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IPMS/USA Executive Board Meeting Minutes

April 2012

Officers Present

  • Dick Christ (President)
  • Steve Collins (First Vice President)
  • Mike Ronnau (Second Vice President)
  • Larry Randel (Director of Local Chapters)
  • Dick Montgomery (Secretary)
  • Ed Kinney (Treasurer)
  • John Ratzenberger (DFL)
  • Bruce Briggs (Membership Secretary)
  • Mary Jane Kinney (National Office Manager) *
  • Dennis Tennant (Forum Admin)*
  • Eric Aitala (Webmaster) *
* = Non-voting staff or Guest
  • Dick Christ, President

  • Steve Collins, 1st Vice President
    • I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Dave Morrissette for all the help he provided as I transitioned into running the Reviewer Corps.  Dave's massive amount of 'corporate knowledge,' and willingness to share it, made it easy for me to take the reins of a program that was already functioning well.  Many thanks, Dave.
    • 220 reviews for 2012, 5 new reviewers have joined the Reviewer Corps
    • Webmaster reports the follows stats for the Review area on the website
      • Jan to April 15, 2012…..7500 visits by 4000 visitors with 31,000 page views within the review area.
      • Average annual numbers for the review website are 446,000 visits with 57,000 unique visitors in the course of a year.

  • Mike Ronnau, 2nd Vice President
    • Awaiting financial report from Omaha Convention
    • April 2012 IPMS/USA 2012 National Convention Update
      • Registrations:
        • 93 Adults
        • 1 Junior
        • 12 Fantasy of Flight tours
        • 14 Kennedy Space Center tours
        • 55 Adult Banquets
        • 1 Child Banquet
        • 32 Judges
        • 37 T-Shirts
        • 25 additional Pins
      • Trophy Sponsorships:
        • All but one of the "Best Of" awards are spoken for, 2 of the theme awards are spoken for. We have 47 categories paid for or pending, waiting for payments.
      • Sponsorships:
        • There have been a few come in from some of the vendors. Total is almost $1000 dollars. One thing that was being considered was a color convention booklet. At this time unless we get more sponsorship for it, this project will be nixed.
      • Room Reports:
        • Room Bookings have slowed, but we are still booking rooms. There have been some cancellations, but not enough to cause any concern.
      • Disney Site Visit:
        • On April 13, 2012 several members of the committee went to Disney for a site visit. Some of the information covered.
      • Banquet / Awards Ceremony:
        • A/V requirements, table and general seating in the ballroom. We should e able to fit close to 1000 people in for the awards ceremony.
      • Internet:
        • Disney provides wi-fi in most common areas.
      • Convention center lobby:
        • Tables for 2013 convention in the main lobby of the convention center.
      • Convention Parking:
        • Disney will do a hard close of the convention center parking lot, so to make sure that we have as many parking spaces available as possible. People staying at the resort will have guaranteed parking. Attendees that are staying off property will have access to parking at the convention center, but it will be a first come first served. If the lot is full they would then have to park in the main parking lot for a fee ($14.00 per day) and ride the monorail to the convention center. All this information will be posted shortly on the website.
      • Foreign Attendees:
        • There have been several inquiries from attendees from foreign countries and I have worked with John Ratzenberger with these. I just want to say that John has sure made this area easy.
  • Dick Montgomery, Secretary
    • IPMS Support the Troops program moves forward. New Points of Contact (PoC) include three new "programs" which supplement the IPMS Wounded Warriors program. Active programs are:
      • IPMS Eagle Squadron located in North Carolina (Jon Emery), (up and running)
      • Kandahar (Wes Macon) (soon to be up and running)
      • FOB Tarin Kowt, AFG, Afghanistan (SGT Jim Meyers) (up and running)
      • IPMS Wounded Warriors located in San Antonio (John Dinsmore) (up and running)

  • Ed Kinney, Treasurer
    • Balances as of 3-16-2012
      Checking account $45,657.33
      Savings Account 27,537.13
      Convention Savings 14,283.43
      Make N Take 2,099.39
      Cert of Deposit 46,547.63
      Cert of Deposit 80,336.22
      2012 Convention 29,602.99
      Total $246,065.12
  • Larry Randel, DLC
    • RCs reporting on annual nominations for National IPMS Chapter of the Year, Newsletter of the Year, and Website/Webmaster of the Year. (Period is for April 1011 to April 2012 to be considered for 2011 winners). Deadline for submissions is to me is April 15th. In the next weeks I will get the nominations posted from each region posted for E-board review and silent votes. I will compile results to be announced at the Nationals in Orlando.
    • Phil Hale RC-3 has decided to remain in place with the approval of the DLC. New RC-8 search beginning (replacing Jim Woody moved out of California).
    • Make and Take Numbers for April
      • Events: 7
      • Models: 445
      • Model Costs: $ 894.11
      • Shipping Costs: $ 137.99
      • Shipping/Program Fees Paid: $ 337.00
    • Cross-check to eliminate missing events in the journal listings in March issue is helping to eliminate mistakes. No missing events in the Journal calendar have been reported to me.

  • John Ratzenberger, DFL
    • New SIG, HMMWV in Scale
    • Politely declined two more requests, both from Guatemala, for "invitations" to 2012 Nats
  • Bruce Briggs, Membership Secretary
    4/15/2012 Memberships Individual Members
    Adult Memberships 4246 4246
    Family Memberships 209


    Junior Memberships 40 40
    Life Memberships 28 28
    COMP Memberships 43 43
    TOTAL 4566 4926
    6/9/2011 Memberships Individual Members
    Adult Memberships 4157 4157
    Family Memberships 194


    Junior Memberships 31 31
    Life Memberships 29 29
    COMP Memberships 43 43
    TOTAL 4454 4759
    1/30/2010 Memberships Individual Members
    Adult Memberships 3732 3732
    Family Memberships 192


    Junior Memberships 23 23
    Life Memberships 29 29
    COMP Memberships 40 40
    TOTAL 4016 4327
    6/1/2009 Memberships Individual Members
    Adult Memberships 3629 3629
    Family Memberships 197


    Junior Memberships 34 34
    Life Memberships 28 28
    COMP Memberships 42 42
    TOTAL 3930 4240

    Date Individual Members Change Memberships Change
    6/1/2009 4240   3930  
    1/30/2010 4327 +2% 4016 +2%
    6/9/2011 4759 +10% 4454 +11%
    4/15/2012 4926 +4% 4566 +3%

  • MJ Kinney, National Office Manager
    • Insurance Coverage for the Orlando convention has been set and includes the Option 2 package (a term applied to a specific level of coverage used by the insurance company).

Staff in Attendance or via submission of report

  • Forum Adm.- Dennis Tennant
    • IPMS/USA Discussion forum update through March, 2012
    • Since the first of the year, the IPMS/USA discussion forum has seen steady growth with few problems. 
    • New forum topics:
      • Jan - 193
      • Feb - 143
      • March - 166
    • 1881 new posts since January 1, 2012
    • Membership additions:
      • 37 new registrations since first of year.
      • Of those 37...
        • 15 were members (requests from general public)
        • 22 were IPMS/USA members (paid-up IPMS/USA members).
    • Topic views top five (with number of views):
      • Aircraft  (3546)
      • Figs    (2579)
      • General modeling  (1918)
      • Armor   (1630)
      • Contests and judging   (1598)

  • Webmaster – Eric Aitala
    • Some edits and updates have been made, and some will be made in the near future.
    • 7500 visits by 4000 visitors with 31,000 page views within the review area for 2012
    • 446,000, visits by 57,000 unique visitors in the course of a year.

Submitted by Dick Montgomery, Secretary

Last Updated: Monday October 12 2015
NOTE: This is the archive of the IPMS/USA Website. It is not currently being updated. Any information you find here may be out of date or incorrect. Visit the current IPMS/USA Website.