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Amherst Railway Society
May 20th, 2008
Meeting Announcement


The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.

The May 20th meeting of the ARS *IS* in the Amherst Regional Middle School *Cafeteria*... *NOT* the Auditorium... The Middle School Band will be in the Auditorium starting at about 7:30 PM...

Audio/Visual Equipment setup is generally on the North end of the room... Chairs set up in a arc around the north east corner of the room... Coffee, etc. towards the South end of the room...

Entry through the Main doors then either way around to the cafeteria...

We should use the parking lot on the SOUTH end of the ARMS instead of the lot in front of the auditorium... The South end door should be open, if not ask the custodian to unlock it for us...

“Southern New England Depots and Freight Houses” by John H. Roy, Jr.

    John H. Roy, Jr., an Electrical Engineer who earned his BSEE in 1988 from the University of Connecticut, has been a life long resident of Connecticut. His interest in railroading began as a model railroader in his formative years and has continued to grow and evolve ever since. He began photographing trains and stations in the mid 1980s and began cataloging depots and freight houses a few years later. He has regularly contributed news, photographs and articles to railroad hobby magazines such as Trains, Railfan & Railroad, and Railpace Newsmagazine. For the last 19 years he has worked at Electric Boat, where he helps design the best submarines in the world. Today he lives with his wife and two children in Stonington, CT.

    Mr. Roy’s book, A Field Guide to Southern New England Depots and Freight Houses , was favorably reviewed in the December 2007 issue of Trains magazine. His presentation, like the book, goes way beyond photographs of stations. Mr. Roy discusses the historical perspective of depots, their distinctive styles, the railroads that built them, and the famous architects who designed them. This may just be the one presentation your non-railfan friends and spouses would enjoy. Mr. Roy will have books available for purchase and is willing to sign them.


A Nominating Committee has been selected. Members are Bill Venman, Dick Joyce and Sy Berger. They are responsible for securing a slate of officers to be voted on at the June business meeting.

Also at the June 17 meeting, we will be voting to accept the by-law changes proposed by the Board of Directors. Please read the proposed changes at the bottom of this meeting notice.

For now, dues remain at $15/ year, $40/ 3 years, and $60/ 5 years. We are coming to the end of the year. Please look at the date on your mailing label. 2008 is an expiring membership. Send dues to Janet Moore, PO Box 341, Warren, MA 01083.

Amherst Railway Society, Inc.

Proposed Amendments of the Bylaws to be considered by the membership on June 17, 2008.

The purpose of these amendments is to include the President of the Society as an ex officio member of all committees.

The Show Committee membership section currently reads:

ARTICLE 10.2 – Show Committee

10.2.1.1 The committee shall be made up of 5 general members who shall serve overlapping terms of 3 years, the 3 at-large members of the Board of Directors of the Society, the Treasurer of the Society, and the Show Director ex officio without a vote.

The amendment will change section 10.2.1.1 to read (changes in BOLD ):

10.2.1.1 The committee shall be made up of 4 general members who shall serve overlapping terms of 3 years, the 3 at-large members of the Board of Directors of the Society, the President of the Society,

the Treasurer of the Society, and the Show Director ex officio without a vote.

The Trip Committee membership section currently reads:

ARTICLE 10.3 – Trip Committee

10.3.6. The committee shall be made up of 5 members of the Society appointed by the Board of Directors. Committee members shall serve terms of 3 years and may succeed themselves.

The amendment will change section 10.3.6 to read (changes in BOLD ):

10.3.6. The committee shall be made up of 4 members of the Society appointed by the Board of Directors. Committee members shall serve terms of 3 years and may succeed themselves. The President of the Society serves ex officio.

To cover any ad hoc committees add a new section:

10.1.3 The President shall be an ex officio voting member of all committees

The Board of Directors unanimously approved these amendments to the Bylaws on March 12, 2008.
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