When I retired, Rob and Melisa made me get a computer and the internet. They said I would be lost without it, and how would I communicate with anyone? My answer was that I would just call people on my phone just like I have always done. I had e-mail at work, but now that I had retired, I didn't think I would I need it. But now I was without my computer for the last two weeks; I had taken it over to the Geek squad at Best Buy to be updated so that my new Xfinity internet modem could communicate with it.
Well I was lost without it for two weeks. Friday, December 2, I got my computer back and I can start communicating with the world again. I never thought I would miss my computer, but Iím starting to look into having a back up one just in case this ever happens again.
Now that I have my computer back I can start off with the newsletter for December.
I would like to say thank you to all who helped make the Castle Shannon train show a big success. In our display we used the new carpet and some of the buildings that Bill Patterson donated to the club. Please see the photos of our display. The PGRS received a lot of compliments on our lay out. Fred Molly from the fire department called to thank us for doing it, and asked us to come back again next year. We will!
Barrie Baker was the lucky winner of the Pennsylvania starter set we raffled off at the Monongahela River, Rail & Transportation Museum in August. Barrie donated the train back to the club to use as our raffle at the Castle Shannon show. We had a profit of $293 on the raffle; the show had a very good turnout. Thank you again Barrie for the train, and thank you to Bert Mangold for all your help in selling the raffle tickets.
The club did not get approved to do the November Greenberg train show. The Greenberg people wrote back to say they didnít have room for us this time. We replaced the Greenberg show by going out and setting up a display at the Monongahela River, Rail & Transportation Museum for their open house in December. Ernie, Ed, and Gray from the museum are very happy to have the club do a display for them and help them celebrate Christmas. They send all our members a big thank you and wish us a Merry Christmas.
Thank you to all who came out to the museum and helped with the display. After all the work was done the meeting moved on to Hugoís to have dinner. Our stopping at Hugoís to eat after a meeting is slowly starting to become a habit.
Iím writing this the day before our Christmas party at Jadenís. This is the same place we had the party last year. The Willow was sold and closed for remodeling, and the work would not be done in time for the party, so they canceled on us. Jadenís was the only place we could find to host it on Dec. 3.
This year at the Christmas party we will honor the following members with pins: John & Tina Weimer with five year pins, Gene & Caryll Link, Jim & Carol Schwarz with ten year pins, Don & Polly Walter with fifteen year pins, and Al & Shirley Hartman, Richard & Ruth Trudel with twenty year pins. Let us all take a minute to congratulate them for their many years of service.
I would like to wish you all quiet moments with friends and family, and peace and joy this holiday season. May the magic and wonder of Christmas bless your home and bring you peace and joy the whole year through.