Superintendent’s Page - August 2017

I am pleased that our Division put together one of the best regional conventions in recent memory, and am happy to share with you some of the comments made by our NMRA President, Charlie Getz:

“...an excellent convention in Spokane, which truly is one of those places ‘you cannot get there from here.’ Well, you can but not easily. Still over 130 folks made the effort and it was a well-run, excellent Regional. Kudos to the local 5th Division … All in all, an excellent and informative convention with an ice cream social! How can that be bad?”

I want to shout out to our Convention Committee: Shirley Sample, treasurer; Bill Fassett, registrar; Bill Voogd, layout tour chair; Tim Bristow, clinic chair; Phil Everett and John DeSteese, co-contest chairs; and Mike Tietz, liaison with our Host Club, River City Modelers. Alan Ashton, PNR Education Chair, was instrumental in helping plan the clinics, and in bringing the Inland NW FreeMo group to the convention.

Thanks to the clubs: Inland Washington FreeMO and Mt. Rainier N-Scalers for the modular displays at the convention, and River City Modelers, Evergreen Model RR Club, Spokane N-Scalers, and INSHOME Model RR Club for opening their layouts to tours or operating sessions.

Thanks to over 2 dozen clinicians who shared their expertise with us!!

Finally, thanks to the many volunteers from throughout the Division for their tireless efforts to make the convention a success, and to the Division and Region members whose enthusiastic attendance made the whole effort worthwhile.

Finally, I wish to express my thanks for being allowed to serve as your Superintendent over the past 6 years, and have very much enjoyed meeting many of you as I’ve traveled around the Division for train shows and other events. I look forward to seeing you all in the future.

Gary Thurow, Superintendent

gathurow@cet.com

 

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