The NAR is holding an election for the three seats that are open on the NAR Board of Trustees. There are seven candidates running for the three seats, so your vote counts.
If you will be at NARAM-61, you can instead vote in person at the annual Association meeting on Monday, July 29, 2019. While you can vote either of three ways, online, mail-in, or in person, you can only vote once!
Under the NAR Bylaws, Senior and Leader members who joined the NAR at least one year prior to the established date of the election. For voting purposes, a Leader is defined as a member who is between the ages of 16 and 21 as of the established date of the election.
The requirement for one year of NAR membership for voting eligibility shall include all past membership terms (i.e. breaks in membership do not disqualify a member from voting). The member is eligible to vote if he/she is a current member on the last day of the month prior to the election.
Resumes for seven candidates are on this page. Online voting is at the bottom of this page. Online voting will end at midnight, EDT, on July 28, 2019.
Shall the following be elected as members of the NAR Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning at NARAM-61? Vote for no more than three of the seven.
Carl A. Curling
NAR #81609 L2
I began model rocketry in 1992 as a newlywed in San Antonio, TX, when I got some Estes model rocket kits as a gift. Ten years later I retired from the Army and joined the NAR and the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry (NOVAAR). That timing was lucky for me, as I soon got to be part of TARC, NARAM 46 (with NOVAAR), NARAM 50 (with NARHAMS), and NARCON 2017. I got an HPR kit from Hanger 11 at an early TARC finals, and got the nerve and skill to earn L1 a few years later. Last year I retired from defense analysis, and earned my L2. After more experience with bigger motors, and with help from the active and enthusiastic rocketeers in the area, my L3 is next up. I serve as the Scouting Coordinator and Vice President of NOVAAR. I coordinate the signs and scoreboard for TARC, and have the honor and pleasure of managing the TARC Rocket Building Competition. I have been to NSL, NARAM, and NARCON.
I am an engineer and analyst, so that is the perspective that I will bring to my position on the Board of Trustees. I am open to different approaches, and to change. The way I think:
“That’s the way we have always done it” is not a good reason to continue any practice.
Change must be justified by an expectation of improvement.
To the extent possible, decisions should be evidence based.
My goal for the NAR is to maintain the high level of safety and achievement that we currently promote, and work to retain the young rocketeers we are gaining through TARC. I love the art and engineering of rocketry, and want to get others to enjoy it as well, each in their own way.
NAR #99806 L3
San Rafael, CA
My interest in rocketry began in 1994. I achieved my Level 3 certification in June 1996. Over the past 25 years I have been involved with many aspects of rocketry including several educational outreach events and competitions. Here are some of the programs and leadership positions I have been active in.
I was elected to the board of directors and served as the treasurer of my local rocket club for almost a decade. I helped start the ARLISS program (“A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites”) twenty years ago and have been the ARLISS Coordinator working with international student teams for 18 years. This competition has expanded rocketry to thousands of students around the world.
After retiring in 2014, I have had more time to volunteer for several educational rocketry programs. I have been on the NAR safety team for the NASA Student Launch Program (SLP) in Huntsville, AL since 2013. I have been a co-mentor for SLP teams since 2009. I was invited to be a judge in Costa Rica for a payload contest for students who had never launched a model rocket in their country. The University of Costa Rica invited me to teach rocketry at a space camp that had 50 students each year. I also mentor local Sea Cadets and high school students.
As an elected NAR Trustee, I will continue and expand the NAR’s outreach programs for students of all ages and backgrounds. It would be an honor to serve our NAR members, and the greater rocketry community, by applying my leadership experiences and by sharing my excitement for our fun and challenging hobby.
Thomas (Tom) Ha
NAR #76754 L2
I am running to retain my seat on the Board because I feel that I can continue to help the national organization in my role as Trustee and Treasurer in this my possible fourth term. Over the past three years alone, I have spent over one thousand hours on behalf of the NAR, much of it on my computer at home, doing bookkeeping chores, updating the Board and working up budgets and IRS forms.
Many of you may know me from my visits to launches and NAR national events around the country. I moved two years ago and started a new section, Elkhart Rocketry Group (ERG) and I am actively working on outreach to local schools, the Boy Scouts and 4-H.
My rocketry background began in the late ’60s with Scouting and continues to thi
s day with nine years as the Treasurer, as a long time member of the NARHAMS rocket club and as a mentor, flight-observer and range-crew volunteer for TARC. I am a past local/regional/national competitor along with my two sons, and I am Level 2 high-power rocketry certified. The highlight of the past three years was traveling to Poland last year to support the US Team in the World SpaceModeling Championships.
I am a thirty year veteran in Information Technology holding the position of Assistant Vice President of Business Systems with a financial institution. I am proud to be a member of the rocketry family and to have a family that supports me in my hobby. You can find me on Facebook or LinkedIn. I feel that I am capable of continuing in my responsibilities to the members and on the Board and I ask for your vote in this round of elections.
NAR# 86960 L2
Re-entering the hobby in 2006, I joined the NAR as a “Born Again Rocketeer,” spurred on by my father’s death, as so many of us have been. After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University in 1985, I was in the movie theater business as a Manager, District Manager and Assistant COO until my retirement in 2012. I co-authored the reference work For the Moon and Mars: The N1 Soviet Super Booster released in 2008 by ARA Press. I enjoyed the honor of being a four time NARAM Scale Model Judge.
Passion for our hobby is the spark that ignites my bid for a run at the NAR Board. All of my experience in being effective and productive in the pressure cooker of my corporate days, paired with a desire to see a more communicative and responsive Board can be brought to bear on the issues and proposals that present themselves to the NAR as a whole these days.
While I am strongly rooted in the Low Power attraction of our hobby for beginning families and young kids, I am also an avid fan of the High Power aspect of our hobby and will eagerly seek ways to unite the two.
I believe that High Power must be incorporated into our standard operations and contests alike if we are to increase attendance at national events and thrive.
Coming fresh from the field, I promise to bring forth and address the issues that I have seen develop in our hobby over the years. Such past problems with the Board as more effective communication, a more responsive turn on issues affecting the Sections, the development and implementation of new programs and overall co-operation with the base of the NAR have solutions, such as the utilizing the survey aspect of our website, if only we would utilize it and work with the results obtained.
NAR #22152 L3
My name is Stephen Lubliner, lifetime NAR member 22152. I am the NAR’s Safety Committee chairman. Many of you have seen my monthly contributions to the NAR in the form of monthly safety articles
in the Electronic Rocketeer. I have also been a NAR trustee, NARAM contest director, and created much of the Trained Safety Officer and high power certification programs. I am a Level 3 Certification Committee member.
I intend to continue my current Safety Committee activities in support of the NAR. Hobby rockets are becoming more sophisticated and the advances are more widespread. My intention is to address potential safety issues before they become problems. Also, I still maintain an interest in collecting, preserving, and displaying the NAR’s history. The materials at the Museum of Flight are the NAR’s current focus but there are many other stories and materials needed to tell hobby rocketry’s history. Other interests are in hobby rocketry education and outreach; I have been very active in my local section, Southern Arizona Rocketry Association, outreach activities conducting “Build and Fly” and demonstrations with local school, scout, and 4H organizations.
One goal, in running for the NAR Board, is to provide better coordination between the Board and my Safety Committee activities. Another goal is to have better insight into the NAR’s continuing efforts in historical preservation and educational programs. With improved insight into the NAR’s activities I intend to provide additional contributions to better the NAR. Thank you for your vote.
NAR #86280 L2
Brooklyn Park, MN
I became involved in rocketry in 2005 and have been a NAR member since 2006. I achieved my L1 certification in 2006, L2 certification in 2010, and I have an L3 project waiting for attention.
I am a member of NAR Section 576, Minnesota Amateur Spacemodeler Association (MASA), where I have served in all aspects of club management. I have been involved in dozens of rocketry outreach events including build sessions and launches at various schools and youth groups, as well as staffing information booths at STEM expos and town festivals. I also established a Fly-it/Take-it program within our club.
My commitment to the NAR has included being the event director for NARCON 2008, acting as chair of the membership committee from 2009-2010, and judging various scholarships and educational grants, including the Gleda M. Estes Scholarship.
It has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees since 2016. I have expanded the NAR’s social media presence (in addition to Facebook, we’re on Twitter and Instagram, and we will be setting up a YouTube channel). I am working to establish a group of Junior/Leader members who will help guide the Board on the interests of our younger members. I also hope to create a formal partnership with the Girl Scouts to include rocketry in their activities.
Currently, I am honored to serve as NAR Vice President. The NAR now has over 7300 members and 188 sections. The Board has worked to improve the election voting process, greatly increased member content on our website, and established the National Rocketry Competition (NRC) to increase participation in competitive rocketry. We have accomplished a lot, but we still have work to do to continue growing our hobby.
It would be my privilege to continue my service to the NAR and its membership.
NAR #35974 L1
My name is Lynn Thomas, and I’m writing to ask for your vote for NAR Trustee.
In addition to almost 5 decades as a rocketeer, more than 30 years as an NAR member, I bring to the task six years as a college teacher and more than 35 years of management and administration. My first NARAM was NARAM 31 in 1989, and I’ve attended almost all since NARAM 46. It’s also family thing: my son got his start in rocketry before he turned 5, and found his life’s work in the hobby, becoming an astronautical engineer.
I joined the NAR in my 20s, though I’ve been building and flying rockets since I was 10. When NARAM 31 was “in my neighborhood” I signed up for one day’s competition, and the banquet, because I could only spare one day off work. Walking onto the field, I approached a man at a grill, and the very first thing I heard was “Hi! Would you like a hot dog?” That exchange with Ed Pearson was my first, but not the last, encounter that day with the welcoming atmosphere at rocket events. I love that we’re so open to anyone who enjoys the hobby, whether for competition or sport only.
While I’m not a champion rocketeer, I’ve enjoyed a bit of success in competition, had great fun flying with the friends I’ve made, and I’m very interested in sharing the fun of our hobby. I will bring strong organizational ability and people skills, and a powerful dedication to the mission. We’re growing, and we need to keep doing the things that brought us this far. I’m running to do those things, and to keep us moving and paying forward.
Thank you for your vote.