for…
“WE MEAN BUSINESS” will be a theme contest honoring the memory of founding member Bert Berg. He’s remembered fondly as being a businessman, first and foremost. With that in mind, the sponsors (Frank C, Russ H, Jimmy M, Frank T, and your humble narrator) are bringing a theme contest all about PRODUCT PLACEMENT to the BPMS in December. Does anything else scream out capitalism more than the Christmas Season? With that, we’re asking the members to build something showing product placement. It can be real, eg: a jumbo jet with some markings from some airline, a race-car with sponsor labels, or you can invent something. We encourage the use of imagination! Since we are in the beginning stages, we may yet come up with some special awards, let’s say, for ingenuity. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the sponsors, we’ll be happy to assist!We are also thinking of some special awards that may include the following: Funny Business, Monkey Business, Out of Business, Big Business, Small Business, Mom & Pop Business; Risky Business. Have fun with it!
December Meeting: Friday, 12/21/2007 at the Bergen Beach Sports Complex!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Holiday Dinner Pics

It was a great Holiday Dinner at Outback Steakhouse in Brooklyn. A nice turnout of 17members showed up for a eventful night-out for dinner. The BPMS officers would like to thank everyone who showed up and made it such an enjoyable event.

Here's a couple of quick photos of everyone at the Dinner. Happy Holidays!

Pics courtesy of G-Mo.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Region 1 Update 12-07-07

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in getting this out, but it's been the normally hectic fall season around here. It's hard to believe the year is winding down, and a new one getting ready on deck. Let's hope the new year is better than the current one. But enough of that, let's get to the news!!

First off, I'd like to thank IPMS Mid Hudson, and IPMS Bay Colony for hosting this years mini-meetings at their events. Both went well, and the minutes are attached to this document. I'd also like to thank the chapters and individuals that took time out of their show time to attend. It was good to see everyone, and once again I would call these a success. If anyone would like to comment, receive a clarification or has any questions regarding what we talked about, don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be happy to speak with you.

Rechartering is rapidly coming to a close. As this is written, Region 1 is about 70% complete in getting everyone good to go for 08. A few chapters only need to submit the $20.00 rechartering fee, and will be all set. One or two have some issues with membership requirements, but the majority are done, finished and complete. I should be getting a status update from Dick in a few days, and will be contacting the chapters directly that still have any outstanding issues. Everyone should be aware that as the process has been simplified, Dick will not be offering extensions to any chapter that isn't complete by 31 December. You're charter will be suspended at that time, so please don't say there wasn't a warning. If you think your chapter may have an issue, let me know, and I'll help get everything on track.

The IPMS Nationals in 2008 will be back on the east coast in Virginia Beach. I've heard from Charles Landrum, event chairman, who says plans are well underway for the event, and everyone should have a wonderful time. The facility while at the same location as in years past is completely new. They'll be setting aside some table for club displays, so if anyone is interested, contact Charles at CLandrum@earthlink.com for more information about that. The vendor room looks promising with 84 vendors already signed on. 300 of the 344 available tables have been reserved, so it looks like the worlds largest hobby shop will again have some of the coolest stuff available!! A BBQ at the Fighter Factory is being offered for a chance to have some god ole' southern cooking and some very cool warbirds. The hosts are looking for volunteers to help with everything from manning the registration table to security. An event of this magnitude always takes a good many hands to ensure a well run event. Please consider giving up a few hours to help out our hosts. Check out the event web site at http://www.ipmsusa2008.org for up to the minute information, event forms, or hotel info you'll need to get the most enjoyment out of your trip.

The next update will contain the latest Region 1 Event Calendar, and will go out before the close of the year. I'm waiting to hear back from someone about an event, and want to include it on the calendar, so I ask your patience.

It's not to early to start thinking about nominations for Region 1 Chapter of the Year, and Person of the Year. Nominations will open 1 January, and close 31 March, for award in the traditional manner at the Noreastcon banquet. As always, I know we have many worthy recipients out there. Why don't you honor a sparkplug in your chapter, and nominate he or she for Person of the Year? It's easy, and I guarantee if they win, the look on their face will be priceless!! What are you waiting for?

With that, I'll close this by wishing everyone and their families a very happy and healthy holiday season. Please remember our troops who are in far off places defending our freedoms with sacrifice and honor during this season. These fine men and women deserve far more than the measly check they get from our government each month for going in harms way, and our prayers for a safe return to their loved ones is a small offering in payment.

Please share this with the officers and members of your chapter.

Happy Holidays!!

Semper Fi

Monday, December 03, 2007

BPMS Schedule of events for DECEMBER

Usually we hold our December meeting on the second Friday of the month as the BBSC is in use by another group on our night. Well, not this year! The December meeting will be on our usual third Friday, that is, December 21st. That meeting will consist of the following:
  • Desserts
  • We Mean Business Theme Contest
  • Awards for the annual contest
Before that we are having our Holiday Dinner on December 12th. This year it will be held in Brooklyn!
Outback Steakhouse
1475 86th. Street
Brooklyn, NY 11228

Located on 86th street between 14 and 15 th avenues with it's own parking lot.
Date Wednesday Dec. 12
List of people going: Bobby P, Jeff E, Ray K, Gordon C, Robert G, Jimmy T, Bill M, Frank T, Frank C (?), Russ H, Vinny R, Israel A, and John. Please contact any officer if you'd like to join in for the dinner!

* Again, The December meeting will be on our usual third Friday, that is, December 21st.

* The Holiday Dinner will be on Wednesday, December 12