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Potomac Chapter 2018 Board Minutes

Minutes of 2018 Directors' Meetings

Potomac Chapter National Railway Historical Society, Inc.

May 8, 2018

Silver Spring B&O Station
Present:  

John Sery, Vice President
Bill Holdsworth, Secretary
Jay Creswell, Treasurer
Rick Davidson, National Representative

Stephen Sery, Director at Large
Bob Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large
Gordon Piscacek, Director at Large
Carl Franz, Director at Large
Absent: Gordy Bjoraker, President   

Vice President John Sery called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.

Bill distributed minutes of the February meeting and subsequent activity. Directors passed a motion to approve the minutes as distributed.

Jay Creswell distributed the treasurer’s report.

June's membership meeting will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room of the Rockville library. On May 15 Jay will be able to make meeting room reservations for the second half of the year.

Directors agreed that the chapter banquet went well.

Directors passed a motion stating that the board will make the final decision on the banquet speaker. The program committee would make a recommendation to the board. The program committee should not make a commitment until the board approves.

The Baltimore Chapter picnic is scheduled for August 18. Directors approved a motion to hold a joint picnic with the Baltimore Chapter. Bill should send an email to Charlie Plantholt.  

John suggested a joint tour with the Baltimore Chapter. Sparrows Point still has a rail network in operation. John spoke to the owners about a tour of the facilities. Directors agreed supported the idea.

Rick Davidson reported that renewals are finished. Jay said some renewal notices were returned because of invalid addresses.

Rick said that he will be a counselor at RailCamp.

Directors approved a motion to donate $1,000 to the RailCamp scholarship fund.

John Sery and Bill reported on the status of the storage locker cleanup.

The meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m. No trains passed during the meeting.


Business conducted via email

On March 13 board members approved Jay Creswell's motion concerning a donation to the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum:

In keeping with the current policy (adopted in May, 2016) concerning disposition of the designated offerings for the Small Preservation Grants, I move that the Board approve sending $750.00 to the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum to help with the relocation and preservation of their 1917 St. Louis Car trolley.

Voting in favor: Jay Creswell, Gordon Piscacek, Gordy Bjoraker, Bill Holdsworth, Rick Davidson, Bob Dixon-Gumm, and Stephen Sery.

February 13, 2018

Silver Spring B&O Station
Present:  

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

Rick Davidson, National Representative
Stephen Sery, Director at Large
Bob Dixon-Gumm, Director at Large
Gordon Piscacek, Director at Large
Carl Franz, Director at Large
Absent:  

President Gordy Bjoraker called the meeting to order at 8:10 p.m.

Directors approved a motion to recommend that the membership re-authorize the small grants program with the following guidelines.

Bill Holdsworth will forward the motion to Clay Moritz for publication in the newsletter. The motion will be presented to the membership at the March meeting.

Gordy would like a list of past grantees.

Bill distributed minutes of the November meeting and subsequent activity.

Jay Creswell distributed the treasurer’s report. He has reserved the 2nd floor meeting room of the Rockville library for the April and June membership meetings .

Directors agreed that the holiday social went well.

Jay reported that paperwork has been signed and partial payments made for the chapter banquet. The reservation deadline is March 15. The required minimum is 45.

Rick Davidson reported that 10 people haven’t renewed. He and Jay will coordinate.

Rick reported that St. Louis will host the NRHS spring conference in June. The national convention will be held in Cumberland in August.

John Sery and Bill reported on the status of the storage locker cleanup.

The meeting adjourned at 8:59 p.m. One westbound train passed during the meeting.