Minutes submitted by Clerk Harvey Heyser
Draft Meeting Minutes – April 11, 2021
Division members met remotely on the internet using the Zoom platform. 21 or so were present. Because of the untimely passing of Superintendent Jerry Skeim, Assistant Superintendent Alex Polimeni conducted the meeting. The Assistant Superintendent convened the meeting prior to the published start time for logging in. During the lead-up to the meeting, long-time member Steve Green recounted some of his adventures in trying to start up a 3-D printing business in 2014 and how changes in the printing media and the curing process ended his hopes of becoming a “tech millionaire.” The Assistant Superintendent called the business meeting to order shortly after the 2 pm start time.
21.4-1 Paymaster’s Report: Paymaster Ray Price reported that the Division has $3668.40 in its bank account. That amount reflects the Assistant Superintendent’s cashing of reimbursement for the holiday card (item #20.12-3). The Paymaster reported that the Division’s sole source of income presently is the $70 to $75 received yearly from the National and the MER.
21.4-2 Clerk’s Report (Meeting Minutes): The attendees dispensed with the reading/summary of the minutes (previously distributed by e-mail). Ron Polimeni made the following motion (second by Ray Price):
Motion: That the draft Minutes for the March 2021 meeting be approved as submitted. The motion passed unanimously.
20.10-3 Remote meetings: The sense of the discussion was that remote (Zoom) meetings will continue through May (including the end-of-the-year election).
20.10-7 Virtual Raffle: The Assistant Superintendent suggested postponing any action on the raffle until the fall of this year (2021) when new officers have taken office. There was general agreement with that suggestion.
21.4-3 Superintendent Jerry Skeim’s Passing: This extremely unhappy event was quite upsetting to all attendees, who expressed their grief at length during the meeting by recounting their experiences with Jerry. All that is known at this time is that he may have contracted Covid while visiting his wife in the hospital, and after seeming to be on the mend, he took a turn for the worse. The Assistant Superintendent has not been in touch with Jerry’s daughter Elizabeth, but some information has been provided by Bill Reynolds. Because of Jerry’s wife’s illness, the family is taking things slowly at this time, understandably. The Division will act as further information becomes available.
Jerry joined the NMRA in 1971. He was 74.
Webmaster/Editor Tom Fedor has volunteered to pick up SMD materials from the family. The SMD will publish a remembrance of Jerry in the MER Local. Division members expressed their willingness to aid the family with the liquidation of his model collection. Members should send cards to Jerry’s home address, which Webmaster Fedor will post on the SMD website.
In remembrance of Jerry and the many things he did for the Division, Alex Polimeni made the following motion (second by Garry Snook):
Motion: That the South Mountain Division make a $150.00 donation in Jerry’s memory to the charity designated by the Skeim family. The motion passed unanimously.
21.4-4 Running the Division: According to the By-Laws, the elected officers and the Advisory Committee meeting during a Planning Meeting on March 28, 2021 (minutes distributed by e-mail), requested that the Assistant Superintendent step in to run the division because the Superintendent is “unable to serve.” (Jerry had requested that Alex substitute for him at the March meeting.)
The members thanked Alex Polimeni for stepping back into the Superintendent’s responsibilities for the remainder of this meeting year (until the summer).
21.4-5 Nominations for the May Election: The Nominating Committee reported that they have put out a call for volunteers willing to run for SMD offices, have engaged with members directly encouraging them to run, and will have a slate of candidates for the election. In addition, any three (3) members can approach someone they would like to nominate and then, with that person’s permission, can pass the name to the Nominating Committee for inclusion on the ballot.
Ballot information will be published by e-mail. Proxy votes should be forwarded to the Nominating Committee, who will forward them to the Clerk for voting during the election.
21.4-6 Memorial to SMD Members Who Have Passed Away: Memories of those members were shared, and a suggestion was made that the Division pay dues for one or more new NMRA members as a memorial. It was decided to table this discussion for the fall (2021) when the new officers take over.
21.4-7 Achievement Program News: John Pursell has achieved his Master Builder Scenery award by remote judging. He is now working on electrical and structures.
21.4-8 May Clinic: Frank Benenatti will demonstrate making tree armatures using stranded copper wire. He requested that members have 3 ft. of stranded wire cut into (4) 9 in. pieces, so they can make their own armatures as they watch him do it.
21.4-9 Selling Collections: John Pursell reported that the Cumberland Model RR Club buys collections for resale.
Adjournment: The Assistant Superintendant accepted a motion to adjourn. The next meeting will be held remotely on May 16, 2021 (the third Sunday because of Mother’s Day) at 2 p.m. The election for officers will be held at that time. Members will be notified by e-mail.
Clinic: Following the meeting, Bob Geldmacher presented a clinic on 3-D printing. The PowerPoint for the clinic was distributed by e-mail attached to the 4-9-21 meeting announcement. The pdf shows examples of 3-D printed objects Bob has made (some quite unexpected), a summary history of the technology, and a list of sources of further information. Members are encouraged to review the pdf, which does a much better job of conveying the clinic than any short summary by this “technological caveman.”