Our 32nd year!

January 2015 Edition


2015 Meeting Dates 50/50 Drawing
1/09/15 HO
2/06/15 O
3/06/15 N
4/03/15 Annual Chili Dinner HO
5/01/15 O


Meeting Called to Order at:
8:10 PM, 1/09/2015

Motion to accept the Secretary's report (Dispatcher) from last month:
Ed made the motion, Tim seconded. Motion passed.

Treasurer's report:
Ron presented the November and December Treasurer's reports.

Vice President's Report:
The 50/50 raffle is for HO scale. Dan said that he is planning to get pictures and a video of a new train display in Oldtown, San Diego.

President's report:
Don brought in fliers and catalogs.

Secretary's report:
John announced that the website has been completed.

Motion to accept the Officer's Reports:
Tim made the motion, Henry seconded. Motion passed.

Public Relations report:
A lady stopped Ron while he was at the zoo to discuss some trains that she wants to sell. Don suggested having a postcard with pictures and an application so that they could be handed out, which spurred a discussion about the applications that we currently have. Don stressed that we need to generate some interest to draw in new members. Ed suggested putting notifications for upcoming shows in some of the local publications. Further suggestions should be sent to Ron at the PO box. Gretchen mentioned during the HO report that we could take out an ad in the Swanton Calendar. Larry said that we have done a good job on the website update.

HO Division Report by KC Wittenmyer:
HO Division will be sending a letter to the city of Swanton to see if they can get a building to use as a place to build a permanent layout. HO Division will be doing fewer shows this year.

Upcoming Shows:

3/08/2015- Greater Toledo Train and Toy Show (Randy's show).
5/09/2015- National Train Day.

There are others as well; they will be in future Dispatchers.

O Division Report by Larry Welch:
Happy birthday to Ron!

The Manor House show was successful, with over twenty thousand visitors this year (a new record). We received many good comments in regards to our display. Thank you to all twenty four people who helped out with the 240 hours put in between setup and teardown. Teardown went smoothly.

The Toledo Zoo show went very well, with over 207,000 visitors (also a new record). We received many comments. People were pleased with the layout but disappointed with the location. The Drive -n was a big hit again, but so were the other features- especially "Prince Charming".

The next show will likely be Amtrack Day. With that, O Division is going into a winter's sleep.

Upcoming Shows:

5/02/2015- Amtrack Day.


N Division Report by Tim Gray:
The trailer is going to be repainted.

Upcoming Shows:

3/08/2015- Greater Toledo Train and Toy Show (Randy's show).
5/09/2015- National Train Day.

Motion to accept the Division Reports:
Diane made the motion, Jon seconded. Motion passed.

Old or unfinished Business:
None.

New Business:
A box of trees were left over after the cleanup at the zoo. Jim wanted to know if Dr. Sterling could attend one of our meetings to discuss his new book. This has been approved for the March meeting (3/06/15).

Good of the Club:
The raffle is for the HO Division this month.

Show & Tell:
Don brought in a Lionel Icehouse, a Lionel Jet-Engine Snowblower, an MTH Jordan Spreader, Whitepass Flatcar trailer with Eskimo Salmon, and a Rotary Plow. Danny brought in two Amtrack Superliners. Larry brought in a Snowblower car. Jon brought in a few posters to give away.

Meeting adjourned:
9:01 PM, 01/09/2015





Our Next Meeting will be: February 6, 2015

The Meeting will be canceled if there is a level 2 snow emergency, we will post on the Facebook group and our website if the meeting is to be canceled.

Location: The Swanton Community Room

Show and Tell: Favorite Building