Greetings to all our ACA friends this Holiday Season. As we prepare for Christmas we are also planning a Southwest Chapter rally at the New Mexico museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM. The dates for this rally are April 4-8, 2019. This event will take place in the parking lot at the museum. This is a dry camping event with a free dump station located nearby.

The first day there will be a welcome reception in the commons area with heavy hors d’ouevres, canned music and relaxation.

The next day will be a busy one with a museum tour, a giant screen film in the theater and a wine tour and tasting. That will be followed by a rocket building and launching event. The evening will be capped off with a buffet dinner on the museum first floor. There will also be a featured speaker on The Year of Apollo.

On Saturday there will be a guided motor coach tour of the Trinity Site and McDonald Ranch House that includes a continental breakfast, an on board historian, a brown bag lunch and an on board movie. There is also a caravan option that will be escorted by military police. That day will end with a Potluck dinner under the stars.

On Sunday we will caravan to the Sunspot Observatory. There will be a happy hour to be followed by dinner on your own.

This rally has been arranged by our past ACA National President Bill Dettmer who is hosting this rally. Stella and I will be co hosting. We have 15 spots guaranteed with a possibility of adding more.

As you can see there are many pieces to this rally that the museum staff and Bill have put together. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to visit the Trinity nuclear test site. See the rally calendar for sign up info.

On a personal note I will be resigning as the SW chapter president, leaving the position in the capable hands of our current VP Rich Hunter. That will leave an opening for Vice President. We will soon also be needing a replacement for Stella as chapter Treasurer.

Best of the New Year, Fred