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The President's Corner by Dave Snow, Summer 2018
Iím writing this column in mid-March. Itís currently 38 degrees
outside, there are still patches of snow around my yard and the ground is
hard as a rock! By the time that you are reading this, the weather should
have gotten a lot better, the flower beds are blooming, the vegetable
gardens have been planted and our garden railways have come to life. Itís
a special time of year for those of us who live here in New England, after
being cooped up in the house for the past 3 or 4 months. Iím fortunate to
also have an indoor layout, to keep me busy over the long winter months.
What is also coming to life are the preparations for the 40th Anniversary
Convention in Bird In Hand, PA in June. Looking over the recent list of
registrants, I see names of those who have attended our conventions on a
regular basis and some who havenít been to a convention in a while. Some
of you live right around the corner and some have traveled great distances
to attend. Iím very pleased to see new names on the list. Some of you are
so new that the ink hasnít dried on your membership cards. Iím very
pleased and truly hope that you have a great time and plan on attending
future conventions. Make sure you look for me and say hello. I always like
to put a face to a name!
Our Convention Coordinator, Marshall Adams, has been steadily working,
practically 24/7 and overseeing the various components that when brought
together will make for a fantastic convention. All of us on the convention
committee have been given our instructions and duty assignments.
Because of the time consuming work needed to put on a convention is in
Marshallís capable hands, it allows me to devote more time and effort with
maintaining and working to improve the health and well being of our club.
Our membership numbers have remained stable, between 350 to 400 members,
for the past 5 years, which is a good thing. However, should we be
comfortable with the status quo and continue as we have been? My answer to
that is NO! In any organization, there is always room for improvement.
Several months ago I sent a request to the board members titled
ĎMembership Boosting Plansí and asked for their input as to how we could
improve ways to boost our membership numbers. Iíve received a number of
ideas, which we will look into and implement.
In addition to gathering ideas from the board, Iíve started to reach out
to YOU our loyal members by including a personal letter from me when your
membership renewal card is mailed to you. I didnít want to send out a
Ďsurveyí, where you just check o a box to answer a question. I want it to
be your own personal thoughts, good or bad, that the board can use to
improve our club and ultimately, boost our membership. I have received a
number of well thought of responses from you and I hope that it continues.
Rather than wait for your letter, at the time of your renewal, I encourage
you to send me an email or write me a letter. I will answer every one of
Always remember, this is YOUR club! ose of us on the board are just the
custodians. I would like to see this club continue and celebrate 50 years
of Haviní Fun, Runniní Trains!