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March, 2019 .... Issue 3
Anita Brown, Donna & Larry Grady, Bob & Patti Moffit, Ed Ramming & Al Schmidt

In Memory of John Craven

Shortly after our last meeting, John Craven passed away. He will be missed.

Annual Luncheon (Celebrating 25 Years)

We all arrived in time for the start of our annual luncheon. Some were dressed for the St Patrick's Day celebration that weekend. Others were just happy to get together. Dr Mike led us in a prayer of thanksgiving and we all enjoyed our meals.


After a short business meeting we cut our 25th anniversary cake and offered a cake mold for anyone who wanted it.

Attending: Dr Mike and Pat Lurakis, Ed Ramming, Joan Bishop, Bill Keller, Stephen Condiff, Jack and Ann Proud, Donna and Larry Grady, Lou and Rose Riciardi, Al and Bobbie Schmidt, Brian and Clair Steager, John and June Seltner, Ned Young, Phil and Suzanne Hatrack, Bob and Patti Moffit.


Ed Ramming. Pres. called the meeting to order at 2:10 P.M. with a flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Ed Ramming thanked Dr Mike for the invocation and Donna for her work on arranging this luncheon.

Treasurer: Donna Reported all bills are paid.

Sunshine: Patty Reported she sent 3 birthday cards and 2 thank you cards (Jim Shourt and Ed Ramming for their work on the Thomas controllers) in January. In February she sent 3 birthday cards and 1 feel better card.

Patti also wanted to give thanks to all our Thomas workers and let them know how much their work is appreciated every year. These members make working with Thomas so much fun. We appreciate your help so much. Special thanks to: Jack Proud, Monica Weaber, Steve Cundiff, Lou Ricciardi, Alice Irizarry, John Craven and Al Schmidt


Green Planet Show: Brian has set the date for April 27th & 28th with setup on the 26th starting at 10 AM

Newsletter Editor: Our new member, Dan has agreed to help Al with the newsletter and our web site.


Spring Open House: We discussed and agreed to set this year's open house date for Saturday, May 18th. Please let Al know if you will be participating.
Late note on this item. We have 2 locations, Jim Holt, Green Planet and Al Schmidt. We can advertise this as an Open House Day, but a tour won't work unless we have more locations.

End Note for This Meeting: We finished the meeting reminiscing about the special times we had over the past 25 years in shows at Ocean City, Cold Spring, Greenberg Show in Pennsauken, Atlantic City, Cape May Airport, Shore Mall (a very long running show) Paulsboro, Richland, Vineland our Open house tours and of course our meetings at our members' homes!

Meeting adjourned 3:30 PM

Green Planet Show -- March 27 & 28
Setup on the 26th @ 10
Bring your trains to run

Green Planet at 1 PM on the 28th
Green Planet Nursery
1022 Monroeville Rd,
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Brian Steager, Coord.
Contact Brian or Clair
or 845-769-3639
if you can attend and will be bringing an appetizer of dessert to share


News you need to know
Prayers for: Tom & Anita Brown and Alice Irizarry

50/50 - No Drawing


4th Steve Cundiff
5th Larry Grady
11th Clair Steager
12th Brian Steager
30th Sam Hunter
30th John Craven
31st Pat Lurakis


8th Mike Lurakis
17th Monica Weaber
29th Paul Gac
January 12th Club Meeting @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
February NO Club Meeting
March 16th Annual Lunch & Meeting
March 22nd & 23rd East Coast Large Scale Train Show - York PA
April 27th & 28th Club Meeting & Train Show - Brian Steager @ Green Planet
May Club Meeting - Ed Ramming & Joan Bishop
May 18th SJGRS Open House Day (10 - 3)
June 22nd Club Meeting - Foxes (No Trains Running)
July NO Club Meeting
August Club Meeting
September Club Meeting
October Club Meeting
November 9th Club Meeting - Nominations, Bobbie & Al Schmidt
December 6th Setup for Ocean City Train Show (starting at noon, decorations @ 2 PM)
December 7th & 8th Ocean City Train Show - Music Pier (Take Down @ 3:30PM on the Final Day)
December Holiday Train Shows

*Dates are subject to change
Please Check for Updates

If you would like to have a meeting in 2019 contact Anita Brown or Al Schmidt. Dates can be changed but we need to set up our schedule in order to plan for shows etc. Contact: or 609-646-1102 OR or 856-672-0172

Check out the web page for calendar information, latest photos and updated directory. Thanks to our Webmaster Al Schmidt for keeping this site updated.

**Names listed with show dates are contact people in addition to the Show Coordinator, if you would like to participate.

If you know someone who would like to advertise in our newsletter, have them send their business card(with a check for $25 which will cover their ad for one year) to:

Anita Brown
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201

We now have a business card that we hand out to people who inquire about our club. Please pick some up, if you can and hand them out to anyone who you think may be interested.


South Jersey
Railroad Society
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201


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