IPMS/USA Region 10 Award Winners

Each year, the IPMS/USA Executive Board is pleased to present several Special Achievement awards at the annual National Convention. The award cycle covers the prior calendar year (until 2013 it was March until April). Regional Coordinators select a Regional recipient for the Chapter of the Year Award, the Newsletter of the Year Award, and the Webmaster of the Year Award, and those winners become that Region’s nominees for the national awards. These regional winners are provided to the IPMS/USA Executive Board by the Director of Local Chapters and the winning Chapter for each award is selected by a vote of the Board. Note that at the regional level there is only a “chapter of the year” award. The other two are just nominations for the national award that gets passed along.

Michael Mackowski, IPMS/USA Region 10 Coordinator


2016 IPMS Region 10 Awards

Period covered:  January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Submitted by Michael Mackowski, IPMS/USA Region 10 Coordinator


Process used
I requested and received self-nominations but I only received inputs from three chapters for Chapter and Webmaster awards. I received no self-nominations for Newsletter. For the website and newsletter awards, special attention was given to media that had prominent placement of IPMS/USA membership information. Clubs that have the motivation to nominate themselves get extra consideration but it did not guarantee an award. There were other candidates for the Newsletter award but their editor was not a member of IPMS/USA.

Chapter of the Year 2016 (R10)
The 2016 IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year is the CoMMiES (Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying SciFi) of Denver, CO. They submitted a thorough self-nomination statement that demonstrates their many efforts to promote IPMS/USA and the hobby of scale modeling. They may not have an encyclopedic website nor a newsletter but they make up for it with their numerous outreach activities and positive attitude. They meet twice a month in the Denver area and sponsor an annual show, CoMMiESFest. They have outreach displays and make’n’takes at several events each year including the WonderFest in Louisville, Kentucky (not exactly close to Denver) where they have had a presence for the past twelve years. Their emphasis on the FUN of modeling is a crucial part of retaining current member and recruiting new ones, and makes them deserving of the Region 10 COY award for 2016.

Citation:  For exhibiting enthusiasm for the fun of scale modeling as exemplified by one of their mottos, “Finished is Better than Perfect”, and support of the Society via contests, displays, and Make ‘n Takes.

Webmaster of the Year 2016 (R10)
Mike Blohm (from Albuquerque Scale Modelers) is the R10 Webmaster of the Year for 2016.  Albuquerque’s site is very comprehensive, easy to navigate, promotes IPMS/USA on the main page, and has a specific page for people new to the hobby. Their self-nomination essay is attached and is very detailed. Mike Blohm is a current member of IPMS/USA.

Citation:  For producing a sharp, easy to use, well organized website with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.
Their site is at: http://abqscalemodelers.com

Newsletter of the Year 2016 (R10)
Mold Lines, editor Dave Diaz, from the Sonoran Desert Model Builders in Tucson, Arizona chapter is the Region 10 Newsletter of the Year for 2016. This is a relatively new publication (started in 2015) and exhibits quality content without padding it with material that is better suited to a website. The Mold Lines newsletter has excellent overall content, with good articles on actual modeling techniques or kit reviews, has an easy to find on-line archive, and includes promotion of IPMS/USA. Dave Diaz is a current member of IPMS/USA. A sample copy is attached and more may be found at:
 https://sdmb.yolasite.com/sdmb-newsletter.php

Citation:  For publishing a easy to read newsletter on a regular basis with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.



2015 IPMS Region 10 Awards


Period covered:  January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
Submitted by Michael Mackowski, IPMS/USA Region 10 Coordinator

Process used
I requested and received self-nominations but I only received inputs from three chapters for Chapter and Webmaster awards. I received no self-nominations for Newsletter. For the website and newsletter awards, special attention was given to media that had prominent placement of IPMS/USA membership information. Clubs that have the motivation to nominate themselves get extra consideration but it did not guarantee an award. Some clubs had an outstanding activity in one category but were weak in others, so I could not recognize them for overall effort. Additionally, some nice websites and newsletters will go unrecognized because the individuals were not current IPMS/USA members at the end of 2015. I plan to contact individual chapters soon about this.

Chapter of the Year 2015 (R10)

The 2015 IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year is the Sonoran Desert Model Builders of Tucson, AZ. They submitted a colorful, comprehensive nomination package and have shown a marked improvement over the past few years. They have good communications, many community outreach events, and an emphasis on helping members become better model builders. They are strong promoters of IPMS/USA via their website and participation in regional events and national conventions. Their local annual swap meet has grown into a nice event with a good contest and friendly atmosphere. The club does a lot of outreach via Make ‘n Take events, model displays, and service projects.

Citation:  For excellence in promoting the craft of scale modeling and the Society via competitions, displays, Make ‘n Takes, and support of local, regional, and national modeling events.

Webmaster of the Year 2015 (R10)

Pablo Bauleo (from High Plains Modelers in northern Colorado) is the R10 Webmaster of the Year for 2014.  He is a repeat winner from 2014. While their website may not be as extensive as other clubs, they promote IPMS/USA on the main page, and the content is well-organized and easy to find. They did not provide a self-nomination but they stood out after a review of all the R10 websites. They clearly met all the main criteria:
•    Promote IPMS/USA
•    Timely announcements
•    Regular updates
•    Easy to navigate
•    Easy to find contact info
Their site is at:  http://ipmshpm.blogspot.com/

Citation:  For producing a sharp, easy to use, well-organized website with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

Newsletter of the Year 2015 (R10)

The Corsair, editor Mike Pabis, from the Phoenix, Arizona chapter is the Region 10 Newsletter of the Year for 2015. This is a repeat winner from last year as The Corsair consistently has quality content, including kit reviews and modeling tips without padding it with content that is better suited to a website. This newsletter has excellent overall content, with good articles on actual modeling techniques or kit reviews, has an easy to find on-line archive, and had prominent promotion of IPMS/USA. There was no self-nomination.

Citation:  For publishing a easy to read newsletter on a regular basis with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

2014 IPMS Region 10 Award Winners

Period covered:  January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014

Process used
 
I requested and received self-nominations but I only received inputs from three chapters, and one of those was late. For the website and newsletter awards, special attention was given to media that had prominent placement of IPMS/USA membership information. Clubs that have the motivation to nominate themselves get extra consideration but it does not guarantee an award.

Chapter of the Year 2014 (R10)

The 2014 IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year is the Albuquerque Scale Modelers. They are repeat winners from last year, with good communications, many events, and an emphasis on helping members become better model builders. They are strong promoters of IPMS/USA via their website and participation in national conventions. Their sponsorship of the 2014 Region 10 Convention was very much appreciated and no small factor in their award this year. The club does a lot of outreach via Make ‘n Take events, model displays, and service projects. Their self-nomination essay is attached and is very detailed.

Citation:  For excellence in promoting the craft of scale modeling and the Society via competitions, displays, Make ‘n Takes, and support of local, regional, and national modeling events.


Webmaster of the Year 2014 (R10)

Pablo Bauleo (and his team from High Plains Modelers in northern Colorado) is the R10 Webmaster of the Year for 2014.  While their website may not be as extensive as other clubs, it is much improved over last years version from High Plains. They promote IPMS/USA on the main page, and the content is well-organized and easy to find. They did not provide a self-nomination but they stood out after a review of all the R10 websites. They clearly met all the main criteria:
•    Promote IPMS/USA
•    Timely announcements
•    Regular updates
•    Easy to navigate
•    Easy to find contact info
Their site is at:  http://ipmshpm.blogspot.com/

Citation:  For producing a sharp, easy to use, well-organized website with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA. This club’s improvement over last year is notable and deserves this recognition.

Newsletter of the Year 2014 (R10)

The Corsair, editor Mike Pabis, from the Phoenix, Arizona chapter is the Region 10 Newsletter of the Year for 2014. This is a repeat winner from last year as The Corsair consistently has quality content, including kit reviews and modeling tips without padding it with content that is better suited to a website. This newsletter had excellent overall content, with good articles on actual modeling techniques or kit reviews, has an easy to find on-line archive, and had prominent promotion of IPMS/USA.

Citation:  For publishing a easy to read newsletter on a regular basis with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

2013 IPMS Region 10 Award Winners

Period covered:  January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Submitted by Michael Mackowski, IPMS/USA Region 10 Coordinator

Process used
 
I requested and received self-nominations but I only received two. Since most chapters’ level of activity does not change much from year to year, I mostly did a double check of the data I reviewed last year. For the website and newsletter awards, special attention was given to media that had prominent placement of IPMS/USA membership information. Clubs that have the motivation to nominate themselves get extra consideration but it does not guarantee an award.

Chapter of the Year (R10)

The 2013 IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year is the Albuquerque Scale Modelers. They are a very active club, with good communications, many events, and an emphasis on helping members become better model builders. They are strong promoters of IPMS/USA via their website and participation in national conventions. This club does a lot of outreach via Make ‘n Take events, model displays, and service projects. Their self-nomination essay is attached and is very detailed.

Citation:  For excellence in promoting the craft of scale modeling and the Society via competitions, displays, Make ‘n Takes, and support of local, regional, and national modeling events.

Webmaster of the Year (R10)

Mike Blohm (from Albuquerque Scale Modelers) is the R10 Webmaster of the Year for 2013.  Albuquerque’s site is very comprehensive, easy to navigate, promotes IPMS/USA on the main pages, and has a specific page for people new to the hobby. Their self-nomination essay is attached and is very detailed.

Citation:  For producing a sharp, easy to use, well-organized website with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

Newsletter of the Year (R10)

The Corsair, editor Mike Pabis, from the Phoenix, Arizona chapter is the Region 10 Newsletter of the Year for 2013. This newsletter had excellent overall content, with good articles on actual modeling techniques or kit reviews, was easy to find on-line, and had prominent promotion of IPMS/USA. Three samples are attached.

Citation:  For publishing a easy to read newsletter on a regular basis with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

2012 IPMS Region 10 Award Winners

Period covered:  April 15, 2012 - April 14, 2013
Submitted by Michael Mackowski, IPMS/USA Region 10 Coordinator

Process used 
I requested and received self-nominations but I first did an independent review of all three awards. For the most part, chapters that sent self nominations for COY got the strongest consideration but this was not a prerequisite for an award. Clubs that have the motivation to nominate themselves should get extra consideration.

Chapter of the Year (R10)
The 2012-13 IPMS/USA Region 10 Chapter of the Year is the Phoenix / Craig Hewitt Chapter (Keith Pieper, chapter president). This was a close call but Phoenix did a lot of Make ‘n Take events and a better job of promoting IPMS/USA on their website and newsletter than most other clubs. Phoenix also does a large annual contest (ModelZona) and held a very successful Modeling Clinic outside the normal schedule of club meetings. (Note that since I am a member of this club, I had an independent IPMS/USA member of this region, a former national officer, review my selection.)

Citation:  For excellence in promoting the craft of scale modeling and the Society via competitions, clinics, Make ‘n Takes, and general publicity.

Webmaster of the Year (R10)
Mike Blohm (from Albuquerque Scale Modelers) is the R10 Webmaster of the Year for 2012-13.  Albuquerque’s site is very comprehensive, easy to navigate, promotes IPMS/USA on the main pages, and has a specific page for people new to the hobby.

Citation:  For producing a sharp, easy to use, well-organized website with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

Newsletter of the Year (R10)
The High Plains Gazette, editor Jeff Brown, from the High Plains (Loveland, CO) chapter is the Region 10 Newsletter of the Year for 2012-13. This newsletter had the best overall content, with good articles on actual modeling techniques or kit reviews, was easy to find on-line, and had prominent promotion of IPMS/USA.

Citation:  For publishing a professional-looking newsletter on a regular basis with useful and timely content including ready links to IPMS/USA.

2011 IPMS Region 10 Award Winners

Chapter of the Year (R10)
Albuquerque Scale Modelers

Webmaster of the Year (R10)
Mike Blohm, Albuquerque Scale Modelers


Newsletter of the Year (R10)
The Corsair, editor Keenan Chittester, Phoenix-Craig Hewitt chapter