On Saturday, June 18, 2018, 48 guys gathered at the Frye Sign Co. in Garden Grove, CA to celebrate the 10 year Anniversary of SoCal AMPS.
The six-hour meeting started with the usual administrative stuff, (recent and up-coming local and national hobby events, AMPS news, and SoCal AMPS news and activities, etc.), then a review of SoCal AMPS's history, traditions and milestones, followed by a club-sponsored Italian dinner, complete with chicken mostoccoli, baked ziti, salad, bread and beverages, followed by an anniversary cake, ice cream and cookies.
Two types of entertainment were provided: 5 armor/modeling related games and 4 member provided Show and Tell sessions.
The 5 armor/modeling-related games were:
The 4 Show and Tell sessions consisted of:
In keeping with our 10-Year Anniversary theme, our good friends at Tamiya and Merit donated several 1:35 and 1:48 scal M-10 tank destroyers and Type 10 modern Japanese MBT kits for game and door prizes.
As per our club tradition, the club donated gift certificates for the final door prize raffle in the value and quantity equal to our anniversary number, hence 10 x $10 gift certificates to our patron and benefactor, Brookhurst Hobbies of Garden Grove. And our club leader, John Stelik donated two 1:25 scale Tamiya tank model kits, the Tiger I and Centurion III, as incentive prizes for the last two games.
We took a quick survey of our members and found that our members average a 27 mile drive to attend our meetings, (if you exclude three outliers who trravel over 125 miles from Tijuana, Mexico0, and possess an average of 212 kits in their model stashes, (again if you exclude one member who was also an outlier with over 3,000 kits in his model stash).
The club also reviewed the final designs for the new club polo shirts and T-55 group build T-shirts intended for the IPMS Nationals. Orders were taken for the shirts and will be available for pick-up at the next scheduled meeting, in time for the guys to wear them at the up-coming IPMS Nationals in August.
Images of the evet are available for viewing on the SoCal AMPS website, socalamps.org and facebook page, facebook.com/groups/21007020912816
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