Wishing you quiet moments with
friends and family this holiday season and peace and joy for the
coming year. May this Christmas season be a memorable one for
you and family.
Iím running a little behind with the newsletter this month. With
the Christmas party December 1, I was very busy getting ready
and didnít do much work on the newsletter. There are months when
I sit down to work on the newsletter and it almost writes itself, and
other months, I just canít get started on it. This December was
one of them.
I would like to thank all our members who worked so hard to make
our Christmas party a big successes. Doing the party is lot of
work and with our members helping we were able to keep the cost
down. This year we had reservations for forty one people. The
Collier Township community room is very large so we had room to
move around and we had a large parking lot in front.
Iím so very glad that our members liked the food. I had the food
from the Cooked Goose Catering Co. before and had always been
very happy with it. I think the Cooked Goose people do a great
job and they are very affordable; they were a big help in making
our Christmas party a success. I took leftover food down to the
Carnegie food bank. They were very grateful for our donation.
(Please see photos of the party)
Now I would like address the warning I had to send out last week
about someone using the PGRS name and asking for money on a
fundraising page for a little boy named Mark. This time of the
year there are many scams going around. I sent out a notice as
soon as I heard about it. I did not receive the request for a
donation, and I think that is because as president I would know
it was a scam. Please donít donate to any fundraising page using
the club's name if you donít see it in the newsletter first. We
will always talk about donations first and take a vote at our
monthly meeting before starting fundraising. Please, if you get
anything like this let me know. I only learned about this when
members started to call and ask questions. Iím very sorry about
this. I know of only one member who was taken in on this and
made a donation in memory of her late husband. I hope that this
never happens again. I need all your help to try and keep this
from happening again. Iím saddened to hear of anyone taken
advantage of in scams like this.
The January meeting is the planning meeting for the year. We are
looking for ideas and for members to host meetings . If anyone
would like to host a meeting or have a special month they would
like to host, please let me know before the planning meeting and
weíll get it on the calendar. I have to check and see if the
church or the museum at Brownsville is available. I'll have the
details in the January newsletter. As always we are looking for
ideas to help make this an extra special year for the club. If
we did something you really enjoyed and would like to do again,
please let us know.
Many of our members have a subscription to Garden Railways.
Starting with the next issue, Garden Railways will be published
four times per year. All current subscribers will receive the
same number of issues they purchased in their original
subscription term. All future renewals and subscription orders
will be quarterly.
Garden Railways said the publishing business has undergone
massive changes. Paper, printing, and postage costs have risen
exponentially, and readers of every age and interest level are
increasingly looking for content online has make them make this
Marc Horowitz is stepping down as editor of Garden Railways
after thirty five years. His successor will be Kent Johnson, a
life-long model railroader with a small garden railway of his