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Potomac Chapter Membership Minutes 2022

Minutes of the 2022 Membership Meetings

Potomac Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc.

June 21, 2022

Cafeteria, County Executive Office Building, Montgomery County Council Office Building

The meeting was called to order by President Gordy Bjoraker about 8:15 p.m. Attendance was 15. Zoom participation during the program peaked at 15.

Members agreed that the Leature Hall at the County Office Building is the preferred venue for the next in-person meeting, scheduled for September.

Gordy and Treasurer Jay Creswell briefed members on the status of the fund-raising drive to support restoration of the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Aberdeen, MD.

George Hamlin's program about a winter journey on VIA Rail's Chaleur in Quebec was available to both in-person attendees and those participating via Zoom. George made his presention in person, using his laptop computer, which was connected to Zoom. A speakerphone/microphone allowed Zoom participants to hear what was said in the room.

May 17, 2022

Lecture Hall, Montgomery County Council Office Building

The meeting was called to order by Vice President John Sery shortly after 8 p.m. Attendance was 16.

Members approved an honorary lifetime membership for Rudy Volin for his contributions to the objectives of the Chapter. Rudy has been a membr of the NRHS for 75 years.

Members approved a motion to hold in-person membership meetings for the coming year. In-person meetings would be held June 2022, September 2022, December 2022, and March 2023. The intervening monthly meetings would be Zoom only. The in-person meetings would have a Zoom option. The plan would be re-evaluated in March 2023.

Jim Kleeman's program about the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad was available to both in-person attendees and those participating via Zoom. Jim had been scheduled to present in-person, but was unable to attend. Zoom participants peaked at 19. The Zoom session was projected on the screen of the Lecture Hall from a laptop computer. A newly purchased speakerphone/microphone allowed Zoom participants to hear what was said in the room.

April 19, 2022

The chapter met in-person for the first time in two years. The location was the auditorium of the Executive Office Building. The group had some difficulty gaining access to the building. Attendance was 22. No business was conducted during the meeting.

For the program, noted photographer and writer Jeremy Plant will showed images from 1967 to 2014 from Alexandria to Sand Patch and 17-Mile Grade. A major focus was former B&O and Western Maryland trackage, including the transitions to Chessie System and CSX. As an experiment, one member was able to watch the program via Zoom.

March 15, 2022

The chapter met using Zoom video conferencing software. Participation peaked at 22 Zoom logins. Secretary Bill Holdsworth called the meeting to order about 8:05 p.m.

Members approved 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.

Treasurer Jay Creswell reported on chapter finances. He said renewals were progressing well.

Bill Holdsworth announced that the chapter plans an in-person meeting April 19. There are no plans to enable people to connect via Zoom.

John Sery showed a program featuring 8mm films taken in the early 1960s by longtime chapter memberJerry Hott. The Potomac Chapter converted and edited some of Jerry's footage into digital files. The program included segments on the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, Ely Thomas Lumber Co., Fort Eustis Military Railroad, East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, and the Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad.

The meeting ended about 9:50 p.m.

February 15, 2022

The chapter met using Zoom video conferencing software. Participation peaked at 33 Zoom logins. Secretary Bill Holdsworth called the meeting to order about 8:05 p.m.

President Gordy Bjoraker reported that the chapter is planning a fund-raising drive for the Aberdeen, Maryland B&O station. There will be more information at the March membership meeting.

Treasurer Jay Creswell gave a brief report. He said renewals were progressing well.

Tony White described the 2022 NRHS/Trains Magazine photo contest. The theme is Still Soldiering On. For more information, see the website. The deadline is June 1, 2022.

Bill Holdsworth announced that the chapter plans to hold a Zoom meeting March 15 and an in-person meeting April 19.

Dale Woodland, Director of Museum Operations at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, PA, was the presenter. He chronicled his lifelong interest in the Road of Anthracite beginning with his trips to Philadelphia in 1946 to his involvement with railroads operating on former Reading trackage now.

The meeting ended about 10:00 p.m.

January 18, 2022

The chapter met using Zoom video conferencing software. Participation peaked at 30 Zoom logins. Secretary Bill Holdsworth called the meeting to order about 8:05 p.m.

President Gordy Bjoraker and Treasurer Jay Creswell gave brief reports.

The board of directors has decided to postpone the March 19 banquet until fall, because of COVID conditions.

Currently the chapter plans to hold the February 15 membership meeting via Zoom and the March 15 meeting in person at the Rockville Memorial Library. Plans for the March meeting could change.

The in-person holiday social planned for December 21 was cancelled because of COVID concerns.

Because of the issues with Zoom, Jeremy Platt was unable to show his planned program, Trackside in the Potomac Valley.

Doug Scott pinch hit at the last minute with a program featuring scenes from northwestern United States. A discussion followed the program.

The meeting ended about 10:00 p.m.