Minutes of the PARTS meeting on July 6th, 2002

Pete Skeggs, PARTS President, opened the meeting by asking for a show of hands from first-time attendees; about ten people were attending their first PARTS meeting.

Pete announced that our hoped-for presentation by the Portland State Aerospace Society had to be postponed due to a re-scheduling of their next launch date. PSAS plans to launch its next rocket in August; work on the rocket prevented their representative from attending our meeting today. Pete said that we will include a link to the PSAS web site from the PARTS web site; one of the PSAS members told Pete that their rockets were the ultimate flying autonomous robots. Check out the PSAS site; they have some incredible multimedia videos of launches.

Pete announced that the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) has scheduled three First Lego League competitions this year in place of the single event held last December. There will be two regional playoff competitions: the first is for teams from Multnomah and Clackamas counties on December 7th at Wilsonville high school. The second playoff is for teams from Washington county on December 15th at Century high school in Hillsboro. The Oregon state tournament will be held January 18th at Clackamas high school. The competitions are designed for 9- to 14-year old students working as a team with LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits to traverse a standardized course and solve a set of problems along the way. ORTOP is looking for technical mentors for teams, and for volunteers to help run the competitions. More details about mentoring and volunteering are available at www.ortop.org.

Pete announced that he still had certificates of participation from PDXBOT.02 for those who haven’t picked theirs up yet.

Pete reminded everyone that PARTS is still accepting submissions of artwork for our club logo. Entries should be posted to the club file storage area at www.yahoogroups.com/group/parts.

Pete announced that PARTS now has about $1400 in the club treasury. Now that PDXBOT.02 is over, Dana will file the club’s application for tax-exempt status with the IRS (and send them a check to cover the application and filing cost). Despite the appearance of being flush, we’re still several hundred dollars below the minimum balance required to avoid having to pay monthly service charges fir the checking account.

The next PARTS meeting will be Saturday, August 3rd.