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Minutes from the Tripoli Board of Directors Meeting (excerpted)
2 December 1990
BOARD EMBERS [SIC] PRESENT: BRUCE KELLY, DENNIS LAMOTHE, GARY
VOSECEK, RICH ZARECKI, MARC LAVIGNE, CHUCK ROGERS, AND GARY PRICE
Also participating: CHUCK MUND, ART MARKOWITZ, AND JERRY KOLB
C. NAR AHPR DECISION
Chuck Rogers opened the discussion on the NAR's decision, on October
28th in St. Louis, to move into AHPR. Chuck Mund, who served on the
NAR's Barrowman Commission, gave a report on the contents of that
decision. Chuck reported that the NAR has formed 2 "Tiger Teams" to do
the intitial work on the move to AHPR. (1) The Education team, headed
by Greg Kennedy, to investigate the education aspects of AHPR. (2) The
Rules, Regulations and Codes team, headed by G. Harry Stine will write
the NAR's AHPR safety code and revisions to the NFPA 1122 regulations.
Chuck Mund stated the NAR said it was moving into AHPR only for
educational purposes. However NAR statements have led the Tripoli Board
to believe that they intend to encompass the full realm of
non-professional rocketry. Statement's such as Pat Miller's "I believe
that the NAR board has indeed charted the course of sport rocketry for
the next generation" strongly support that belief.
The Board concluded that in essence, there is now an alternative
organization to Tripoli for those who engage in Advanced High Power
Rocketry. IT IS THE INTENT OF THE BOARD TO MAKE TRIPOLI ROCKETRY
ASSOCIATION THE BEST ORGANIZATION TO BELONG TO FOR THOSE PEOPLE
PARTICIPATING IN AHPR.
NFPA 1122 REWRITE
Discussions over various documents including the initial Stine tiger
team outline were made. Much debate insued over the content and the
NAR's intent of this document. The Center of attention in that outline
was (Section II) NFPA 1122 Revisions for Model Rocketry. (Item E)
"Revise exemption paragraph to eliminate "bogus" corporations using
exemptions to get around regulations and to place all non-employer
organizations under NFPA 1122"
Various Board members indicated that if this became a reality Tripoli
and other amateur rocket organizations such as the Rocket Research
Institute (RRI) could be essentially eliminated. Also the meaning of
the term "bogus corporation" was asked. Despite the lack of evidence to
the contrary, the Board did not want to conclude that the term referred
to Tripoli. Overall the Board agreed that many items in this outline
were not in the best interest of the Tripoli Rocketry Association.
Discussion then shifted to what Tripoli could do to influence the
process for a more favorable conclusion. Gary Rosenfield suggested that
since Chuck Mund and himself were members of Stine's tiger team, this
would be a good place to start. Gary believes that the NAR is looking
at Tripoli for guidance in this area. Gary Rosenfield said that he has
also volunteered to write the first draft of the NFPA 1122 rewrite for
the NAR tiger team and asked for input from the other Board members.
The use of our seat on the NFPA Committee on Pyrotechnics was an obvious
tool for influence that was also stated. Other items discussedd were:
(1) To investigate increasing our representation on the NFPA
(2) Have the Motor Test and Listing committee propose our own version of
the NFPA 1122 rewrite. Consensus was to see what Gary comes up with and
work from that as a starting point.
TRIPOLI REPRESENTATION IN THE NAR
The next point of discussion of NAR's AHPR decision concerned the
possibility of Tripoli having a representative on the NAR board. Since
the NAR elections are only a few months away, now would be a good time
to do so. Also since many members are dual members in the NAR, it was
felt that it was appropriate for Tripoli to have a political voice role
in the NAR. Concerns over the NAR's possible reactions to this subject
were expressed. Moose stated that the NAR might actually look at a
Tripoli member running for their board as a positive action on our part.
Since the NAR is planning to play a very active role in AHPR, Tripoli
can bring a lot of experience in the running of high power rocketry to
the NAR. Chuck Rogers moved to have a member of Tripoli run for the NAR
board. Dennis Lamothe seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously, 8-0
Another aspect of NAR's AHPR decision was brought up by Rich Zarecki.
When the NAR starts flying AHPR, NAR membership will bring another
opportunity for all to fly high power. With this and the election in
mind Chuck Rogers moved to encourage Tripoli members, who are not
already, to join the NAR. Bruce Kelly seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously, 8-0
A NAR membership from will be included in the next Tripolitan mailing.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT (excerpted)
The Board realizes that the NAR has stronger ties to the regulatory
authorities and more seats than Tripoli on the NFPA Pyrotechnics
Committee. This is counterbalanced by the fact that the development of
high power rocketry and the current high power rocketry activity is
encompassed by Tripoli wit it's over 1,000 members. Many members of
Tripoli are also dual members of the NAR, and the Board feels that these
member's views are not being acknowledged by the NAR. With the NAR
planning a strong, and perhaps *** role in high power rocketry, the
Board feels it is in the members best interest that they take action to
have their views heard within the NAR. The Board encourages all members
of Tripoli who are not already members of the NAR to join the NAR and
vote for Tripoli candidates in the next NAR Board of Trustees election.
The Board has directed the Editor of the Tripolitan to include a NAR
application in this issue to facilitate this.
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