The President's Corner by Dave Snow, Spring 2018
I know that, in the past when you received your BTO, the first thing
that you did was go to the back of the magazine to read ĎDaveís Cornerí!!
Well, at least, I hope you did. Iím hoping that I had enough fans to make
it worth it. I went back through my old BTOs to see when I started writing
that column. The earliest that I was able to find was in September 1999.
Thatís almost 19 years of articles. Iím surprised that I had that much
material to write about! Now that Iím in this new position, Iíve been
moved from the back of the magazine to the front. As you can see from the
title, ĎDaveís Cornerí is now Ď The Presidentís Cornerí.
Going forward, my focus is now with the health and integrity of the
club and its members. I would like to think of the club as a passenger
train traveling down the line. This train departed from the station in
Pennsylvania back in 1978, with only 10 passengers. Over the years, the
train proceeded down the tracks, stopping to pick up passengers. Cars were
constantly being added to the train, as more passengers came on board. The
train, at its peak, had enough cars to hold more than 2600 passengers!
That was around 1992. Since that time, with a number of circumstances
coming into play, while continuing to pick up passengers, many passengers
decided to get off . Today, the train continues on its journey carrying
364 passengers, continually stopping to pick up new passenger and/or
dropping off others.
This year will mark a milestone for the BTOC train. Itís been 40 years
since that train left the station. That train will be stopping in
Bird-in-Hand, PA, on June 18th to commemorate that milestone. The engineer
of that train, is hoping to drop off as many passengers as he can.
For our members, who attended the 2008 and 2009 conventions, that were
held at Bird-in-Hand Family Inn, where this yearís convention will be
held, know the fun we had. This yearís convention, in my estimation, will
top both of those years combined. The major manufacturers, Hartland
Locomotive Works, USA Trains and PIKO, have gone out of their way to
provide us with merchandise for awards and raffles. Their continued
support for our club has been extraordinary!
Several months ago I put out a challenge. The challenge was to get as many
members as I could, to register for the convention. In just the state of
Pennsylvania, we have 45 members. In the state of New York, we have 52
members. Thatís a total of 97 and, if you include spouses, that would be
194 attendees! Just in two states. Can you imagine what it would be like
if all the members, in the other surrounding states registered? We would
definitely have to set up more chairs!!! So, are you in?
One of the big challenges that we are undertaking is to set up enough
track to completely surround the fish pond that is located in the back of
the Inn. In my last Daveís Corner, I had photos of the fish pond and the
walking path around it. It was measured at, approximately, 1185 feet. The
challenge, placed on our members, was to bring enough track, to surround
the pond. Several members contacted to say that they would bring,
combined, about 200 feet. The club made a purchase, last year, of track
that would come close to meeting the total feet. However, we would welcome
any and all attendees to bring whatever they could, in the way of track.
One of the limitations, if we are successful in setting this up, is that
the engines must run on battery power. In closing, I want to extend an
invitation to all of our attendees to hunt me down and introduce
themselves. Being the membership chairman, for the past 12 years, Iíve
known our members only by their names. On occasion, I would receive notes
with their membership renewal, or through e-mail. I would like to put a
face to a name. Even though I may look busy, stop me. I would like to meet
Always remember, that this is YOUR club. I and the other board members
are just custodians of the club. We are here to work for you. Without you,
there would be no club. Until the next BTO, keep ĎHaviní Fun, Runniní
There is a video that was made at Bird-in-Hand which shows the
characteristics of the sidewalk around the pond.
Click here to view the Youtube video