Volume 24, Number 08 August, 2021 

Introducing Our New President, Gayle Althardt

It is a pleasure and privilege to serve as your Interim President and I also look forward to working with the CAGRS Board.

I would like to thank Joe Genc for his time and efforts as he served as our Club president during what was by far the most difficult time to preside over CAGRS.

As many of you know, Ron and I have been members of the Club since 1999. Since that time, we have been heavily involved in CAGRS and all events surrounding the hobby.

Over the years Ron served several terms as Club President which enabled me the opportunity to meet and cultivate many warm and dear friendships with many of the members.

As our years in the Club went on, I was happy and excited to be a part of planning committees for many of our events including our annual themed banquets that included a 50’s Sock Hop, Luau, Hoe Down, Roaring 20’s Speak Easy, and a Murder Mystery, just to mention a few.

In 2001, I volunteered and was the Registrar for our 2005 NGRC (National Garden Railway Convention) held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The convention was a lot of work, but successful.

In 2005, I had another opportunity (or lapse in sanity) and volunteered to Chair the 2012 NGRC which would once again be held at Pheasant Run Resort. This was an amazing endeavor as all of our 3 local clubs came together to make the Convention a huge success. Our Convention Core Committee was approximately 25 club members who committed to meet regularly for four (4) years in what would be another success story thanks to the dedication and tireless effort of so many club members.

The past year has been a difficult one for all of us and as we look forward, I would like to focus on getting back to normal or perhaps our “new normal” depending on the direction we are mandated by. The primary areas I would like to focus on in the short term are:
*RECONNECTION - Reconnect with members

*RE-ENGAGMENT - Re-engage by attending meetings / Club events and getting involved

*RESPECT - Respect everyone’s opinion and view’s

I am delighted to be able to have our “in person” meetings again. We are continuing to search for places to meet for our monthly meetings. We also hope to provide presenters that will be interesting and entertaining.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our meetings and open houses.

Gayle Althardt