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Potomac Chapter 2022 Board Minutes

Minutes of 2022 Directors' Meetings

Potomac Chapter National Railway Historical Society, Inc.

Business conducted via email

On May 17, directors passed a motion to recommend to the membership that we grant an honorary life membership to Rudy Volin, because of his contributions to the Potomac Chapter.

Voting in favor were Bill Holdsworth, Penny Dixon-Gumm, Jay Creswell, Rick Davidson, John Sery, and Stephen Sery.

The board received nomination emails from four chapter members, Alex Mayes, Teresa Renner, Clay Moritz, and Diane Moritz.

May 9, 2022

Zoom video conference with participation by:

Gordy Bjoraker, President 
John Sery, Vice President
Bill Holdsworth, Secretary

Jay Creswell, Treasurer
Stephen Sery, Director at Large
Rick Davidson, National Representative

Absent: Carl Franz, Director at Large; Bob Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large; Penny Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large

Gordy called the meeting to order about 8:10 p.m.

Bill distributed the minutes in advance of the meeting.

Jay distributed the treasurer's report. So far, we have collected $100 in donations for restoration of the B&O Aberdeen station. We should remind people at the membership meeting.

Directors discussed membership meetings:

Directors approved Alex Koehler as a new member. The group discussed anniversary pins.

Directors agreed to participate in the August 20 Baltimore Chapter picnic at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. Bill will notify Charlie Plantholt.

No news on the October 1 banquet.

The meeting adjuourned at 9:21 p.m.

February 15, 2022

Zoom video conference with participation by:

Gordy Bjoraker, President 
John Sery, Vice President
Bill Holdsworth, Secretary
Jay Creswell, Treasurer

Bob Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large
Penny Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large
Stephen Sery, Director at Large

Absent: Carl Franz, Director at Large; Rick Davidson, National Representative

Gordy called the meeting to order about 7:10 p.m.

Jay distributed the treasurer's report.

Directors voted to recommend that the membership approve a matching grant program for the restoration of the Aberdeen, Maryland B&O station. The chapter will match member contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. The deadline for member contributions will be July 1.

Directors agreed that the March membership meeting will be via Zoom. Jay will cancel the reservation at the Executive Office Building.

Directors agreed to hold the April meeting in person. John suggested we might want to switch to quarterly in-person meetings and keep the others on Zoom. Participation in Zoom meetings has been better than the historic in-person attendance. There was discussion of allowing Zoom participation in in-person meetings. But there is no apparemt solution to the problem.

Jay has reserved the EOB auditorium for May and the EOB cafeteria for June. The national NRHS convention conflicts with May meeting.

The banquet is scheduled for October 1. Kevin Keefe is scheduled to speak. Jay will work out the starting time with the hotel.

The meeting adjourned about 7:45 p.m.

January 18, 2022

Zoom video conference with participation by:

Gordy Bjoraker, President 
John Sery, Vice President
Bill Holdsworth, Secretary
Jay Creswell, Treasurer

Rick Davidson, National Representative
Bob Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large
Penny Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large
Stephen Sery, Director at Large

Absent: Carl Franz, Director at Large

Gordy called the meeting to order about 7:15 p.m.

Directors discussed the chapter banquet scheduled for March 19. They were concerned that the current COVID conditions make holding the banquet as scheduled unwise.

Directors approved a motion to postpone the March 19 banquet and authorize Jay to work out a new date this fall with the hotel and speaker Kevin Keefe.

Directors approved a motion to reschedule the February 8 board meeting for 7 p.m. February 15 via Zoom. Bill’s availability for February 8 is uncertain.

Directors discussed the restoration effort for the Aberdeen, Maryland B&O station.

The meeting adjourned about 7:45 p.m.