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Offline Gil R. Major  
#1 Posted : Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:35:17 PM(UTC)
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As everyone knows IMAC membership and participation is down. We all have varying opinions as to why, and we all think we have the magic solution. Ideas have been coming in from everywhere, from both old folks, and what is really refreshing, young competitors. Some ideas are easy and inexpensive while other ideas not so easy and very expensive.

Contrary to what some may think the IMAC Board of Directors (BOD) has been struggling with identifying the reasons why and how to reverse the trend for years. The Membership has provided a myriad of questions with possible solutions and the BOD has been listening, but the challenges, the answers, and the execution of the solutions is larger than the BOD.

Like all organizations, IMAC has a great bunch of members with a lot of talent in a lot of areas. In an effort to answer the questions, provide viable solutions, and then execute those solutions seven [7] IMAC members - Adam Falk, Cam Shahrdar, Clark Hymas, Chuck Edwards, Jacques Telles, Matt Komar, and Steve Stanton - have stepped up and asked to tackle both IMAC Marketing and IMAC Membership.

In an effort to further empower the membership the IMAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the formation of the Marketing and Membership Committee. Like all other IMAC committees, Marketing and Membership is made up from the membership with representation from all regions. Like the other IMAC committees they are empowered to identify the problems, find solution, and execute solutions.

Like all of the IMAC membership, these seven VOLUNTEERs have families and jobs, which undeniably must come first. Please give them a chance, and time to tackle their tasks, as there is not going to be any one magic answer.

The committee will be working under broad guidance which is attached here.
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Offline Keith Cannon  
#2 Posted : Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:59:29 PM(UTC)
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Here are some thoughts.

First of all with permission from the BOD ill solicit with the local clubs in the Denver area. We have 1 club that has probably 1/2 the members that fly in the Colorado IMAC events.

Here is something I posted on FG. It is my thoughts on ways to help participation in IMAC.

IMAC has a freestyle "demonstration" that should be expanded. All of my friends are 3D guys and are turned off by the fact that they only fly one freestyle round per weekend. In addition last year in Colorado we only had 2 freestyle flights and they were at different events. Both times the only competitor "won". Expanding the freestyle event will probably get more 3D guys into precision flying and eventually they will learn that flying precision helps their 3D (as flying 3D will help precision)

In addition have a separate class that has restrictions on planes that can be flown. Tailor this class to Electrics something like 30cc and below. Have them fly the sportsman sequence. Allow individuals to fly in both the 30cc class and the regular IMAC. On this event we can modify the sequences to 15 figures. This addresses the electric crowd and also gives newer individuals with their 30cc gassers a chance to compete without feeling outgunned. To help make it fair provide handicaps for pilots who fly in this class that also fly in sportsman and above.

Example:
Basic/Sportsman: No handicap
Intermediate: 15% point deduction on all scores less than 10
Advanced: 25% point deduction on all scores less than 10
Unlimited: 40% point deduction on all scores less than 10

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#3 Posted : Friday, February 10, 2017 12:30:38 PM(UTC)
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Big Thank You! for the guys who stepped up for this.

Honored to have Cam represent the SC!
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Offline Ron Graham  
#4 Posted : Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:10:42 AM(UTC)
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In an effort to further empower the membership the IMAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the formation of the Marketing and Membership Committee. Like all other IMAC committees, Marketing and Membership is made up from the membership with representation from all regions. Like the other IMAC committees they are empowered to identify the problems, find solution, and execute solutions.


Gil,
Will the BOD then be voting on possible solutions as presented by the IMAC Marketing Committee as suggested in #2 of the IMAC Marketing Committee mission statement?
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2. Email proposals to the IMAC board for review, allocation of funds (when necessary), and
approval.



Sec. 2 - President

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and of the Board of Directors. He may call any special meeting of the members of the Board of Directors and shall have, subject to the advice and control of the Directors, general charge of the business of the organization. He or the Vice President shall execute with the Secretary all contracts, instruments, and checks which have been first approved by the Board of Directors.

Sec. 5 - Treasurer

The Treasurer and the President or Vice President shall execute in the name of the organization all checks for expenditures authorized by the Board of Directors. He shall receive and deposit all funds of the organization in a bank selected by the Board of Directors from which funds shall be paid out. He shall also account for all receipts, disbursements, and balance of funds on hand. The Treasurer shall perform all other duties incident to said office subject to the control of the President and the Board of Directors. In the absence or incapacity of the Treasurer, the Board of Directors may delegate the duties of the Treasurer to another individual or individuals. The Treasurer will provide quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and an annual report for the membership to review. The Treasurer will provide a yearly budget to be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer’s records will be subject to audit by no less than 3 members at the beginning of each new calendar year.

Sec. 8 - Quorum

A majority of the Directors shall constitute a quorum of the Board at all meetings and the affirmative vote of a majority shall be necessary to pass any resolution or authorize any act.

Sec. 13 - Committees

The board of Directors may assign special committees in order to investigate areas of concern that may arise through out any given year. The committees will serve until such time as the problem has been solved or eliminated.
Offline Gil R. Major  
#5 Posted : Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:44:31 AM(UTC)
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Gil,
Will the BOD then be voting on possible solutions as presented by the IMAC Marketing Committee as suggested in
The board of Directors may assign special committees in order to investigate areas of concern that may arise through out any given year. The committees will serve until such time as the problem has been solved or eliminated.


Yes, as in the past with other committees the Marketing and Membership committee will present ideas, questions, general dialog to the BOD for consideration. As you [Ron] know sometimes these are easy and other times more work is required.

Like the rules and education committees, me personally, I think this committee will be around for a long time.

Again - I urge the membership to give these VOLUNTEERs some time to establish themselves.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:36:21 AM(UTC)
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Hello from NH. I started this search looking for a printable membership card and wound up here! the magic of forums. I stopped at "membership drop" forum before coming here. This is my 6th year back in the hobby and 5th flying IMAC and it's been great. I was welcomed in by a wonderful group in the NE region. We have experienced slight growth at our Plum Island event which was started 5 years ago by Ted and Cody Wojcik. I was host and have thoroughly enjoyed hosting and competing. Bill Lairsey and Pete Nesbeda ran it one year and Scott and Tyler McCormack will be running it this year as Ted takes a much deserved break (I hope he will fly!). My role (as of last year) as District 1 AVP puts me in a unique position to not only promote the hobby at large but also the IMAC SIG which I love. I have been actively "courting" NH clubs to get back a Granite State IMAC to join the longest running NE event, the Maine IMAC Challenge and the newer but always popular Plum Island IMAC here in New England. I have engaged two other clubs with proposals that include a full event "footprint" and requirements in a Pro/ Con sheet for the members and also include an "ease in (or back into) option" of a one day Intro Primer. This has been accepted much easier for obvious reasons. I will be running my first Primer this Saturday at Plum Island. The gracious and talented NE pilots have volunteered to come out and help. We expect 7 instructors and 12-15 (possibly more) pilot students plus spectators. I'm at an advantage since my position calls for me to visit clubs. I always include IMAC in the conversations and it seems to be paying off. My point is that the promotion (as stated in another post) needs to start in our own regions and clubs with face to face conversations to A. Correct the vast misconceptions and B. Make it easy, fun and relaxed to introduce IMAC flying to the uninitiated and C. Get them doing some precision flying. My "elevator (3 min.) conversation" is : "Come try precision flying, I guarantee it will help all your flying even if you never compete. Bring any plane capable of 7-9 minute flights and basic aerobatics. We'll do the rest. Oh, here is a Basic sequence, a caller guide (broken down into segments of maneuvers easy to understand with no aresti training) and a link to great resources about it. Check it out and get in touch with me." I have found that there are many pilots that would love to try but are intimidated by many factors in addition to "the standards" of big planes and $, fear of flying in front of strangers or groups, anxiety to fly at a new venue away from "their field", lack of confidence with wind correction and rudder use, fear of failure, etc. Although there are many anxieties I fail to give up on these "on the fence" pilots. The sport pilots that give an eye to you practicing, ask a question or two, the ones you see do a slow roll that has potential, these are the ones that we need to cultivate. Urging some who are timid to come and judge or be a caller (I was training two guys to call while I flew the Basic as a demo the other day, it can get comical and fun, emphasizing accurate communications!) is also a foot in the door to gaining a supporter and possible member. Maybe invite a buddy to be a pit crew for you? It will take hands on promotion from grass roots by all of us to move this forward. If there are spectators, interact with them. You never know where it may lead. Before I breath here (sorry I'm passionate about it) I would like to thank the BOD for these renewed efforts. I have noticed positive change over the past 2 years in Education, Communication, the website and they all make a big difference. I will of course offer my observations on the event this Saturday as well as save photos for that promotional project. I am very encouraged that IMAC is going to make a come back and intend to do all I can to make it so starting in my back yard. Have a great season everyone, fly straight lines.
So, do we have member cards anymore?
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:51:22 AM(UTC)
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Daren,
What a fantastic POST! And please contact me when you get content from this or any other IMAC event! THE MORE THE BETTER! We want to make this production on a grand scale and that will take as much content as we can find storage to hold. Well, I have that storage and ready to hold.

IMAC (IMO) has always started at the grass roots on up and as my SC guys have heard me say oh.... I dunno, maybe 100's of times it takes a village. It takes commitment from every aspect of the SIG to make it grow and flourish! It is members like yourself that help this village grow!

As to your question on Membership card. We are working on that as you read this. Adi from our International side is working on the template and I am working on a writable PDF file that we will distribute when we perfect. It will be a file you simply open, populate your information and print! Here is one sample of many he has been working on.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:26:00 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Doug. I am a former aerobatics instructor so there's the connection with the love of IMAC and the strong desire to teach it to anyone I can to help them ultimately enjoy all their flying more. Flying straight and level across the ocean is wonderful, don't get me wrong but my original dreams of owning a small aerobatics school has transitioned to IMAC and Scale aerobatics. It's a little easier on the wallet vs a full scale Extra also!

Love the card! Thanks for including the AMA info too.

Logistics on the photo and video content transport. Is Drop Box going to be the vehicle of choice? I haven't used it much and not completely sure how to get the images to you? or wherever it will go. I will try to bone up it, maybe a few test sends to confirm that you receive what you need. I have another photographer who will be shooting at this event. I brief them about some subject matter. I hope to have some drone airborne photos as well. Love the production on the existing video.

I think it's going to be a great season.
Daren
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:08:25 PM(UTC)
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I looked all over, where is that great promo video? Link?
Thanks,
Daren
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:11:37 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dth7 Go to Quoted Post
I looked all over, where is that great promo video? Link?
Thanks,
Daren


Click Here
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#11 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:32:41 AM(UTC)
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Great video Doug.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:04:17 AM(UTC)
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Great video Doug.


Wish I could take all the credit, but LION SHARE of this work is Shane Snyder from here in SC. I was involved in the collection of material, and helped with revision changes, but the keyboard and editing and creation was all Shane! Very talented and dedicated individual and glad he is on my SC ARD Team!!
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#13 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:32:10 PM(UTC)
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Banner? Looking for Northeast Banner. Considering having another made. Is there a standard template? Good Image?
I will repeat at the Northeast Forum as well.
Thanks, Daren
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#14 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:04:08 PM(UTC)
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Banner? Looking for Northeast Banner. Considering having another made. Is there a standard template? Good Image?
I will repeat at the Northeast Forum as well.
Thanks, Daren


Daren,
When you say "Banner" are you talking about the round region logo?
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#15 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30:31 PM(UTC)
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No we had one floating around fornthe region. However you reminded me of the region logo to add. I just wanted to know if we have any standard format for them. I was going to include the
IMAC and NE Region logos. Do any other regions have examples?
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