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January, 2018 .... Issue 1
Anita Brown, Donna & Larry Grady, Bob & Patti Moffit, Ed Ramming & Al Schmidt


Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis hosted our January meeting. We do appreciate their hospitality. It is always a pleasure to visit and experience their layouts, especially the layout under their tree.

The roast beef and roast turkey sandwiches were delicious as were the sides and the desserts.


Attending: Tom Ayers, Alice Irizarry, John Craven, Ed Ramming, Joan Bishop, Bill Keller, Joe Profetto, Joe's Cousin, Nick, Donna and Larry Grady, Lou Riciardi, Ned Young, Al and Bobbie Schmidt, Brian Steager and Nigel and John Seltner.


Ed Ramming. Pres. called the meeting to order at 2:30 P.M. with a flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Ed Ramming thanked Dr Mike and Pat for their work on this luncheon.

Treasurer: Donna
Reported all bills are paid. Also, she reported that a $75 Memorial Donation was sent to Veterans Helping Veterans in Bud Oncay's name.


Sunshine: Patty Reported there were no birthdays in December. She also passed on the thanks to everyone who worked on the Thomas Layout at Ocean City. (Alice Irizarry, Becky Lincoln, Marilyn Fox, Monica Weaber, Donna Grady, Bobbie Schmidt, Lou Ricciardi, Jack Proud, John Craven, Jim Lincoln and Al Schmidt)

Communications: Al reported that we are rebuilding our new member packet and will send them our within the next two weeks to recent new members. It will have a welcome letter, badge(s), information on accessing our web site and the member directory and some general information on trains.

Al has updated our new member registration sheet to contain a few lines about the new member. This would be a little information about their layout and / or interests.

Al also wants to add the above information to our web site that tells a little about each of our layouts so that members and visitors can see what each family's train layout contains. Some will be more than G Scale. To do this each of us needs to send Al a short description of their layout(s). Al will have a form at out next meeting.


Nemours Children's Hospital

Joe Profetto reported on Nemours Project:

Ed has contacted PIKO and they told him they only work through Dealers/Distributors. So, Ed contacted Jim Shourt and asked that Jim be our dealer for this contribution. Jim Agreed. PIKO also told Ed that they donate at a low cost, but not no cost. We will have to see how this works out. It was noted that we have allocated $250 so far for this project.

Jim Lincoln has plywood from layout from Frank Sheridan's Layout. The track from Jim and Marilyn's layout is available for this project.

Joe continues to negotiate with the possible builders of the base. Tom Ayers offered to help identify what materials we can use from Frank's layout for this project.

The completed project will be a donation to Nemours. We would be 'on call' for maintenance, etc.
Joe will remove the temporary layout he installed for the holidays


Contact Joe if you can help with the permanent layout.

Green Planet Show: Brian has set the date for April 21st & 22nd with setup on the 20th. We will be in the green house as before.

Newsletter Editor: Alice Irizarry has agreed to help with this. She will meet with Al in February to work out the details.

Annual Luncheon: Donna reported that we will be back at Fred & Ethel's in Smithville. The date is confirmed for April 7th at 1 PM. The meal is Caesar Salad with a choice of Flatiron Steak, Chicken Cordon Bleu or Salmon. The cost for members is $12 per person. The club will pick up the rest. BY MARCH 15th, PLEASE SEND your lunch choices and checks, made out to SJGRS, to Donna Grady, 61 MONROE DRIVE, LAUREL SPRINGS, NJ 08021.


June Open House: We discussed and agreed to set this year's open house date for Saturday, June 9th. Please let Al know if you will be participating. Let him know by the end of March, so we have time to advertise.

Brian Steager has offered to build and distribute a sheet advertising our club and when we are having events and meeting. The sheet would direct people to our web site and invite them to come out and meet us at our events.

Club Clothing:
Anyone interested in buying hats or shirts, contact Donna. She will look into current prices.

More Activities:
It was suggested that we get dates for South East PA Garden Railway Society (SEPGRS) events so that our members are aware of them and can plan to attend. Al will follow-up with members of our club that are also SEPGRS members.

Meeting adjourned 3:30 PM.

March, 11th , 2018 @ 1:00
Donna & Larry Grady's
61 Monroe Drive
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021
If you are attending and
plan to bring a dish to share
Please contact Donna or Larry

Donna: 856-745-5438 / Larry: 856-745-5439


April 7, 2018 1 PM
Fred & Ethel's,
Smithville, NJ
See Food Choices/Cost under Annual Luncheon

News You Need to Know

Prayers for: Becky & Jim Lincoln and Aiden and Tom & Anita Brown.

Jim and Marilyn Fox will have a new address:

5205A Kippen Place
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Recent New Members:

James & Kathryn Holt
H: 609-472-3437
119 Cedarcroft Avenue
Audubon, NJ 08106

Jeff Pennell
H: 609-893-5253
205 Locust Trail.
Browns Mills, NJ 08015

John and June Seltner
John: 570-751-3459
880 Clover Drive
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Monica Weaber
H: 856-767-4094
60 Smokey Run
Berlin, NJ 08009

Looking for Track
New Member, James Holt, is looking for track. Have some track that is available? Contact James.

50/50 - Joan Bishop was the Winner of $26.0


1st James Holt
13th Mike Hannigan


1st Tom Ayers
10th Donna Grady
14th Emerson Young
25th Darlene Profetto


January 7th Open House @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
January 14th Club Meeting @ Dr. Mike & Pat Lurakis Please do not arrive before 1PM
February NO Club Meeting
March 11th Club Meeting @ Grady's
March 30th & 31st East Coast Large Scale Train Show - York PA
April 7th Annual Lunch & Meeting - 1 PM @ Fred & Ethel's Smithville
April 21 & 22 Train Show - Green Planet Nursery (Setup on 20th)
May 20th Club Meeting - Ed Ramming & Joan Bishop
June 9th SJGRS Open House Day (10 - 3)
June 24th Club Meeting - Alice irizarry/John Craven
July NO Club Meeting
August Club Meeting - Brian and Clair Steager
September Club Meeting - Open
October 14th Club Meeting - Jim & Becky Lincoln
November 10th Club Meeting - Nominations, Bobbie & Al Schmidt
November 30th Setup for Ocean City Train Show (starting at noon, decorations @ 2 PM)
December 1st & 2nd Ocean City Train Show - 6th & Boardwalk Civic Ctr (Take Down @ 3:30PM on the Final Day)
December Holiday Train Shows

*Dates are subject to change
Please Check for Updates

If you would like to have a meeting in 2018 contact Anita Brown or Al Schmidt. Dates can be changed but we need to set up our schedule in order to plan for shows etc. Contact: or 609-646-1102 OR or 856-672-0172

Check out the web page for calendar information, latest photos and updated directory. Thanks to our Webmaster Al Schmidt for keeping this site updated.

**Names listed with show dates are contact people in addition to the Show Coordinator, if you would like to participate.

If you know someone who would like to advertise in our newsletter, have them send their business card(with a check for $25 which will cover their ad for one year) to:

Anita Brown
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201

We now have a business card that we hand out to people who inquire about our club. Please pick some up, if you can and hand them out to anyone who you think may be interested.


South Jersey
Railroad Society
1103 Seaside Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201


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