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These minutes reflect the discussion during the IPMS 2023 National Convention Executive Board/Membership Business meeting held on Saturday, August 4, 2023 in San Marcos, Texas.

PowerPoint presentation slides for the meeting are posted as well.

Minutes

  • DL called the meeting to order at 9:06AM, CDT.
  • Members of the Executive Board and IPMS/USA Staff were introduced.
  • DL encouraged attendees to please ask questions and provide feedback to the Board.

President’s Report and Discussions

    • Develop an on-line (Zoom) chapter for remotely located IPMS/USA members who don’t have access to a chapter.
    • Work with NCSC in developing more tools to help chapters host nationals.
    • Work on...
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October 1, 2023

To the Membership of IPMS/USA and the hobby community,

The appearance of impropriety or questionable integrity is unacceptable in any sector of this organization. The IPMS Executive Board will work diligently to fix those issues when they arise.

We owe the membership more details on the matter than were included in our September 19 statement. More information has come to light in the interim, prompting us to revisit the Category 608 judging incident reported at the 2023 IPMS National Contest. As a result, three senior judges involved in this matter will be suspended from participation in the IPMS/USA National Contest judging corps. They may choose on their own to present themselves for consideration as supervised OJT judges for retraining in the...

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To the Membership of IPMS/USA,

The results of this year’s officer elections and amendment referendum have been tabulated and verified and are available for your review below.  In short, all officers were running unopposed, and were confirmed by the vote.  All proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws were approved by a majority of a sufficient number of the membership, to make a valid response as required in the By-Laws.  The specific totals for each line item are included below.

The Executive Board of IPMS/USA appreciates your participation in the election process.  Your participation and feedback are critical to the success of our Society.

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Our annual national convention is one of the highlights of being a member of IPMS/USA. This year our convention was held in San Marcos, Texas, and it was a great success.

One of the key reasons modelers from all over the world attend is to take part in our national contest. This year there were over 3,100 models entered by 400 modelers in over 200 categories. While the competition is fierce, there is a strong comradery among all the modelers who participate, whether as contestants, judges, or simply as admirers of the amazing skills and talent on display.

The NCC (National Contest Committee) runs the contest with the help of the sponsoring chapter. The NCC trains and recruits the judges for contest from the entire IPMS/USA membership. There are over 300 judges. In the...

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Social media has been full of discussions regarding “IPMS judging” following this summer’s wonderful IPMS/USA National Convention in San Marcos.  These social media and IPMS Discussion Forum debates are not new; judging has always been a topic that brings out the passion in modelers. There is always fervent support on either side of whatever judging issue is being discussed.  We want you to know we are listening and appreciate and are inspired by your passion for the hobby, and any constructive feedback.

As an example, in response to feedback from the membership the Executive Board voted unanimously to swiftly address the issue of judges handling models during contest evaluation a few days ago.  This practice will no longer be allowed as a part...

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