Wishing all members and friends of the WAMRC a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!
The new public layout roster volunteering form is now on the whiteboard at the club. Please make sure you drop in to the club before mid-January and put your name down for your preferred dates. I’ve also added a second sheet where you can specify specific dates (or ranges of dates) where you know you will not be available.
Sadly, long time WAMRC member Ian Rourke passed away just before Christmas last year after a long battle with illness. Fellow WAMRC member Norm Chapple presented a moving eulogy at his funeral, and with the permission of Ian’s family and Norm we have been allowed to reproduce it on Ian’s memorial page.
The club will hold a Silent Auction on the night of the General and Annual General Meetings (17th July).
The items for sale are club stock which are no longer required for club running nights.
For sale will be various American outline locomotives and rolling stock.
A reserve price of $10 for powered items (i.e. locos – whether running or not) and $5 for non powered item (i.e. wagons, passenger cars or anything else) applies.
Come one, come all – and bring cash!
The AGM was held a couple of weeks ago and there is little to report – apart from the fact that George Sumner was unanimously voted to life membership of the club in recognition of his 27 years of uninterrupted dedication and service to the club.
Unfortunately George was unable to make it to the AGM as he wasn’t too well, so we had to wait a couple of weeks to surprise him. The photo above shows President Tony Gray (right) presenting George with a certificate. A life membership section staff is also being prepared and will be given to George once it is ready.
Image: George Sumner (left) holding his Life Membership certificate
The Secretary (Ross) will be away with work on the 16th March, so rather than press-ganging someone else into taking the minutes, the committee intends to delay the next regular general meeting by a week to Wednesday 23rd March (still at 8pm in the clubrooms). Formal notice of the meeting will go out this coming Wednesday (2nd March) as normal.
We received a nice note from our travelling President a few days ago. Sounds like his trip is going well:
Hi, Yes we are still alive! Mind you we just about got fried alive going across the Nullarbor; 43°C for about 5 days in a row. Philip island was nice and cool. In Portland, Victoria at the moment with some bad weather on its way tonight; 30 to 40mm rain forecast. At this stage we will be home on the 7th March, a week before my rostered day on. Say hi to the other members for me.
Thanks Mark & Beryl
Half their luck – after 14 nights of minimums greater than 20°C, I could do with a bit of ‘bad weather’ about now…
Finally, the N-Scale boys finally got cracking last Wednesday night and knocked up four wooden frames in a little over an hour (see picture above) – each one measuring 2.4 x 1 metre. And that was in spite of all the *ahem* ‘helpful advice and encouragement’ *cough* from the rest of the assembled
peanut gallery club members. 🙂
The WAMRC club rooms has a new mobile phone number: 0451 186 010
This phone is in the club rooms and switched on all the time – but there is no answering machine or voice mail. It will only be answered if there is someone at the club (which is normally only on Wednesdays and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays).
For other ways to get in contact with the club, see the contact page.
A new membership list is now available in the members’ area (restricted access to members only). There are quite a few updates on this latest version (including Rowan’s mobile, Cliff’s address & mobile, Paul’s address & mobile, Chris’s mobile, Gary’s mobile and Brian’s mobile) so I encourage you to update your records accordingly. I’ll also print out a bunch of hard copies to leave in the club rooms.
As we are coming up towards the AGM in July, I’ll also be sending out copies of the current membership register in conjunction with the usual call for nominations at the beginning of May.
Happy New Year everyone!
A reminder that the first meeting of the year is on Wednesday 20th January, 8pm in the club rooms. Minutes from the November meeting are now available on the members page. Also on the members page is an updated membership register and new public layout roster (Feb – Jul 2010).
See you at the club next week!
Image: BHP Locos queuing up to enter Port Headland, 15th May 2009
The November general meeting will be held in two weeks time: Wed. 18th November, 8pm in the clubrooms. Minutes from the September general meeting are now available on the members’ page.
Also, the club Christmas party will be held on Saturday 5th December. A running afternoon is planned (from about 2pm) followed by the usual BBQ from 5pm (BYO meat and drinks, everything else supplied). Friends and family are welcome too!
Image: Ex-WWII Valentine tank converted into a bulldozer in the 1950’s for use at the Ragged Hills Lead Mine (300km east of Port Hedland), preserved in the Don Rhodes Mining and Transport Museum, Port Hedland, May 2009
The next General Meeting will be held at the club on Wednesday 19th November 2008 at 8pm. Please see the Notice of General Meeting (19/11/08) for more details. The minutes from the last General Meeting are now available on the members page.
Image: An example of the new T-Gauge models (1:450 scale) now coming out of Japan
The minutes for the May General Meeting are now available on the Members’ Area (send me an e-mail if you have forgotten the user-name/password to get access). Don’t forget – the next General Meeting is on Wednesday 17th September (i.e. in two days).
Also now available is the updated Members’ Handbook (no password required).
Image: WAMRC member Cliff Dacey pilotting an AN loco at Forrestfield, January 2003 – Tony Parker