Our 33rd year!

January 2016 Edition


2016 Meeting Dates 50/50 Drawing
1/08/16 HO
2/05/16 O
3/04/16 N
4/01/16 General
5/06/16 HO
6/03/16 Pizza Dinner/ Yearly Dues are due O


Meeting Called to Order at:
8:01pm, 1/08/16

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

Treasurer's report:
Tim gave the Treasurer's report.

Secretary's report:
Nothing to report.

Vice President's Report:
Nothing to report.

President's report:
Nothing to report.

Motion to accept the Officer's Reports:
Diane made the motion, Dan seconded it, the motion was approved.

Committee reports:
No committee reports this month.

HO Division Report by KC Wittenmyer:
The Santa in Swanton show and the Foster Kids show both went well. The old HO modules are entirely out of commission now.

Upcoming Shows:

4/30- Firelands Show
5/07- National Train Day

O Division Report by Larry Welch:
Larry expressed his condolences to N Division and to the Birkenkamp family. Larry then gave permission to the Treasurer to send the check for O Division's storage fee for the year. The Lights Before Christmas had a record year with over 250,000 attendees, we received many compliments on our display. The Manor House also had a record year with 27,537 attendees.

Upcoming Shows:

May- Amtrak Days
8/11-8/18- Henry County Fair
9/02-9/08- Fulton County Fair
???- Sauder Village
11/11-12/31- The Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo
12/03-12/11- The Manor House

N Division Report by Tim Gray:
N Division is looking for someone to assist in the repair of several key electronics. Tim thanked the Knights of Columbus again for the donation last month.

Upcoming Shows:

3/13/16- Toledo Trainmaster Show put on by Lisa and Randy Ramsey at Owens Community College
5/07/16- National Train Day

Motion to accept the Division Reports:
Cody made the motion, Tim seconded it. The motion was approved.

Old or unfinished Business:
No old or unfinished business.

New Business:
KC made a motion stating the following:
"I motion that the General Fund grant to the HO & N divisions funds for the purpose of maintenance & rebuilding of modules so that they may continue to operate. Both divisions are currently incapable of supporting their needs due to lack of income and monetary situations out of the division's control." Andy seconded the motion.

Don proposed the following amendment to KC's motion:
"That the HO Division allows any member with HO scale equipment to run on the HO modules, provided that they work with the superintendent." Tim seconded the amendment. This was put to a vote and passed.

Ed proposed the following additional amendment to KC's motion:
"That the initial funds are not to exceed $800.00 without further amendment, to be paid back by raffles and other division income." Walt seconded. This was put to a vote and passed.

KC's amended motion reads as follows (seconded by Andy, see above):
"I motion that the General Fund grant to the HO & N divisions funds (not to exceed $800.00 without further amendment, to be paid back by raffles and other division income) for the purpose of maintenance & rebuilding of modules so that they may continue to operate. Both divisions are currently incapable of supporting their needs due to lack of income and monetary situations out of the division's control. The HO Division shall allow any member with HO scale equipment to run on the HO modules, provided that they work with the superintendent." This was put to a vote and passed.

Don brought up a few questions about who owns the N Division equipment and insuring club assets.

Good of the Club:
The raffle was for the HO Fund this month.

Larry wanted to know if anyone knows anything about lubricating an HO Bachman Narrow Gauge engine. KC and Tim both said that it should be the same as lubricating an HO Gauge engine. Larry then asked if Singer Sewing Machine oil is compatible, the general consensus was that it should be compatible provided that it is safe to use with plastic.

Show & Tell:
Show and Tell this month featured Freight themed cars and accessories.

Meeting adjourned:
9:12pm, 1/08/16




Our Next Meeting will be: February 5, 2016

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 Accessory