Submitted by Harvey Heyser, Clerk
South Mountain Division Mid-Eastern Region – National Model Railroad Association
Draft Meeting Minutes – November 10, 2019
Division members met at Dave Thalman’s home near Winchester, VA. 8 were present. After viewing the host’s layout and socializing, Superintendent Alex Polimeni called the business meeting to order.
19.11-1 Paymaster’s Report: Paymaster Ray Price reported that the Division has $4115.08 in its bank account, the same as in October. The Paymaster expects up-coming expenses for the Wheel Report and for Mini-Con 2020 preparations: raffle and concessions.
19.11-2 Clerk’s Report (Meeting Minutes): The Clerk summarized the draft minutes for the October meeting. Because there was confusion about the minute related to the web site, the Clerk requested that approval of the minutes be delayed. Those present agreed.
18.10-5 Web Site: Tom Fedor is now the Webmaster.
19.9-7 2020 Mini-Con will be April 18, 2020: There was minimal discussion in Chair Pete Clarke’s absence.
b. Food: Members brought up the need to have bottled water for attendees.
19.9-9 Bob Law’s Open House was very successful.
19.11-3 Host Dave Thalman welcomed everyone to his HO layout. Tracks around the two 4 track helixes were operating smoothly.
19.11-4 Future Meeting for January 2020: The Frederick Airport was suggested as a possible location for the meeting with, perhaps, a visit to the Frederick Society layout close-by. Arrangements for using the Airport facilities can be made at the last minute. There will be a charge for drinks.
19.11-5 Visitor: Bob Hiller, N scaler and high-rail collector, introduced himself to the SMD, and members provided information about the NMRA.
19.11-6 Winchester MRRC: Andy Arnold reported the Club has demolished and removed its layout but is finding that alternative locations are very costly.
19.11-7 SMD member Bob Morningstar has been elected MER Director.
Adjournment: The Chair accepted a motion to adjourn. The next meeting will be held at Bob Morningstar’s home near Greencastle, PA on December 8,2019. Assistant Superintendent Jerry Skeim will preside in the Superintendent’s absence.
Minutes submitted by Clerk Harvey Heyser
Following the meeting, host Dave Thalman presented a clinic about weathering with washes, Pan Pastels, and acrylics. He stressed doing weathering in the same light as on the layout.