We had a full meeting last night that covered a bunch of upcoming events in April and a full agenda by the new Board of Directors. We even had a few green rockets and a visit by a former prefect which made it all the more interesting.
Educational outreach is one of the things that has defined Tulsa Rocketry for many years. It is part of our mission as a nonprofit and a lot of fun. We have three events in April where we have been been asked to participate. All of these events need members of Tulsa Rocketry to come out and help.
On Monday, April 11, we have been asked by Ms. Fore to participate in the Union Science Fair and put on a static display. Ms Fore’s class participated in RocketScience last year and is in Jeff Chaplins documentary Velocity. This is a large science fair and is a great opportunity to educate kids and their parents about rocketry and what we do. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Union 6th and 7th Grade Center on 61st Street just west of Highway 169.
On Monday, April 28, we have been asked by Ms Lee from Sequoyah Middle School in Broken Arrow to put on a static display. The event runs from 6 to 8 PM. Sequoyah is located at 2701 S Elm Pl in Broken Arrow.
Saturday, April 30, we have been asked by the scouts in Broken Arrow to put on a static display and launch model rockets that they have provided as part of their scouting event. The event runs from 9:30 to 4:30 in Claremore. We did this event in 2007 and there were over 450 scouts there. I’ll provide an address as we get closer. If you have some time, please come out and lend a hand.
Other events in April include a work session on April 9, a scheduled launch on April 10, and our next meeting on April 21.
The Board of Directors held its first meeting last night. The first item up was approval of the bylaws and sending them to members for approval. I will be sending paid members as of March 17 a copy of the bylaws and a ballot to approve or reject the bylaws. 2/3 of the members need to approve the bylaws for them to be ratified and take full effect. The ballot also contains a release to transfer all assets of the old Tulsa Rocketry to the new corporation Tulsa Rocketry Inc.
We created three officer positions (denoted with an *) in addition to the ones specified in the bylaws and elected the following people to the officer positions:
President and Prefect – Paul Reed
Vice President – Hall Ellis
Secretary and Treasurer – Chris Jones
Assistant Treasurer* – Mark Piersall
FAA Liaison* – Glen Thomason
Webmaster* – Jeff Chaplin
We created one additional committee called Outreach in addition to the Executive and Finance committees specified in the Bylaws. The Outreach committee will be responsible for our interaction with the public which includes coordinating events like the static displays mentioned above, RocketScience, High Frontier, creating educational and promotional materials, our website, social media, etc.
The executive committee consists of myself and Hal Ellis and will have operational oversight. The finance committee will have financial oversight and consists of Chris Jones and Glen Thomason. The Outreach committee consists of myself, Jeff Chaplin, Hal Ellis, Brien Wood, and Jon Kerfoot. If you would like to participate in the Outreach committee, let me know.
We also took care of some other getting organized business and approved our submission to Tripoli for a prefecture improvement grant. Tripoli is giving prefectures up to $250 this towards improving their equipment and other qualified expense. We will be submitting our project to create longer low power leads and building an additional remote unit for the launch system.
Nonprofits are only as strong as the volunteers that support them. If you want to be involved, let me know and I will find a way to get you involved. If you have a talent that you think can make us better, let me know and I will look for a way to harness your talent. If you’ve already volunteered, thank you.
Have a great day and a great weekend.