December 2017 Meeting Minutes

The December meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on December 20, 2017 at the Frisco Public Library.  Patrick McNamara in the absence of Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. 

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the November meeting minutes as published.  Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote. 

VISITORS — None Reported 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT — Greg Pulcini: 

Greg was absent due to illness. 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT — Patrick McNamara:   

Scott Hazard has volunteered as webmaster. Thanks Scott 

Rex Lawrence has stepped down from organizing the raffle. Olga Lawson-Andrews has volunteered organizing the raffle in 2018.   

Rex Lawrence made a statement praising members who assist others. Thanks to those members.  

A proposal was made by Charles Schafer to approve $100 for gift baskets for our landlords. A motion was made, and seconded, to approve this $100 expenditure.  Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote. 

SECRETARY’S REPORT — Billy Slater:  

I received the following from Gary James regarding OpenTX operation system: 

“ An increasing number of modelers have purchased or are considering purchasing an RC system that uses the OpenTX operating system.  All of the FrSky and Turnigy 9XPro transmitters as well as some others have the ability to load OpenTX.  The operating system is very powerful, but can also be a bit intimidating at first because it is so different from what we are used to. 

I am proposing to host a free short seminar on the basic and intermediate level capabilities of the OpenTX system and how to take advantage of them. I will also touch on some of the more advanced features like telemetry, etc.  The seminar would most likely be held on a weekend afternoon and possibly at the T-bird meeting location (Buffalo West restaurant in Wes Ft Worth)to take advantage of their computer display system.  Interested modelers would be able to bring their transmitters (and laptops if desired) and have the opportunity to “walk through” the setup and operation of OpenTX.  I am by no means an expert on the system, but having been using it for several years and have developed a basic understanding of the system.  If we get sufficient response, I will invite the local FrSky distributor to attend and participate to answer advanced questions. 

If you are interested, reply to me directly at: 

gsjames@earthlink.net  

and if we get sufficient response, I will start planning to hold a seminar. 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT — Dave Cotton:  

Dave presented the financial position of NDRCC. 

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the financial report by Dave Cotton.  Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.  

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Bruce Lakatos:  

No Report. 

FIELD REPORT — Rodney Mcentire:   

No Report. 

SAFETY REPORT — Gerry Bishop:   

No Report. 

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater:   

No Report 

TRAINING – Dave Schaefer 

No Report. 

RAFFLE — Rex Lawrence: 

Several nice prizes were raffled. The Quarterly prize, a Spitfire ARF, was among the prizes.  Thank you Rex for handling the raffle this year.  

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:   

No Reports. 

OLD BUSINESS:  

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the list of officers for 2018 as published in the November meeting minutes.  Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.  

Officers for NDRCC for 2016 are: 

President:  Greg Pulcini  

Vice President:  Patrick McNamara  

Membership:  Bruce Lakatos  

Secretary:  Billy Slater  

Treasure:  Dave Cotton  

 

Appointed positions:  

Safety:  Gerry Bishop  

Field Coordination:  Rodney McEntire  

Training:  Dave Schaefer 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:   

No new business was discussed. 

 

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:40 PM 

 

This December meeting was the club’s Christmas party. 

 

SHOW AND TELL: 

No show and tell.