We had a good turnout for January's meeting and got the better part of the calendar planned for the year, but we are still looking for some ideas for the months of June, July, November, and for a place for the Christmas party in December Please look over your schedule, and if you would like to host one of the meetings, let me know. If you have an idea for a place for the Christmas party let one of us know ASAP. We’re trying to keep the cost per person for the dinner at around $25 to $30, but if we find one for less that would be great. Dave has posted what we have on the calendar so far, and we’ll be updating it as we move along. Please check out Alycefaye's minutes of the meeting and the photos.
Dave gave a talk on lighting and the using of LED lights, and how lighting makes a display more interesting. For any of our members who missed the meeting, you can see the talk on Dave’s website. Alycefaye gave us a preview of what she has planned for February's meeting on making islands for our layouts. This is all leading up to making our display for the TCA National Convention in June, the best and most interesting one that the PGRS has ever done.
Tina gave us a financial report on the club. Please go to her report to view. We also discussed and took a vote on going back to the club using the money we make from the 50/50 raffle for our door prizes at the Christmas banquet. This had been a long standing use of that money and we stopped it when we were raising money for the new trailer. The vote was for going back to using the money for door prizes. Congratulations to Reggie Watkins, the lucky winner of this month's raffle. A big Thank You Al Hartman and Bill Patterson for all your help in running the raffle.
We don't have a trip planned for this year yet. But the club is looking into some very interesting ideas. Clark Kemmerer is checking into a trip out to “Steam Town” in Scranton, Pa; Bill Malick gave me information on “Steaming into History” at Hanover Junction which is outside of Gettysburg, Pa. I’m working on a trip to Cumberland, MD, to ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to see the 1309, the largest articulated steam engine in regular service in the United State. I have made a lot of calls and I'm waiting for people to get back to me. Most of the people I have talked to have told me that pricing would not be in place until April, and some are sending general information for us to look over.
Our next meeting is scheduled for February 25, at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 100 Chapel View Drive, Greensburg, PA, 1PM to? This is a working meeting. Alycefaye will be showing us how to make little islands or oasis to make our layout more interesting. Please bring a knife set to help you with your island or any other tools you may have. If you have any small flowers, stones, or other items to help in decorating your island bring them also. Alycefaye Stewart & Joe Welling will be our hosts, and are asking everyone who is planning on attending to let them know by February 21. Phone (724) 837-5449 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They will provide a light lunch for the group and need an idea on how many to prepare for. Members are welcome to bring finger foods or a snack to help out with our lunch.
Bill Malick reports that Claudette is having trouble with dizziness and has fallen twice this past week. Please keep Bill and Claudette in your prayers. Hopefully her doctor will get to the bottom of her problem and she will be on the road to a speedy recovery very soon. Jackie Magri reports that Ed Celento is home from the hospital and that Ann to taking good care of him. Please take a minute and send Claudette and Ed a “Get Well" card and let them know you are thinking of them.
Bill Malick is asking anyone who went on our bus/train trip last year to Elkins, WV, to share any pictures with him and Claudette. Bill had camera trouble and lost his pictures from the trip. Bill and Claudette were celebrating their fifty wedding anniversary and Bill is trying to make up a photo album to surprise Claudette. If you can help Bill with his project I know he would be most appreciative.