Volume 24, Number 09 September, 2021 

I hope you all are enjoying your summer, albeit a wet one, getting back to normal which hopefully means running trains!

As your new President, I want to update you on what’s going on with our Club and what we have planned for the near future.

Although we haven’t had a lot of Open Houses this summer, those folks who have opened their layouts to us did not disappoint. September will have several more open houses and that information is included in this newsletter. Hope you will stop by each layout as it takes a lot of work to prepare for an open house and it is always a nice compliment when they are well attended.

Our “in person Club meetings” are in full swing and I am delighted to see healthy attendance at both our July and August meetings. Our July meeting was our first in person meeting and was held at “The Great Escape” in Schiller Park. It was a set menu buffet. Our August meeting was at “Moretti’s” in Mt. Prospect where we were able to order from the menu with separate checks.

Looking at the locations of each restaurant, it was determined that for now, we will alternate our meetings. This would reduce driving time for those who live north when we meet at Moretti’s and closer for those who live south when we meet at The Great Escape.

Details of the next meeting can be found on Page 7.

In addition to meeting locations, we will be emphasizing “Garden Railroading” in future meeting presentations. Lorrie Rockey is our new Chairperson for Presentations. Please see her article on Page 9 in this newsletter about what she has planned.

Another point of interest is that you will not be receiving membership badges for 2021. Kris Scotella our new VP of Membership is still getting organized. Membership cards will be issued for 2022.

A big “THANK YOU” to Ray & Karen Holich for their presentation on the Garden Railway Convention in Nashville.

Keep the Flowers Growing and the Trains Going!