- Section Frequently Asked Questions
Section Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding NAR Sections. If you have a Section related question not found below, please send it to the Section Activities Chairman.
1. What Section members should join the Sections Group (a subgroup of NAR Groups hosted on the Groups.io platform)?
Membership in the Sections Group is required for all Section Contacts listed on the NAR website. It is also open to all Sections Leaders/Officers in addition to the Section Contact. If your Section has officers who are not subscribed to the group, please encourage them to join.
2. My Section would like to create its own subgroup under the NAR Groups account. Is that possible?
Yes! Simply send a request to the Section Activities Chairman with your Section details to have a subgroup created under the main NAR Group.
3. My Section already has a group on the Groups.io platform. Can it be moved under the umbrella on the NAR’s Enterprise account in order to take advantage of some of the added features/options?
Yes! Your existing group can be moved to the NAR’s account as a subgroup and enjoy the same benefits and features. If you would like to move your existing group, simply send a request to the Section Activities Chairman with your Section details as well as your current group name.
4. What’s the best way to reduce the amount of “unimportant” email traffic from the Sections group?
Reducing the amount of “unimportant” email traffic can be addressed in two basic ways…through the Poster and the Receiver.
Before posting a message to the group, the Poster should determine whether or not the message is intended for the entire group membership or is it primarily meant for only a few. If it is primarily intended for only a few, then maybe an individual message to the intended recipients would be better suited. Keep in mind that while some messages may seem to be intended for only a few members, there are other members that may have the same question or concern so find it beneficial that it was included with the entire group membership.
On the receiving end, if you want to reduce the amount of “unimportant” email traffic, you have several options:
First, you can change your Email Delivery option from “Individual Messages” to “Daily Summary”. You would then receive a single daily email showing a summary of the days topics, not a summary of the messages. You could then choose which topics to read.
Second, when you receive an email with a topic you’re not interested in, simply click on the “Unfollow” link at the bottom of the email. You will no longer receive any of the emails associated with that topic but would of course still be able to see them online.
Third, you can also change your Email Delivery option to “Special Notices Only”. Most of the important Section related messages (if not all) that will get sent out are tagged as Special Notices so you would receive those. You would of course miss email messages not marked as Special Notice’s so you would need to check the group online occasionally for those.
5. Where can I find my Sections Charter Certificate?
The Section Charter Certificates are generated online and links to them are typically sent with the new Section confirmation email (when the Section is chartered) or the renewal confirmation email (when the Section completes the renewal process). For a link to your Sections Certificate, send a request to the Section Activities Chairman.
6. When does my Section Charter expire?
Since all Section Charters cover the period from April to March (not January to December), all charters expire around the first part of April year (Note: the actual charter expiration date is shown on the Section Charter Certificate). The charter renewal process typically starts around mid- to late-February each year and is handled online. Instructions will be sent via email to the Section Contact listed on the NAR’s website. Always remember to keep that information up to date.
7. Where can I find out more information on Section Management?
The Section Guidebook on the NAR website contains a lot of valuable information on running a NAR Section.
8. My Section wants to conduct a membership drive. Can we get a list of NAR members in our area to reach out to?
Yes, simply send an email to the Section Activities Chairman and request a list of NAR members in your state (or surrounding states if your Section is located close to another bordering state).
9. My Section would like to know how many NAR members we have affiliated with our Section. Can we get a list?
Yes, simply send an email to the Section Activities Chairman and request a list of NAR members that have declared affiliation with your Section. Remember, only those NAR members who have declared affiliation with your Section on their NAR account profile will be included. Please encourage your members to add and keep their affiliation updated.
10. How do I add/change my Section Member Affiliation to my NAR account?
To add or change your Section affiliation, log into your account on the NAR Website and go to the “Update My Profile” page by selecting it from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Then scroll down that page until you see the Section Affiliation fields. Select your Section from the drop-down list.
Alternatively, you can send your affiliation preferences (Section 1 and 2, if applicable) via email to the Section Activities Chairman and ask for it to be updated.
11. Can non-NAR members join my Section?
Yes, non-NAR members can join your Section but they are not official members in regards to the minimum NAR membership requirements. Also, keep in mind that their rocketry activities will not be covered by your Sections insurance. Non-NAR members should always be encouraged to join the NAR.
12. How do I submit changes to my Section listing on the NAR website?
13. My Sections listing on the NAR website only shows the publicly visible information about our Section. How can I get a copy of the information that is hidden from the public’s view in order to be able to change/update it?
Simply send an email to the Section Activities Chairman and request a complete list of your Sections information. Be sure to include your name, your Sections name and number, and your role within the Section.
14. Is my Section eligible for a Section Grant and if so, how do I apply?
If your Section is public and open to any NAR member (i.e. not organizational or private), your Section should be eligible to apply for the grant. Apply for the grant using the Online Grant Request Form. Questions about what items qualify for the grant as well as ideas for what to spend the grant on can be sent via email to the Section Activities Chairman.
15. What is a Section Free Membership Certificate and where can I find it?
The NAR provides each Section with one Free New NAR Membership Certificate annually to award to a deserving rocketeer of any age. Like Section Charters, the Section Free Membership Certificates are generated online. For a link to your Sections Certificate, send a request to the Section Activities Chairman.
16. How do I obtain a Launch Site Insurance Certificate?
Launch sites must be submitted using the Online Form. The insurance certificates will be emailed to the Section Contact within a few days.
17. I can’t find our Sections insurance certificate. How do I get a copy?
For a copy of your Sections insurance certificate, send a request to the Section Activities Chairman. Be sure to include the specific site information and allow a few days for the request to be processed.
18. When does my Launch Site Insurance Certificate(s) expire?
Like Section Charters, the insurance certificates run from April to March of each year (not January to December) and expire around the first part of April year.
19. Do I need to resubmit my launch site each year for insurance purposes?
No, renewal of the insurance certificates is automatic and new certificates will be sent via email to the Section Contact before the older ones expire. If a site is no longer being used, please notify the Section Activities Chairman so it can be removed from the insurance database.
20. Why should my Section submit its events for addition to the NAR’s Launch Calendar?
While your own Section members may be aware of your events, those on the outside your Section may not. People interested in rocketry visit the NAR’s website looking for clubs as well as launches to become involved with. Finding an event close to them that they can attend may mean a new member for your Section as well as the NAR, therefore promoting the hobby. Also, during TARC (The American Rocketry Challenge) season, teams are on the lookout for local events where they can conduct practice as well as qualification flights. What better place to do that than at a Section launch where lots of experienced NAR members are present?
21. How do I add my event to the NAR’s Launch Calendar?
Events (launches, meetings, demo’s, etc.) can be submitted using the Online Form.
22. Where can I find out more about the NAR’s LAC Newsletter Award and the North American Rockwell Trophy?
You can find out more about the award HERE.
23. Where can I find out more about the NAR’s Website Excellence Award?
You can find out more about the award HERE.
24. My Section is thinking about getting into High Power Rocketry. Where can I find out more about the regulations involved?
If you need information regarding the applicable FAA Regulations, you can find the latest information HERE. If you need help applying for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), you can find more information HERE. If you need help assessing a potential launch site for HPR activities or want a review of your COA submission packet, send an email to the Section Activities Chairman.
25. My Section wants to administer the NAR Level 2 HPR Written Exams to qualified candidates. How do I get copies?
Section Leaders may request soft copies of the files (electronic) via an email sent to the Section Activities Chairman. Keep in mind that you must be a Senior NAR member in good standing and hold at least a Level 2 HPR Certification to request and administer the Exams (as well as not be related to the Level 2 Candidate). The files are not to be shared.
26. My Section wants to administer the NAR Junior HPR Participation Program (JrHPP) Written Exams to qualified candidates. How do I get copies?
Section Leaders may request soft copies of the files (electronic) via an email sent to the Section Activities Chairman. Keep in mind that you must be a Senior NAR member in good standing and hold at least a Level 2 HPR Certification to request and administer the Exams (as well as not be related to the JrHPP Candidate). The files are not to be shared.
27. My Section is considering holding some contest launches. Where can I find out more information on conducting a contest launch as well as the contest events themselves?
28. What are some of my Sections responsibilities to the NAR?
In addition to helping the NAR with it’s general purpose to “aid and encourage by all suitable means all people interested in model rocketry and its related sciences” (see Article II of the NAR Bylaws) as well as agreeing to abide by the NAR’s Policies and Safety Codes, NAR Sections should provide help & support with the following NAR Programs/Affiliations as much as possible:
- High Power Rocketry Certification Program – administering exams as required and witness flights
- The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) – provide mentors and witness qualification flights
- narTcert Program – provide mentors and witness flights
- NASA Student Launch Program – provide mentors and support as needed
- Other Student Rocketry Competitions and Programs – provide mentors and support as needed
29. Where can I find more information on the three types of NAR Sections?
Questions / Comments?
If you have any questions or comments about any of the above FAQ’s, please contact the Section Activities Chairman.