Meeting @ Alice Irizarry's
Our August meeting
in the gentle pines of Browns Mills was an event not to be missed.
Alice had a few surprises for us. First, the indoor layout
was gone. So, there was more room inside for our meeting. But first
we had to enjoy her outside layout and that we did.
Alice reaffirmed that
her outside layout (Track, Track Bed and Supports - not buildings)
is for sale. It's about 300 feet. Contact Alice for more
details and to close the deal.
The next surprise was the wonderful
selection of lunch hoagies, salads and desserts. Thanks to Alice
Following the meeting, Alice
gave each of us 'favors' filled with really nice train related things.
These "favors" were called "Turtle Bags".
Thank you. Alice
Attending: Ed Ramming,
Joan Bishop, Alice Irizarry, Donna and Larry Grady, Al and Bobbie
Schmidt, Patti and Bob Moffit, Phil Hatrak, Susan Cantonese, Jack
Proud, Ned Young and Irene and Peter Glenn (friends of Alice).
Ed Ramming. Pres. called
the meeting to order at 2:15 P.M. with a flag salute and the Pledge
President Ed Ramming thanked Alice for hosting the meeting
and for her work to get the outside layout running and preparing
the food for our lunch.
Treasurer: Donna reported that we are solvent.
reported that she
sent 9 Birthday cards in July. She also sent out two Feel Better
cards to Jack Proud and Bill Keller. Patti also sent a Get-Well
card to Marilyn Fox.
reported that he will get them to the trailer while it is at Larry
and Donna Grady's.
has repaired the white and black engine that was not working.
at the Brown's: Alice, Patti, Bob and Al reported that
the sale went well. There was still a lot of items remaining.
the Trailer for Ocean City:Larry reported that he will
have the trailer at his house by mid-August for us to work on repairing
the buildings, etc. and repacking the trailer for the OC Show in
POST MEETING UPDATE: We're off to a great start. On Saturday,
8-17, Larry, Donna and Al met at the Grady's garage to work on the
Larry had brought up the trailer and all the houses that didn't
fit back to their garage. (Some of the houses Jim Lincoln had brought
The Larry and Donna had everything out of the trailer and out of
most of the bins.
Buildings were separated in to 2 categories -- needs some repair
/ needs extensive repair.
We consolidated the 4 tool boxes into 2. The 3rd and 4th went to
the 50/50 pile
All of the Christmas trees are in one tub.
We consolidated the transformers and cords into 1 tub and got us
down to 5 plus a spare. The 6th one we set aside for a 50/50 take
We opened up the bins with cars in them, removed the burlap.
We found 4 HO "sound effects" units that we put into the
50/50 takeaway group.
We put the tool boxes (2) and 4 tubs into the trailer. Looks like
we can get 2 tubs + 2 tool boxes in the front of the trailer and
then 2 rows of 8 tubs (2 columns of 4 tubs) plus room at the end
for 1 column of 4 tubs at the end and still have room for batts/sheets
of snow. (won't know for sure until finish the repack.)
work on cleaning / fixing buildings.
Al took 4 buildings
home to re-glue and make them more presentable. Jack Proud &
Ann took about 6 buildings home with them
out that they still have the track from the Fox's layout in their
shed. We need to decide what to do with that track. We also have
turnouts that we are no longer using, etc.
Larry and Donna have continued gluing, mending, painting and sprucing
up some broken, sad, well-worn buildings and breathing some new
life into them. Keep in mind they are better than they were, but
not for perfect close inspection. They are handy-man specials that
are being fixed up, lol, but they still look good. It has been a
fun thing to do seeing them come to life again. Working on the largest
first so they are ready for packing first.
No worries, we will have plenty to do at the meeting too.
City Show: Al will contact OC for details, etc. for this
December. This year's dates are- Dec 7 & 8 with Setup on the
POST MEETING UPDATE: Kathy Caraballo confirmed that we are
invited to OC for the Christmas Show the weekend of the 7th &
Field Trip: There was a further discussion of the possibility
of a group trip to Nicholas Smith. We discussed doing it as our
October meeting and include a lunch at a Trolley-Themed Restaurant
near the Nicholas Smith store. We will set a date at the September
Editor: Dan has agreed
to help Al with the newsletter and our web site.
the Trailer Workshop for our next meeting: Donna
pick up a new table for our transformers Remember, we also need
bubble wrap to better pack the houses, cars and engines. Please
save any that you get from items you have delivered and bring it
to our September meeting.
Morris Arboretum: Morris
Arboretum Had some discussion about the recent updates to the layout
at the Arboretum and suggestions to visit this fall if you can.
Meeting adjourned 3:30 PM
MEETING & WORKSHOP
Donna and Larry Grady's
1 PM on September 7th
61 Monroe Drive
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021
Contact Larry or Donna
you will attend and
will be bringing an appetizer of dessert to share
you need to know
Prayers for: Tom & Anita Brown, Bill Keller, Jack Proud, Alice
Irizarry and Marilyn Fox
50/50 - Ned Young won
Remember: Alice is
selling her outside layout, track, track bed and supports (about
300ft of track).
Donna is offering some of my dwarf purple irises
and some Autumn Joy Sedum. Bring some containers to the
September meeting. She is also looking for Black Eyed Susans if
anyone has any they would like to share.
|| Linda Alessi
|| Lou Ricciardi
|| Jim Fox
|| Mac McMullin
|| Linda Young
|| Terry Kruse
|| Ellyn McMullin
|| Pat Alessi
|| Jim Lincoln