From the Desk of the Superintendent

Robert “Bob” Johnson, Superintendent (2022-24)

First – a big “Thank You” to Dave Thalman for hosting the Division in January. His Pennsy “mainline” layout does a great job of capturing the flavor of the middle division.

Now, at the risk of being accused of beating a dead horse, I am still looking for volunteers to fill positions in the division, host meetings (next year) and to present clinics at meetings. Unfortunately, the response to my call for volunteers last month has been met with a deadly silence. I think that most of you will agree that our monthly meetings are very enjoyable and provide us with the opportunity to learn more about our hobby. However, without your support, there may not be any meetings in the future. In addition to meeting hosts (2024 / 2025 program year) we still need volunteers to run for the officer positions.

  • Superintendent (president)
  • Clerk (secretary)
  • Paymaster (treasurer)

These are the only elected positions in the Division. There are numerous other unofficial positions (see listing at end of Wheel Report) who voluntarily serve at the pleasure of the Superintendent. (they are pleased to have someone volunteer). Not listed is the position of Assistant Superintendent – I would like to re-establish this position as both a back-up for the Superintendent and to serve as a membership coordinator.
If you would like to run for an elected position or be considered for one of the volunteer positions, please let me know before the February meeting. Remember, this is your Division and your help is needed to make it function.

Okay. Enough of that!

I would like to observe that I am continually amazed at all the different ways layouts can be designed to achieve the builder’s dreams. I think that is one of the things that makes model railroading so interesting. There is no one “right” way to do things.

Author: smdnmra

South Mountain Division, Mid-Eastern Region, National Model Railroad Association