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Ralph Forehand (1932-2022) was a long time IPMS-USA member (member #1592) and he formed many lifelong friendships during his many years with IPMS.

As a former high school dropout, he enrolled in the Air Force and served as a flight line mechanic at Laughlin Airforce Base during the Korean War. During his service, he worked to attain his GED and then after serving he first attained an Associate Radio Engineer degree, and eventually a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. He strongly believed in the benefits of a higher education.

He served IPMS in several key roles:

  • Historian / Publications Director 1968-1970
  • Update Editor 1968-1971
  • First Vice President 1970-1972
  • Webmaster 1996-2002
  • Named as Life Member 2016...

As you probably know, IPMS/USA is a volunteer based organization. All of our Executive Board members, Regional Coordinators, Webmasters, and Convention Chairs and teams are volunteers. We often hear from members that they want to be more involved in the Society and help improve it. This is your chance to be a part of the future of IPMS/USA and make it better for everyone!

The only compensation package offered is knowing that as part of an all-volunteer organization and leadership team, you are helping to grow the IPMS/USA footprint and reach out across multiple generations of current and future members.

As IPMS continues to explore the use of social media to expand our outreach to new and existing members, we have identified a number of new volunteer opportunities in...


The 2024 IPMS National Convention Team has been working tirelessly to bring what we hope will be the biggest spectacle in IPMS National Convention history! This mission brief provides you with all the information we have available at the time of this writing. It is our sincere hope that you will join us in Madison this summer!

Meeting Minutes

Phil Peterson called the meeting to order at 6:05PM, CST.

Committee/Staff Updates

Membership System – Nancy Kennedy-Hackney

  • Working with Wisconsin team for the 2024 convention: I attend the weekly meetings
    • created vendor registration
    • created pre-registration form
    • answer questions on previous conventions
    • will work with Mark S. for badge prints...

As you probably have read, Dave Lockhart has resigned from the role of President as of October 31, 2023.  In accordance with the duties of the First Vice President, I accepted the role of President until the end of the next term.

To replace me in my previous position I nominated John Noack to once again take on the responsibilities of the First Vice President.  He accepted and the Eboard approved his appointment. 

I want to thank thank Dave for his time and efforts on the Eboard and look forward to seeing him in Madison next year.  I hope to see many of you there as well.

If you have questions or concerns, please email me at IPMSPresident@ipmsusa.org.

While I didn't run for this position...