Meeting Minutes, AHRC, October 27, 2001 Officers present: Frank Borowiec - president Richard Bodor - vice president Attendees: 21 Club Business Frank and Richard gave a quick Scitrek update: Volunteers are needed to help update web pages - each volunteer will be assigned a specific page to make the job easier. Changes should be then sent to Dale for posting. Corporate sponsorship - Scitrek needs collateral materiel (press kit and a tri-fold brochure on the club and it's activities) so that they can approach corporate sponsors for rally sponsorship and for prizes. Scitrek robot needs work - This robot has been in their storage area and could use some major updating. This could be an RBNO project. Basically, Scitrek is offering us the opportunity to have an ongoing display at the museum. T-shirts will be offered to rally staff and officials as a token of appreciation. All rally staff and officials will be allowed free entrance to Scitrek on the day of the rally. We have retained a professional stage manager to direct the rally. This will help raise the quality of the rally. In addition, the stage manager will need an assistant. Preferably, this would be someone interested in learning stage direction. The official date for the robot rally has been set for February 9th, 2002. The next meeting of the Robot Rally committee will be on Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30PM at Barnacle's in Friday's Plaza. All interested parties are invited to attend. Starting in November, the Robot Rally committee meetings will be held on Wednesdays. Also, there will be 2 meetings a month until further notice. Frank and Richard gave a quick summary of their visit to Dekalb Tech: Richard Eggy and Stuart Rolf met with Frank and Richard to give a tour of the machine shop at Dekalb Tech and to explain the procedure for using the facilities. Details are available from Frank or Richard for those interested in taking advantage of the resources at Dekalb Tech. Nominations: Nominations were opened for officers for 2002. Nominations will continue through December and the election will take place at the December meeting. Once again, we are going to try and get co-vice presidents to help share the load. President - Frank Borowiec Co-vice President - Bob Baxter, Paul Burrell Secretary - Richard Bodor Treasurer - Clint Bridges Webmaster-for-Life - Dale Heatherington (Not an elected position) None of the nominees has declined to serve, at this time. RBNO: Paul gave a summary of the RBNO held in October. Clint brought in a bunch of feeding machines salvaged from Siemens and they disassembled them to salvage the motors. Treasurer's report: There was no treasurer's report at this meeting. New attendees: Kanav Jain - interested in robots. Sam Repp Matt and Mike Haggerty Video - no video was shown. Show and Tell Frank brought in a door prize, a sealed membrane keyboard with trackball manufactured by CKS. The winner of this month's door prize was Charlie Oldham. Richard showed a reference book on vendors of PC/104 equipment. This book has been donated to the club reference library. Sean Hussey brought in his new Cybiko Extreme. According to Sean, it has 3 times more RAM than the old Cybiko (1.5MB), has a built-in microphone and speaker. The unit is available from Best Buys. Meanwhile, it seems that the original Cybiko has dropped in price dramatically. Dale went to Hobby Town USA to check out traction enhancing products. He discovered that "Paragon Ground Effects" works well on slot car tires but not at all on Lego tires. Presentation - there was no presentation this month Mini-Sumo Contest Robor's Bane vs. Delta Force. Robor's Bane won the first round and then Delta Force won the next 2 rounds. This is Delta Force's 2nd month as champion. The next meeting is to be held on November 17, instead of the last Saturday of the month due to the holidays.