Volume 23, Number 02 February, 2020 

Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.

Paulo Coelho – Portuguese novelist

Once again, we are off to a new annual beginning with hardly any chance to regroup from the past.

And so the new year begins as we have places to go and people to see! I am looking forward to this next round as we prepare for a new year of activities with trains and layouts and club activities. Our first club meeting was a rousing success with presentations of your own design. They were both informative and entertaining. Who knew that LBG made so many train cars dedicated to Coke?

Thanks for your tales of current activities and examples of recent projects.

Thinking about presentations, John Rockey is scheduled to be our presenter on February 23 discussing 3-D printing. If you are considering being a presenter March 22 on a favorite topic, contact Madison Parker.

The next meeting, April 18, is the annual potluck dinner/meeting. Contact Mary Fiorito if you are interested in assisting.

It is also the meeting when we elect President and Secretary.

This annual election is fast approaching. This year we will be electing a President and a Secretary. If you would like to run for either office, please contact Brian Valleau to have your name placed on the ballot. Duties of the President include running the monthly meetings, writing an article or having someone write a lead article in the monthly newsletter, make reservations for the meeting place and plans for the food, if necessary, for each meeting. In addition, the President presides over the executive board meetings and approves the meeting programs and agenda.

The Secretary takes minutes of each meeting and board meetings and publishes them in the monthly newsletters. The Secretary also keeps a record of all meeting minutes, bylaws and constitution of the club. Currently, the Secretary also collects money at each meeting for food and keeps a record of who attends meetings.

. . . and spring follows right behind as forecast.

Keep ‘em running.

Madison Parker
Tel: 630-542-9062 (mobile)



----- I hope you are looking forward to the monthly CAGRS meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, at 5:30 PM. Some members have already sent in their responses! Join them and plan to attend the dinner and meeting at the Holiday Inn in Itasca. Please RSVP to Madison Parker at no later than Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Make your reservation NOW while you are thinking about it.

The fee is $21 cash or check per person.

Our presenter is John Rockey with information about 3-D printing. Be there!



Ray Holich has six large boxes of books to give away at CAGRS meetings.

Train & Circus Books.
Free to a Good Home.

Please limit one book per family per meeting. Each meeting Ray is at, he will bring 20 to 25 books.

Please let others have access to these books, so please observe the limit of one book per family per meeting.

These are from the estate of Ray Kotz and donated by Dr. Jackie Vernot.

Contact: Ray Holich -