Equipment Maintenance Party a Success!

As Equipment manager I want to thank those that showed up to help get all the ROC equipment in order for Rocstock coming up in two weeks.  The heart an soul of the club are the members and flyers but the skeleton, blood, guts and nervous system is the equipment we have for launching our rockets.  Without it working correctly we would all be standing around admiring the paint jobs on our projects but doing little flying.  So for those that came out to help us clean and organize everything, I thank you and I am sure the club will thank you when we put on the November Rocstock with the great launch pads and control systems that we have.

So remember that when you pay your membership dues and flight fees, that money goes into keeping our equipment in top shape.  It goes into the porta potties and trash bins that we all need out on the lake bed, and it goes toward the fees we have to pay to use the lake bed.  And since we are all unpaid volunteers in this club, the more everyone pitches in to help with setup and tear down and doing a couple hours at the LCO/RSO/Pad manager tables, the more we will all feel like we are in the club together.

Thanks again to all,

Kurt Gugisberg

Equipment manager

2014 ROC Elections

Ballots for the 2014 ROC Board Elections have been mailed to all ROC Executive Members, Lifetime Members, and Board Members.  We have six (6) qualified candidates who have stepped forward this year, and you may vote for up to four (4) of them.

The three (3) candidates with the most votes will be elected to 3-year terms, and the fourth-place candidate will be elected to a 2-year term.

ROC Board terms are normally three years.  Lee Scott was initially appointed by the ROC Board to fill the vacancy caused by David Smith’s resignation between elections, but our bylaws require that we elect a director to serve the rest of that term at the next regularly-scheduled election.  Therefore, we have three 3-year terms and one 2-year term to be filled by this ballot.

Additionally, Tripoli now requires that our Prefect be voted on by the ROC membership.  Therefore, our Tripoli Prefect, Rick Magee appears on the ballot for confirmation by the members.  Please indicate your continued support for Rick Magee as our Prefect by checking the box next to his name.

Ballots must be postmarked by November 1, 2014, to be counted.  Results will be announced at the annual ROC Member Meeting, which will be held on the lake bed at ROCstock, on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 5:00 PM PST.

Here are the statements submitted by all of the candidates this year, in alphabetical order by last name.  Please read through the statements, and when you receive your ballot in the mail, cast your votes for the candidates that you would like to see serving on the ROC Board:

Veronica Kirk

Veronica L. Kirk, PhDVeronica Kirk
NAR 91973
Tripoli 14498
Cert. Level 2
KI8RK – Amateur Extra

I want to start by saying a very grateful THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me last year. This past year, in filling out the term of another board member, has been very enlightening for me in terms of so many things, but specifically, in how (and why) the club structure is set up and operates the way it does.

I have that education behind me and have identified several functions where I feel I can be very beneficial to the club, if elected for a ‘full’ term in this upcoming election. The first year is basically “getting your feet wet” and I am ready to start bringing, not just suggestions, but substantial work effort to solving existing and new challenges that the club faces on an ongoing basis.

There are many dedicated and wonderful people that I have been honored to work with over this past year and have gleaned an insight as to how my international technological management experience can help to meld some very bright suggestions from those individuals on issues that I KNOW are important to all members of the club.

For anyone who may wish to be bored, my bio is available upon request. Thank you in advance for your support in me putting the last years’ experience / training to work in a full term seat.

Phil Laisure

Phil LaisureGreetings!
My name is Phil Laisure, and I am submitting this for an opportunity to join the ROC Board.

I have been involved with this great hobby since a friend of mine turned me on this this in 2001.  The first launch I attended was the LDRS launch hosted by ROC that year.  I showed up with my LOC Aura and a couple of motors, and I was instantly hooked.  At the following ROCstock that November, I obtained my TRA Level 1.

Since then, I’ve progressed to Level 3, I can’t believe that was 10 years ago.  My garage looks like a missle silo, and I’m always working on or building another one.

Until recently, I was a member of Civil Air Patrol, and tried to encourage our youth in building their own rockets so they could earn the Civil Air Patrol rocketry badge, but I also built several large projects over the years as a group effort, and to help them understand what it takes to build a large rocket.  Plus, it’s fun to show up at the RSO table with an “M” powered rocket built by a bunch of 14 year olds.

I decided to join as a club member some time ago, it’s been at least 8 years, but probably more.  I don’t get to many launches, I try to attend the ROCstock launches, and maybe 1-2 more during the year.

I was at launch this September, and was convinced to apply for this by a couple of the other board members.  So, here it is.

To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot of what goes on “behind the scenes” with the Board.  But, I think to help out the club, and kind of “pay it forward”, I think it’s time I offered to help.  I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment form the club over the years, and would like to help that continue.

Thank you or your consideration on this.
Phil A. Laisure

Rick O’Neil
Please accept this email as my request for candidacy for a board position in ROC. I am a founder of ROC and have served as Treasurer and President multiple times in the past. I helped ROC gain membership as both a NAR Section and Tripoli Prefecture. I built the first ROC launch control system and helped in building the current system. In the past 20 years I have mentored boy scouts, CAP, middle school students and high school students. I have traveled to launches all over the US since the 80’s and used this experience to contribute to ROC’s organizational success.

A successful nomination will add my knowledge in organizational management, relationships with vendors all over the country and a familiar voice to the members in person and on the microphone.

Thank you for your consideration.
Rick O’Neil

Mike Ostby

OstbyMy name is Mike Ostby.  I’ve been an active ROC member since August 2011.  As many others be for me I am a born again rocketeer.  The hobby has changed and progressed so much since I first starting flying in the mid 1970’s. I am a family man and usually I can been seen out on the flight line with one or both of my kids.  With the help and encouragement of fellow ROC members I have progressed from building Estes model kits to designing and scratch building high power birds.  I recently obtained NAR level 3 certification and now would like to “pay it forward” as the saying goes.

I feel a great way of “giving back” to ROC and it’s members is to run for a spot on the Board of Directors.  I feel I could be a strong asset to ROC.  As a board member I would do my best to fulfill whatever the task at hand is and to contribute in any way that I can.  I am prepared to commit my time and knowledge to ROC to better our club so that flyers of all ages and skill levels with continue to have a safe, exciting and fun experience for years to come.

Thank you for your consideration,

Mike Ostby
NAR Level 3 93176

David P. Smith

David P SmithI built my first Estes kit in 1968, as a Cub Scout. In the 90s when my son was a Cub Scout we got interested again, and started coming to occasional ROC launches. Occasional ramped up to fairly frequent, and then most launches. I am currently certified Level 2.

I make it to most launches, if only to watch the launches and hang out. My favorite place to watch from is the LCO panel, and I do try to volunteer in some capacity at most of the launches I attend.

I have been a licensed Ham since 1977. I enjoy various aspects of the hobby, including Radio Direction Finding, APRS (which I have been working on for rocket tracking), and various digital modes of operation. I am a Volunteer Examiner, and have taught several classes to help others get their license. My main interest in ham radio is building my own gear, including designing some from the ground up.

For part of my career I worked as a Safety Specialist at San Onofre, in the Occupational Safety and Health group. I studied safety and risk management at UC Riverside Extension. I have always been very interested in safety and ensuring activities can be done without mishap. I continue this interest from time to time when volunteering as RSO.

I was elected to the board last year, but resigned when I thought I would be working for a year contract in Nebraska. That job didn’t work out, so now I am working locally at a permanent job. My schedule rotates, but I will be around for most launches and other activities. I now live in Barstow, about 35 to 40 minutes from the launch site.

Thank you for your consideration,
David P Smith
NAR 78668
Amateur Extra, W6DPS

John Van Norman

Brother JohnI am John Van Norman and I am running for the ROC Board of Directors. I have previously been a board member and served 1-year as the vice-president. I was the Launch Director for our last LDRS.

I have been a member of ROC for about 18 years. I am a Level 3 flyer with both NAR and TRA. I am what we fondly refer to as a ‘BAR’-Born again Rocketeer, having built and flown rockets in my youth. I love spending time with the Club and sharing my skills and knowledge with everyone.

As a long time member and former board member I have lots of experience dealing with the club and its behind the scenes activities.

W. John Van Norman

Notice of ROC Annual Members Meeting

Per the bylaws of the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC), it is one of my duties as Secretary of the Corporation to give notice of ROC’s Annual Membership meeting.

The 2014 meeting will be held during the November ROCStock (RS 40), taking place at Lucerne Dry Lake November 8th and 9th.  Specifically, the meeting will be called to order at 5pm on Saturday, November 8th at the Range Head on the lakebed.

All ROC Members, Daily Flying members, and Spectators are invited to the meeting.   However, only Executive (Annual Paid), Board, and Lifetime Members will be recognized for business during the meeting or will be allowed to vote.  This is a standing meeting; i.e. you must be present to participate, as no proxy voting will be allowed.

The only item currently on the Agenda is the Announcement of the results of the 2015 Board of Directors election. Additional Agenda items can be sent directly to me at “”, preferably by midnight, November 2nd, 2014. Items may also be brought to the floor during the meeting after the set Agenda is completed.

Mike Riss
ROC Secretary

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ROC Equipment Maintenance Party Sat. Oct. 25th

Fellow ROC Members,

ROC’s Equipment Maintenance party will be held on Saturday, October 25.  Over the past year, we’ve added some cool new mid-row pads, acquired and outfitted a new smaller trailer for monthly launches, R and R’ed the connectors on the launch system cables, and recently rolled out a new wireless PA system, just to name a few.  All these things, plus all the other great equipment we have, won’t last very long or remain reliable without some TLC from time to time.  In addition to helping the club with equipment maintenance and repair, the party is a great chance to schmooze with all your favorite rocket dudes and dudettes.  “Festivities” start at 9:00 a.m.  ROC will provide lunch for all in attendance.

The location is the Sundowner Ranch in Lucerne Valley:

Directions to the Ranch are quite simple; In Lucerne Valley, take Rabbit Springs Road east from Highway 18 for 2.3 miles.  Turn left on Kendall Road, which turns into Cove Road after 0.6 miles.  In 1.8 miles it becomes Exeter St. and in 1.2 more miles the road ends at Sundowner Ranch.  You can’t miss it!  Enter and go left (south) to where the trailers and storage container are parked.

Please come out and help us get prepared for ROC-Stock.  See you there!

ROC BOD member and Secretary

P.S.  For people who’ve been before, or heard horror stories, Equipment Manager Kurt Gugisberg has relieved us of the need to clean rods and rails.  He has a really innovative contraption at home that he uses for cleaning in between launches.  So, no more dealing with the grime, or coming home smelling like you bathed in salad dressing   ;-)


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