No Elsberry High-Power Launch this weekend (April 12-13)

The club has been in contact with the landowner of the Elsberry field and was informed that it is too muddy, following the rain earlier this week, for us to use the roads. Therefore, there is officially no launch this weekend.

We also wish to make clear that this does not mean there will be another high-power launch on a later weekend. There may be only a few weekends left before the fields resume their "day job" of growing corn and soybeans. We are watching this on a week-to-week basis, and if it becomes possible for us to have another launch we will put it on the calendar here ASAP. Thanks again to those of you who filled out the RSVP form to let us know you have rockets to fly.

Tuesday April 8, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, April 8th, at our new meeting location: Google Map Link

Bandana's Bbq Sunset Hills
11750 Gravois Road
Sunset Hills, Missouri, 63127

We are continuing to meet at  Bandana’s BBQ Sunset Hills. Lets us know what you think about meeting at this location. Even though Bandana’s Sunset Hills doesn’t have a minimum food purchase, we are encouraging members to purchase something to support the use of the room. We have the room from 6:30 to 9:00 and we’ll need to leave promptly since 9 pm is the closing time.


The room will be available at 6:30 PM and  the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM. We'll need to be out of the room by 9:00 PM (closing).

If you're a member of SLRA, the meeting minutes from the March meeting will be available here: Meeting Minutes Page,

The standard agenda for all meetings is as follows:

1. Treasury Status.

2. Recognition of Achievements

3. Recognition of Contributions

4. Members expenses.

5. Old Business - please review minutes for last month's meeting for topics

6. New Business

On line and paper membership forms with payments received by mail  to be processed by treasurer and president.

Please comment on this post or email me at if you have new business for the meeting.

Heino Pull
SLRA Secretary

Wednesday May 14th Welcome Dinner for Gene and Marta Kranz

 Last Friday, I met with the Moonrise Hotel Banquet Coordinator Wendy Walker.  We are now set for our Welcome Dinner for Gene and Marta Kranz.  The event will be held in the Apollo 11 Room.  This room provides us with an awesome location to have our dinner; with privacy, plenty of space, round tables that accommodate up to 10 people, and wet-bar for purchase of beverages (soda, tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages).

The cost to attend this even is $35.  The dinner selections are as follows:

1.  Mahi Mahi with Brown Rice Pilaf and Grilled Asparagus
2.  Roasted Chicken with Potato Gouda Gratin and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapes
3.  Pork Loin with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Amandine

All three dinners come with a garden salad for starters.

Here is a listing of the following club members who will be attending:  Dan Crank, Don Hanson, Heino and Janna Pull, John and Jackie Buckley, Ken Gianino, and myself.
If possible, I would like to collect everyone's dinner selection and money tomorrow at our meeting.

I am planning on having scale model rockets for the table center pieces.  The scale theme is famous NASA and Science Center rockets.  If you have a rocket you would like to show off, let me know.  John Buckley's Thor-Able comes to mind as a perfect centerpiece for the table that John Lakey will be seated at.
We have the room reserved from 3:30 - 8:00 pm.

3:30-5:00 Room Set-up
5:00 -6:00 Happy Hour/Meet and Greet
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Take-Down

See you all at the meeting tomorrow night!
Happy Rocketeering!
Dave Kovar

Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Commemoration Update

The activity level in organizing the Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Commemoration has stepped up significantly over the past several weeks.  I spoke with John Lakey (SLSC Planetarium Director) today.  He informed me that 160 students have signed up to participate in the Friday May 16th Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Commemoration Education and Outreach Event.  That leaves only 90 spaces left.  All Fourty-four rocket kits have been picked by the local area Boy Scout troops who have signed up for the Precision Duration Model Rocket Competition that is going to be held Saturday May 17th at the SLSC Archery Field,  Nearly all of the scouts will be participating in the May 3rd pre-launch activity at Buder Park.  Lots of volunteer help is still needed for the May 3rd Buder Park and the May 17th SLSC activities.

The Welcome Dinner with Gene Kranz is still on for Wednesday May 15th at the Moonrise Hotel.  I will be going to the hotel on Friday to meet with the Banquet Director to discuss detail for this event.  I am hoping to send out the cost information for attendance to this event on Friday.  One change, the dinner is going to be held in the Apollo 8 room.  Earl Mullins, President of the Bon Terre Space Museum, is providing a $200 donation for pay for rental of the Apollo 8 room.

I met with Anna Green today (SLSC Education Director), to discuss the presentations by Gene Kranz that will be given during he Friday and Saturday events.  She is going to start putting together the PowerPoint presentations so that we can get them sent off to Gene for his approval prior to the event.

Construction of my Apollo 11 Saturn V is continuing.  I have completed putting on all the wraps and am now working on the engine shrouds and fins.  I can't wait to put it on the pad.

I am still looking to someone with a truck to haul the club trailer around on May 3rd, 16th, and 17th.  Let me know if you can help me out on this one.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar