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                  Connecticut Eastern Railroad show March 22, 1998.  Members Art Hall pictured sitting on  
                  the left and Art Schnabel standing, speak with visitors about our railroad museum.
 
Jeffrey Ricard, Editor  Volume 6, Number 4, April 1998 

 Attendance For 1998 Railroad Show

Year 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994
Adults 650 1207 1488 1220 1330
Children 750 700 994 653 595
TOTAL 800 1907 2482 1873 1925
Please note:  1998 figures are estimates 
   The 1998 annual Railroad show was held on March 22 after members of the show committee dedicated the hours of work needed to complete this monstrous task.  Each year we seem to run across a new challenge while working on our biggest fundraiser.  Last year we had some competition from a new show that was being held in New York State, but we managed ok.  This year after a very mild winter, a nor'easter hit the morning of the show.  Several vendors were unable to make the trip to Williimantic, but those that did gave us numerous complements on how we run our show.  We had to make some last minute adjustments to "fill in" some of the table space that was unused to make the show appear to be full.  Show chairmen Bill Robinson, had his hands full that morning. 
   As you will see from the accompanying charts attendance was down which translates to our profits being down, some things only mother nature can control.  The show committee would like to thank all those that participated in setting up on Friday evening and during the show on Sunday.  Everyone did a great job! 
   In the end we did not make as much as we would have liked, but we did make a profit, and we were able to talk to lots of people interested in what the chapter and the museum was doing and planning.  Several new members were signed up and the vendors still made profits, although a bit lower than usual.  So, yes, again in 1998 we were successful!
Help Wanted !!  Electrician to wire the rail coach is needed.  Restoration of the coach has been progressing very well and we are at a 
point where the railcoach needs to have some electrical wiring done.  If you are interested in helping with this part of the project please 
contact one of the chapter officers. 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS 
Please welcome 4 new members to our chapter.  The eight members were 
voted into the chapter at the March meeting.   Rev. Tom Tomicki, Anthony 
Roman and Jean LaFrance, Carl Morbacher 

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum member Jerry Griffin, tries his hand at selling railroad itmes at the show. 

May 9th is Founders Day in Willimantic.  Members will be needed to staff the museum and a table throughout the day.  Details at the April Meeting. 

Also on May 9th the chapter is planning to take an inventory of all keys and chapter itmes you may have in your possession.  Please get this 
information to the museum site on the 9th. 

May 20th - Folk Singer Sally Rogers will be hosting a concert at the Windham Middle School, 7:00pm.  The concert theme is railroads.  We have been asked by Sally to put on a display in the lobby of the school.  Again members will be needed to help setup the display and support the chapter.

 
 
Revenue 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Tables Sold 3160 1980 3560 2685 1740 1470
Kitchen 0 20 0 1087 1007 1272
Admissions 2478 4828 4464 3677 3996 4069
Drawings 0 0 423 237 202 375
Tag Sale/Auction 45 301 96 157 59 462
Donations 31 350 0 17 70 35
Total 5714 7479 8543 7860 7074 7683
Expenses
Table Rental 1730 855 1297 1057 750 533
Building Use 900 853 900 50 50 50
Custodians * * * 550 331 304
Drawing 0 0 0 0 212 0
Signs 0 0 487 55 0 500
Kitchen 347 147 0 781 611 620
Advertising 505 357 1120 963 457 150
Security 75 50 50 100 0 0
Misc 32 0 270 0 0 0
Total 3589 2262 4124 3556 2411 2157
Net Profit 2125 5217 4419 4304 4663 5526
            * custodian included in building fee
            1997 admission prices changed to $4.00 for adults and $3.00 seniors
            Sales tables sold $219.34 during the show
            Note:  figures for 1998 are estimates. Invoices still pending.

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