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December, 2001

Next Meeting Time:
  • Monday, December 3, 2001, 7:30pm
  • First Parish Church, Berlin, MA
  • Meeting Program:
    1. Secretary's report
    2. Treasurer's report
    3. Field Director's report
    4. Old business
    5. New business
    6. Show-n-tell
    7. Guest Speaker: Dean Anderson with a demonstration on how to cut foam airplane floats

Key Exchange Required

The keying of the lock on the field gate will be changed at the end of this year.
The date will be December 31st, or a slightly earlier date if that is not practical. Your key should be exchanged for a new key at the time of your 2002 membership application.
Keys may be exchanged at a club meeting by presenting a signed 2002 membership application, your 2002 AMA membership card, payment of dues, and your old key.
Keys may be exchanged by mail by mailing a signed 2002 membership application, your 2002 AMA membership card (or a copy of it), payment of dues, your old key, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the club secretary. Your AMA card will be returned, and you will receive a 2002 CMRCM membership card and a new key

Recently, it was noticed that many cigarette butts and a few broken props were littering the pit area. Fish-&-Game rules require us to keep the area they have given us to use clean and neat. Please haul your litter home with you. Thank you.

Presidents Corner
Hello everybody. Looks like I'm going to be back for another year. I'd like to thank you all for that and welcome our newest board member, Dean Anderson. Dean and I have been best friends for a long time, and I'm sure that he'll prove to be a welcome addition to the board. Our annual auction was a success as well as a really fun afternoon. There were some real bargains and it constantly amazes me that some people will sell their items at a fraction of what they're worth.

As we go into the new year, I'd like to re-emphasize that this is your club and we're interested in your ideas on how to make it better. Are there any types of events that you'd like to see? Any particular programs? We're always open to suggestion, although if you suggest having a certain event, we'll probably draft you into running it (with our help of course).

It looks like we're going to have a foam cutting demonstration for the December meeting. Dean's going to cut a set of floats. Hope to see you there.
by Steve Kelley

Balance as of 9/31/2001 1262.10
  Auction admissions and raffle 489.00
  Auction sales commissions 283.50
  Auction canteen 132.40
  2002 membership dues 25.00
  Total 929.90
  Auction fliers/postage/raffle prizes 281.84
  Auction bartender cover charge 33.75
  Auction food/supplies 63.91
  Field mowing: 8/2001-10/2001 (9) 585.00
  10/2001 and 11/2001 newsletter printing 223.72
  Misc: 2002 membership card printing, Registered-letter postage, Account service charge, 2002 annual report 28.09
Total withdrawals 1216.31
Balance as of 11/30/2001 975.69

Note: Hard-copy version does not include 11/2001 newsletter, therefore shows a balance of 1092.01

Auction Financial Report
  Admissions and raffle ticket sales 489.00
  Sales commissions 283.50
  Canteen sales 132.40
  Total 904.90
  Fliers/postage/raffle prizes 281.84
  VFW bartender cover charge 33.75
  Food for canteen 63.91
  Model Aviation advertisementtd> 24.00
Total 513.50
Net profit 391.40

Minutes of Meeting November 5, 2001
Meeting called to order at 7:35 PM.

The Secretary's report for the October meeting was accepted as published in the November newsletter.

The Treasurer's report for October was accepted as published in the November newsletter.

Field Director's Report:Dennis Cherry had a meeting with Fish and Game. Details will be published in the newsletter. Hunting season runs through November 24th, during which time flying is allowed at the field only on Sundays.

Old Business:Russ Miller reported that the plans for the auction are going well. The raffle prize this year will be a Futaba 6DA radio.

New Business:Jack Hall informed the members of the club that they are cordially invited to sign up for the second annual CRRC Holiday Party at the Marlborough Country Club, Wednesday December 5th. As happened last year, attendees will be treated to a low-key evening of socializing, good food, and live entertainment. This year, CRRC members and their guests will be serenaded by The Widows, the well-known Wellesley singing group who will just have returned from a competitive performance and will treat us to a music medley chosen from their recent shows. Please give serious thought to turning out for an evening of food, entertainment, and sociability. Ticket prices are $25/person with a cash bar available. For further information, or to sign up in advance, please contact Peter Young at (617) 484-0640, e-mail

The board recommended keeping the present dues structure and increasing the dues for all members over the age of 18 by $10 (11 of 116 members are 18 and under). The board believes a $5 increase would balance the budget in the future, but because our balance has fallen so low recommends the $10 increase at least until the balance is restored to a healthy level. A vote was taken on the board's recommendation for 2002 dues, and passed (27 votes for, 5 votes against, and 1 disqualified vote). Members who do not require a printed and mailed newsletter are encouraged to request that none be sent in order to save the club the expense of printing and mailing, but no dues discount will be given. The newsletters are available online at:

The following persons had been nominated for the Board of Directors:
Harvey ThomasianSteve Kelley
Peter FeilMike Doucette
Dennis CherryJim Dibb
Kevin SchleicherDean Anderson
There were no new nominations. Harvey Thomasian asked that his nomination be withdrawn. The seven remaining nominees were elected to the board of directors.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting November 5, 2001
Meeting called to order at 8:15 PM.

The board voted to keep the present officers: Steve Kelley as President, Dennis Cherry as Field Director, Peter Feil as Secretary, and Mike Doucette as Treasurer.

The lock will be changed at the end of this year, and members will need to exchange their key at the time of their membership renewal for 2002. Peter Feil will be responsible for getting new keys and having the lock re-keyed.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

I have become aware from the November 15th general meeting of the 107th R/C Fliers, that AMA renewals are taking at least five weeks to process. Allow adequate time for renewals to be processed.

Seeing Clearly
by Lynn Williams
Far out in the parking lot early in the morning at the TNT, a flier who shall remain unnamed was sighted applying a secret substance to his eyeglasses in preparation for the day's flying. Okay! I am willing to come out of the closet on this one since I have been using this substance for about six months and it really seems to help. The substance is RainX®! Originally sold as a treatment for auto exterior glass, it seems to leave a very thin, clear, transparent polymer substance on the glass which seems to slightly sharpen the image and increase the surface tension, making water bead up instead of spreading on the glass.

This product is available in two useful forms. Apply RainX® in the yellow bottle to perfectly clean glass, then allow the solvent carrier to evaporate, then polish with a soft tissue until clear. The other method is to use the RainX® Glass Cleaner, which works much like Windex. RainX® is easily found at supermarkets and auto parts stores. The RainX® glass cleaner I have found only at Albertson's in the Automotive chemical section. The results you obtain with this product may vary. Have your eyes checked every two years at least. 20/20 vision means you can see a 20-degree arc in a circle (pie chart) at 20 feet. 20/15 vision means you can see a 15 degree arc at 20 feet (better). Birds of prey are thought to have 20/10 vision or better!

from Update
Soaring League of North Texas
Mike Glass, editor
Dallas TX