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IPMS/USA Executive Board Meeting Minutes

May 2012

Officers Present

  • Dick Christ (President)
  • Mike Ronnau (Second Vice President)
  • Larry Randel (Director of Local Chapters)
  • Dick Montgomery (Secretary)
  • John Ratzenberger (DFL)
  • Bruce Briggs (Membership Secretary)
  • Mary Jane Kinney (National Office Manager) *
  • Dennis Tennant (Forum Admin) *
  • Aris Pappas (50th Anniversary Committee) *
  • Eric Aitala (Webmaster) *
* = Non-voting staff or Guest
  • Dick Christ, President
    • No items presented.

  • Steve Collins, 1st Vice President
    • Not present.

  • Mike Ronnau, 2nd Vice President
    • 2012 Update
      • Bid Presentation Meeting at Orlando Convention will be extended from one to two hours in order to accommodate the possibility of an increase in the number of presentations due to the potential of increased interest in hosting 2014 since it is the 50th Anniversary of IPMS/USA.
      • NCC meeting scheduled for 2PM on Saturday, August 11th
      • May 2012 IPMS/USA 2012 National Convention Update
      • Registrations:
        • 130 Adults
        • 1 Junior
        • 22 Fantasy of Flight tours
        • 26 Kennedy Space Center tours
        • 70 Adult Banquets
        • 1 Child Banquet
        • 43 Judges
        • 49 T-Shirts
        • 29 additional Pins
        • 74 Guests with the registrants
      • Trophy Sponsorships:
        • Trophy sponsorships are coming in at this time.
      • Convention Website Update:
        In the past week several updates were added to the website.
        • Added an FAQ
        • Posted a tentative schedule. This is a work in progress and it is noted so.
        • Added seminars. Seminar speakers so far. Dick Montgomery (Support the Troops), Jim Mesko (Pacific Armor), Cookie Sewell (T-72 and T-80), Dana Bell (Aviation on battleships and cruisers between the world wars), Tom Grossman (Iwata airbrushes) and Randy Cooper (Movie Model / Prop Maker). There are a few more seminar speakers in the works at this time.
        • We have put an update on the Raffle page with vendors that have made donations for the raffle.
        • Added a link for volunteers to sign-up.
        • Added images of the Convention t-shirt image to help drive sales as noted last year in Omaha. Also have sent this to Eric Aitala 05/12/12 to update the shopping cart.
        • Added images of the trophies.
    • 2013 Update
      • Plans are proceeding with no issues being reported at this time.
    • 2014 Update
      • Updated parameters for 50th Anniversary Convention have been made available.
    • 2016 Update
      • A group has expressed interest in hosting the 2016 convention.

  • Dick Montgomery, Secretary
    • M.A.P. program terminated….we have reached the end of the available inventory of kits for the M.A.P. program.
    • STT Growth – For a number of years the only program in the STT was IPMS Wounded Warriors (located in San Antonio at Brooke Army Med Ctr). We now have five programs, two international and three domestic, with a 3rd international program awaiting approval from local officials prior to activation. These numbers are subject to change. Those who are administering projects that are not included on the website at are encouraged to contact the IPMS Secretary at
      • Donations have increased with the help of Fine Scale Modeler and Aaron Skinner. A short article about the program appeared and potential donors are making contact regarding the program.

  • Ed Kinney, Treasurer
    • Not present.

  • Larry Randel, DLC
    • Nominations for national Chapter of the Year, Webmaster/Website of the Year, and Newsletter of the Year will soon be presented to the EB for a vote with awards announced at the Nationals in Orlando.
    • Make and Take Numbers for May
      • Events:13
      • Models: 506
      • Model Costs: $1364.05
      • Shipping Costs: $179.27
      • Shipping/Program Fees Paid: $568.00
    • Cross-check to eliminate missing events in the journal listings in June  issue just completed with John Heck. Only a couple things were missing and those were probably outside of the range going into this issue. No missing events in the Journal calendar have been reported to me from last issue.

  • John Ratzenberger, DFL
    • No items presented.
  • Bruce Briggs, Membership Secretary
    5/20/2012 Memberships Change Individual Members Change
    Adult Memberships 4336 90 4336 90
    Family Memberships 217 8 589 20
    Junior Memberships 42 2 42 2
    Life Memberships 28 0 28 0
    COMP Memberships 43 0 43 0
    TOTAL 4666 100 5038 112
    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  

    Date Individual Members Memberships
    6/1/2009 4240 3930
    1/30/2010 4327 4016
    6/9/2011 4759 4454
    5/20/2012 5038 4666

  • MJ Kinney, National Office Manager
    • No items reported.

Staff in Attendance or via submission of report

  • Forum Admin - Dennis Tennant
    • New forum topics
      • January - 193
      • February - 143
      • March - 166
      • April - 148
    • 2378 new posts since January 1, 2012
    • Membership additions:
      • 53 new registrations since first of year.
        • Of those 53...17 were members (requests from general public),
        • 36 were IPMS/USA members (paid-up IPMS/USA members).
    • Topic views top five (number of views):
      • Aircraft (4653)
      • Figures (2691)
      • General modeling (2588)
      • Armor (2111)
      • Contests and judging (1979)

  • Webmaster – Eric Aitala
    • Minor updates on review website - security patches, removed/combined unused review categories.
    • Security update on Gallery website.
    • Updates to main IPMS web site - updated menu and a few webpages.
    • Database issue on main IPMS web site resolved.
    • Updated credit card info for web host.
    • Updated online store with 2012 Convention T-Shirt image.
    • Things to do:
      • Update Forum software.
      • Investigate need to increase disk space on - we're at about 65% of quota.
      • Working on new main web site design.

  • 50th Anniversary Committee - Aris Pappas
    • Stressed importance of planning for the Journal to take an important role in promoting the 50th Anniversary and importance of outreach to advertisers and manufacturers.

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.