by President, Rich Hane
We had a great time at the meeting in September with a fine feast provided by Jim and Thomas Bryan and an interesting program by Wally Watts on how the Southern Pacific handled the snow problem in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Those folks really had to work hard to keep the trains rolling through sometimes dozens of feet of snow and snow slides. An interesting sidebar was the group standing outside the 1929 train depot watching the International Space Station go by overhead with the smell of fresh fish cooking on the grill. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Many of us had a great time at the annual Crofton picnic the following Saturday and our thanks to Chuck Hinrichs for spearheading this fun event. Many trains came by at speed which is always exciting and the weather was great.
During the upcoming October meeting we will be having the first call for nominations for the Chapter’s officers. This is an annual event and I encourage everyone to consider offering their name for any of the offices. We are a very friendly group and welcome the participation of all our members in helping to run the Chapter. We presently have a vacancy for the office of Vice-President that I wish you would consider. We always consider all offices open so don’t be shy about running for an office, no one will be upset if we have two or more people’s name in the hat. It is always a good sign for any group to have interested members offering their help. We will have a second call for nominations and the election at the November meeting.
I am sincerely looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces at the next meeting on Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 7 pm at The Center (the old L&N Railroad Depot) in beautiful downtown Madisonville.