01/26/02 AHRC monthly meeting Official minutes Officers in attendance: Frank Borowiec - president Bob Baxter- co vice-president Clint Bridges - treasurer Richard Bodor - secretary Introduction: Frank welcomed the new officers and mentioned that membership dues are help annually and are due now. Club Business - Richard made a proposal that officers are not required to pay membership fees beginning in 2003, asked for a vote. A vote was taken and passed with a show of hands. Robot Rally report- There is a volunteer drive and everyone is asked to sign up for something. Also, there is an entry drive - all builders should be entering their robots online. The prizes were discussed and an appeal was made to the membership to find corporate sponsors. Anyone that can make contact with sponsor for prizes should contact Frank, as head of the Prize committee. Collateral material was shown again, and copies will be made available to the members that need them. These tri-fold brochures were donated by Netplanner. SciTrek has been very good about promotion and we have hopes for good coverage in the next few weeks. The rally will begin at noon on February 9th, 2002 at SciTrek. Robots should be there by 11am, and volunteers should be prepared to arrive at 10am on day of the rally. A few volunteers are needed at 9am for setup and the times are noted on the sign-up sheet. Meeting location - We are officially losing the Radioshack.com location for meetings and we suspect that this will be the last meeting to be held here. We have certificates of appreciation for the managers of the store and are giving them t-shirts Our best guess as to the next meeting place is SciTrek. We will know more soon and will communicate this with an email to the listbot and we will try to make a notation on the web page. If anyone has an idea for a location, please take the next step and contact them for the club. Get a good contact name and number and as much information as possible before sending it to an officer or the listbot. RBNO Report - Clint gave a report. As we get closer to the robot rally, people are starting to build things. We had two in January. For a complete schedule, please see the web site. Scitrek Homeschooler's Day - We had a great presentation at SciTrek. Pictures and text are on the ftp site. John Marting, Galen Hussey, Sean Hussey, Jarod Hussey, and David Hussey, Frank Borowiec, and Richard showed several robots, had a sumo contest and answered questions about robots to a large group of homeschoolers. This was sponsored by SciTrek. Treasurer's report - we still have money in the bank. Dues are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Our big expenses are coming up. SciTrek exhibit - Don Brown gave a quick summary of the robot "mars rover" exhibit. Next action items - we will be talking to SciTrek next week and will give them some touch screen information. New members - Liam, found it on the internet. Amy MacGregor came to a few RBNOs and this is her first meeting. video - no video today due to a lack of working equipment. networking - presentation of certificate of appreciation for managers of radioshack.com. Around the Room: John Marting brought in BAT with some modifications. Calvin said that Hitachi has a new processor that will be low cost and high performance and will work with visual basic. This will be a 20MHz product but it is too early to talk about. Dale Heatherington brought in Delta Force with some changes since the last time including more power. Nicholas Frank brought in Norbert. Sean Hussey brought in his transmission robot with some changes, but it is not currently running. Jarod Hussey brought in a bunch of capacitors. Liam is sponsoring a robot contest "Science Olympiad" to be held at Georgia State University. Galen Hussey brought his head mounted display. It is not exactly working completely yet. Mini-sumo Norbert vs. Delta Force - Delta Force won 1st, delta force won 2nd, Norbert won 3rd. Norbert vs. bat - Norbert won 1st, Norbert won 2nd.There was a do over. Bat won 3rd. Delta Force vs. bat - delta force won 1st, delta force won 2nd, delta force won 3rd. Delta Force is the winner again. Next contest will be at the robot rally. We will see you all there.