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From the Superintendentís Desk

By Fred Coleman , Division 15, Superintendent

Messy Desk Here we are - the month of the Smokey Mountain Rails Convention and most everything is falling into place. I should have a copy of the Convention Timetable at the meeting to familiarize everyone with exactly what is going on and when it will happen. Also, the volunteer shirts will be in, and a few other things for the convention will be discussed. If any of you ideas for getting the word out to promote the train show please bring it up at the meeting. We want to staff registration, show admission, concessions, Company Store and the contest room. Plenty of work for all hands. We need your help to make is a success.

Speaking of the Convention, letís all do our best to make our guests feel welcome. Please be there, participate, and go out of your way to help our visitors find their way around town and the convention. We have a reputation here in the mountains for good hospitality: letís live up to that reputation.

For your convenience we are enclosing registration forms for the Convention and the Company Store. I hope you are already registered, but if not, here is one more opportunity. We should all be there.

For those that did not attend the Hickory Show you missed a good show. We had great help loading and setting up and the layout showed really well. I am taking this opportunity to thank all of those that were there at the barn, at the show, and back at the barn again for a really great job with everyone helping making it easier on all involved. THANKS !

Joe Norris is going to have the program at our meeting on May 1st; it will be of interest to all. As mentioned, we will talk about the convention, and we will discuss taking the modules to the Charlotte Show, June 27 and 28. Please check your calendars and let me know if you will be available for that outing. This is an important meeting Ė please make every effort to be present.

Keep on track.

Fred Semaphore Signal

The Company Store will be open in May

Submitted by Gordon Fewster

The Company Store will be open 12 to 7 Friday and 9 to 5 Saturday at the Train Show at the Lake Junaluska SER NMRA Regional Convention. This is a good opportunity for club members to sell surplus equipment. This is a win-win situation. You clean house and the club gets a 10% commission.

Please bring your equipment to the Company Store tables with a completed inventory form (copies should be available at the meeting and one is included in this newsletter). Please either note minimum acceptable prices on the form or give us some guidelines on the back of the form to negotiate prices for you. We frequently get offers, and if you do not say otherwise, we must assume that your prices are firm.

All items must have a price tag, and it would be very helpful if the tag has your initials and a number corresponding to your inventory list. Also, please pick up your unsold items at the end of the show.

If you have an hour or two free during the show, stop by to visit and give the store crew a break.

Schedule for Operating Sessions in April and May

The LOST railroad will have an operating session on Saturday April 27, from 2 to 4 pm. and on Saturday May 10, from 2 to 4 pm. For those who are attending the convention, there will be an operating session on Thursday night at the Train Show site from 7pm until around 10pm.† If you wish to participate, sign up on the club website in the convention section.