A big THANK YOU goes to our volunteer judges. For if these dedicated individuals did not step up, there would be no scale contests.
We should not take these volunteers for granted. They sacrafice their time, their own interest in competing and in the case of this year's SoCal regional, they gave up their Easter with family.
Roxanne Cottrell has been driving from Arizona for the past couple years to give her time and dedicated service as a static judge. She is a certified U.S. Scale Masters static judge. She usually
handles "color & markings". Thank you Roxanne for your continued service to scale aviation and to the U.S. Scale Masters Association. We need more people like Roxanne to make all this work.
Jim Reed is one of the Scale Masters' most dedicated members. He is always there to help in anyway needed. Jim is also a certified U.S. Scale Masters - Flight & Static judge. He has been providing his
expertise since the first Hemet qualifier in 2006. He has served as Airboss, Saftey inspector, Flightline Coordinator as well as both static & flight judge....AND in the past, all in the same event!
I have been attending each SoCal qualifier since '07 and have watched Jim "serve" his community of scale modelers with the most professional attitude and willingness and without any fanfare.
Jim is also willing to take a minute after each flight to give some pointers to the pilots about their maneuvers. He is a very consistant judge. Thank you Jim for all you do for us!
Now, what can I say about Curtis Kitteringham
We would not have a SoCal qualifier if not for Curtis. He is the hardest working Contest Director I've seen. He plans,plans,plans and executes the plan. He gets things done. He is a task-master.
Curtis works behind the scenes for months to prepare for the annual SoCal regional. There is so much needed to do so it all comes together AND runs smoothly. He has to make dozens of calls each year to the judges, the score keepers and runners, hosting club, sponsors, contestants, field maintenance and prep, even ensuring a clean port-a-poti is available. Making sure there's room for RVs and vendors access. There is a lot of work and panning for months to have a scale contest. Then there's advertising and promotions. Providing lunch. Ordering the trophies. The list goes on. It's a daunting task and one man can't do it all.
It takes a small army of volunteers to make it happen. We are lucky to have people like Curtis to ensure we have a fun,safe and successful contest each year.
I think I can speak for everyone who attends our little qualifier each year by saying Thank you Curtis!
It would not happen if you were not so dedicated!