IMCA Insights – February 2010

Fourth Annual IMCA Dinner in Tucson
by Maria Haas

This was the fourth time we hosted an official IMCA dinner in Tucson during the show. Each year we have gotten a few more attendees than the year prior so I expected around 35 people. It is my pleasure to tell you we had 63 people at the dinner this year!

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 1

La Fuente Mexican Restaurant glowing in the moonlight (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 2

From background left clockwise: New Member Erik Christensen, Me, Michael Blood, Linton Rohr, Mark Murphy, Mohammad Hmani, Bob Falls, Greg Hupe, Angel Blood (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 3

In background: Svend Buhl, Dave Gheesling, Mr. and Mrs. Don Hurkot, Foreground: Anne Black, Dr. Art Ehlmann and former student Denise, Countess and Count Deiro, Robert Boedecker II and guest, Carol Falls, Bob Falls’ niece, Bob Falls and our server who did such a nice job taking care of all of us (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 4

I'm not sure what I'm doing in this picture but Anne Black (left) looks normal enough for the both of us. (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 5

Bob Falls, Geoff Notkin, Larry Lebofsky, Dr. Art Ehlmann and former student Denise, Countess Deiro. Background: Jim Tobin, Bob Holmes, Don Edwards, Dr. Jim Shorten, Mohammad Hmami, Anne Black, and Michael Blood in his famous tie-died Shirt (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 6

Don Edwards, Fredrick Stephan, Bob Holmes, Doug Dawn (Photo by Leigh Anne Del Ray)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 7

New Member Eric Christensen and his sister had their own table (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 8

Erik Krieder (Twink's Guest), Dolores Hill's beautiful smile, Rik Hill, Count Deiro Background: Dr. Jim Shorten, Richard Kowalski (Discoverer of TC3/Alhamatta Sitta!), Sarah Cole, Keith Vasquez's friend Orlando, Geoff Notkin, Mark Bowling and “Ditto” (A great meteorite hunter friend of several party guests) (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 9

Geoff Notkin and Jose Gutierrez (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 10

Both Meteorite Men, Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin, and Me (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 11

Geoff Notkin, Leigh Anne DelRay, and Me (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 12

Linton Rohr, Leigh Anne DelRay, David (Leigh Anne's boyfriend), Mohammad Hmani, Greg Hupe, Angel Blood (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 13

Jim Tobin, Paul Harris and Larry Lebofsky (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 14

Erich Haiderer, Rik Hill, Angel Blood, Erik Christensen and his sister, Michael Blood, Linton Rohr, Mike Murphy (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 15

Aw, aren't they cute! Mr. and Mrs. Steve Arnold Left from background: Sarah Cole, Orlando (Keith Vasquez's Guest), Dolores and Rik Hill (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 16

Steve Arnold, Qynne Arnold, Twink Monrad, Jim Tobin, Larry Lebofsky, Gary Fujihara, Erik Krieder (Twink's Guest), Dolores and Rik Hill (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 17

Here's a great picture! Svend Buhl, Paul Harris, Anne Black (Photo by Keith Vasquez)

IMCA Tucson Show Dinner 18

Even with Fredrick Stephan having donated three of our five door prizes, it didn’t feel like enough for that many people so Dolores Hills graciously donated three ASU t-shirts to help. This picture is of everybody waiting for Richard Kowalski to pick their name: Gary Fujihara, Don Edwards, Rob Matson, Don Hurkot, Mrs. Hurkot, Robert Boedecker II and Mrs. Boedecker, Linton Rohr, Erik Christensen’s Sister, Mark Murphy, Carol, Bob’s Neice, Bob Falls, Rik Hill, Dolores Hill, Leigh Anne Delray, Richard Kowalski, Sarah Cole and in the middle poised to jump: Eduardo Jawerbaum!

The door prize winners were: Bob Falls, Greg Hupe, Robert Boedecker II, Erik Krieder, Orlando (Keith’s Friend), Oscar (Jose’s future son-in-law), Mohammed Hmani, and Eduardo Jawerbaum.

We had technical difficulties with some photos and several guests are not pictured but they aren’t forgotten. Thanks to everyone who attended and was shown in a photo plus Dorothy Norton, Dave Mouat, Mike Jensen, Bill Jensen, Russ Finney, and last but not least, Keith Vasquez, our photographer. A few people were not able to attend but they were missed: Jim Strope, Paul and Wendy Swartz, Karl Aston and his son, Bob Cucciara and Larry Sloan.

The next two pictures have nothing to do with the dinner but are provided for your pleasure. Who’d have thought we’d have two fine auctioneers at the Blood Auction!?!

Blood Auction 1

Count Deiro (top) did a fine job at Michael Blood's (below) podium - both assisted by Leigh Anne DelRay (both photos by Russ Finney)

Blood Auction 1

I look forward to meeting more of you and if you are traveling to the Tucson show in 2011, it would be our pleasure if joined us for dinner. All are welcome.

Maria Haas
Treasurer to the Stars

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