December 13th Launch Canceled!

Due to lakebed conditions and pending rain to worsen the surface, the ROC BOD has elected to cancel the December Launch.

See you all in January!


Membership Renewals!

This is a reminder to renew your membership to ROC for 2015. Go to http://rocstock.org/join/ to renew for 2015!

As previously announced, ROC is going to simplify Executive Memberships and starting in 2015, they will run January to December. There will be no pro-ration for partial years, as the fee is only $60 (cheapest date in town) for 16 launch days per year! Executive members will still pay the $5/day fee that gets passed directly to the BLM for any days that they fly. If you fly every day that ROC is on the lakebed, you will pay a total of $140 for a year of flying! That’s cheaper than coffee and helps to sustain the club by providing working cash to maintain the equipment. Daily flying fees without a membership go up to $20/day in 2015 so joining represents a discount if you fly more than 7 days.

Accompanying this change is a change in our membership card policy as well. If you join between Nov. 1st, 2014 and January 31st, 2015, your card will be available in early February. If you join between February 1st and April 30th, your card will be available in early May. If you join after April 30th, you will be able to pick up a “blank” 2015 membership card and write your name on it (we’ll provide the sharpie) at a launch. “Blank” cards will be pre-printed just like the regular cards except they will be blank where the name goes. Due to liability waiver requirements, you may have to pick up your card at the launch site in person…more on that in January when the cards are ready.

The new membership cards will feature a ROC design, your name pre-printed (if you join before April 30th), and you will get both a wallet card and a card that can be punched and hung around your neck. Everyone who joins will be eligible to pick up a fancy lanyard to hang their card from registration while supplies last. When we run out of lanyards, you can get a ROC sticker. If we run out of stickers, well, you’re just out of luck!

Allen


2014 ROC Election Results

Professor Farnsworth from "Futurama" saying "Good News, Everyone!"
The ballots are in, and the people have spoken!

Rick Magee has been re-elected as Tripoli Prefect.

Rick O’Neil, David Smith, and John Van Norman were elected for the 3 full-term (3 year) Board positions. Mike Ostby was elected to fill the open Board seat for the remaining 2 years.

The ROC Board has elected as officers:

President – Rick Dickinson
Vice President – Bryce Chanes
Treasurer – Ian Walberg
Secretary – Mike Riss

In addition, Veronica Kirk was appointed to fill the opening created by a recent Board member’s resignation (due to work travel requirements).

On behalf of the Board, Officers, and club, I’d like to thank all the people who stepped forward this year. Whether selected or not, your willingness to serve is appreciated!

I’d also like to thank the outgoing board members, Greg Lyzenga, Allen Farrington, and Lee Scott, for their service. Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of the time and effort you’ve put in on behalf of the club at the next launch you attend :-)

Mike
ROC Board Member and Secretary


2015 Membership Information

As previously announced, ROC is going to simplify Executive Memberships and starting in 2015, they will run January to December. There will be no pro-ration for partial years, as the fee is only $60 (cheapest date in town) for 16 launch days per year! Executive members will still pay the $5/day fee that gets passed directly to the BLM for any days that they fly. If you fly every day that ROC is on the lakebed, you will pay a total of $140 for a year of flying! That’s cheaper than coffee and helps to sustain the club by providing working cash to maintain the equipment.

Accompanying this change is a change in our membership card policy as well. If you join between Nov. 1st, 2014 and January 31st, 2015, you will receive a membership card in the mail in early February. If you join between February 1st and April 30th, you will receive a membership card in the mail in early May. If you join after April 30th, you will be able to pick up a “blank” 2015 membership card and write your name on it (we’ll provide the sharpie) at a launch. “Blank” cards will be pre-printed just like the regular cards except they will be blank where the name goes.

The new membership cards will feature a ROC design, your name pre-printed (if you join before April 30th), and you will get both a wallet card and a card that can be punched and hung around your neck. Everyone who joins will be eligible to pick up a fancy lanyard to hang their card from registration while supplies last. When we run out of lanyards, you can get a ROC sticker. If we run out of stickers, well, you’re just out of luck!

We hope that everyone understands that maintaining the membership rolls takes time away from the hobby for the person that fulfills that role for the club, so we’re trying to lessen the burden and simplify so that there’s more time for flying!


ROCStock XL (40) Is Here! Saturday Nov. 8th – Sun. the 9th

ROCstock group photo - click for larger view!

ROCstock group photo – click for larger view!

Fellow ROC members and rocket flyers,

ROCStock 40 is here! The launch takes place Saturday Nov. 8th to Sunday the 9th at our normal launch site on Lucerne Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA.

Directions and other details can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1440611639547349/ or our website http://rocstock.org/

Current weather forecasts for Lucerne Valley say we can expect day time highs in the upper 70’sF with overnight lows in the mid 40’sF. If you’ve been out before, this is just a forecast as the lake bed has its own special climate!  One source of weather is http://tinyurl.com/lmbjtzk. As always the “W” is usually lighter first thing in the morning, increasing in strength during the day.  We always recommend you arrive early ready to fly.

Range setup will begin Friday the 7th in the early afternoon.  Depending on how many make it out for setup, we hope to have the range open for flying at 8:00am Saturday. When you arrive please take care to look out for the safety areas and any areas reserved for vendors, club equipment etc. In addition to keeping the safety zones and access roads clear please do not park RVs or high sided vehicles on the front row to maximize safety and visibility for everyone.

We need everyone to pitch in for their fair share of of the effort it takes to get a launch of this size “off the ground”.  Look up a Board Member or stop by the registration table and we will find you some way of helping, learning more about rocketry, and even making some new friends.

Discount Rocketry and Bay Area Rocketry are expected at the launch and ‘Two guys and a Grille’ will be selling food.  Lucerne Valley Market has almost anything else you will need for a day/night on the lake bed.  There will be T-shirts for sale, along with other ROC merchandise.  We hope to have a raffle as well.

Both NAR and Tripoli certifications can be conducted for those interested.

And don’t forget, our Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday the 8th at 5pm.

*** GENERAL INFO ***
Daily members launch fee is $15 and the Executive member fee is $5. Everybody needs to register and get a wrist band to fly. All participants and spectators need to sign a liability waiver. Please be aware of the requirement to follow all safety rules and procedures while attending the launch, and make sure that children are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Overnight camping is allowed as usual, but be sure to keep all campfires in above-ground containers to comply with BLM rules, and pack your ashes and wood debris out with you when you leave. Let’s always try to leave the playa a little cleaner than we found it. Portable toilets should be delivered on site by Friday to support overnight campers and setup.

We look forward to seeing new and existing members, and are eagerly anticipating a safe and fun weekend of rocketry.  Let’s celebrate ROC’s 20th anniversary with style!

Mike Riss
ROC Board Member and Secretary


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