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|Jeffrey Ricard, Editor||Volume 6, Number 8, August 1998|
The 1998 National Convention, Syracuse, New York - by Bill JeskeThis years National Convention in Syracuse was attended by 8 members of the Connecticut Eastern Chapter. These were Regional Vice President, William wood and his wife Grace, Mr. and Mrs. Art Schnabel, Dick Sobielo, Bert Turcotte, Howard Bidwell and Bill Jeske.
From the outset it was quite evident how much work the Central New York
Chapter had put into this event. All events were well planned and
My favorite trip was on the Adirondack Northern, form Utica to Thendara
N.Y. We left the hotel at about 7:30 am by bus to Utica. Leaving
On Friday we went on a RDC trip around Syracuse in the morning. At the hotel was a small train show, seminars, and in the afternoon the board of directors meeting and general membership meeting. The guest speaker at Friday nights banquet was Walter Rich, President of the NY, S&W.
On Saturday we were off to Binghamton in a long excursion pulled by
the ex-Valley Railroad Chinese steam engine and 3 E units. An unexpected
surprise was the ex-New Haven Railroad sleeper, Pine Tree State and an
If their was any downside to this years convention it was at the Board of Directors meeting, the 2000 convention was awarded to the Lancaster, PA chapter to be held in Pittsburgh PA. The Western Connecticut Chapter had hoped to host this convention and
a trip was planned to visit our museum during the convention. The vote was fairly close 39-30. It would have been a great opportunity for us to show the rest of the NRHS our accomplishments.
Our hats go off to the Central New York Chapter for a job well done!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERSPlease welcome the following new members to our chapter: Warren Riccitelli, Jr, William T. Bouchelle, Jr, and Dale Lehoux. They were
voted in to the chapter at the August business meeting. Glad to have you all aboard!
Congratulations to members Tom and Michelle Collins on the birth of their
son, Owen Thomas in July! Remember, its never to early to sign up
|SNET has donated another $48.42
to the chapter for participating in SNET
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS. Please consider helping the chapter and get your friends and neighbors to sign up. It costs nothing, but the chapter gets a check every quarter. Call Jeff Ricard for additional information.
Since many of our members have been on vacation and we have postponed the last two general membership meetings, I have included an excerpt of the August 2nd Business meeting minutes below.
President Joe Cerreto noted
that we are in the middle of the application process for the $400,000.00
from economic development. This
|Additional paperwork will have to be completed. Joe is looking
into getting us a lawyer to help administer this grant. Also Joe
is gathering information on officially adding the museum name to the chapter
A new floodlight has been installed at the site and is operational, this should help deter some of the thefts and break ins.
The installation of the freight house roof sheathing has been completed and the first course of shingles have been applied.
A new gas tank is currently being installed on the rail coach, lighting has been installed in the section house. The first yard switch now has a lock and planning for the 1999 train show has begun.
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