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From the Treasurer
All donations to the Amherst Railway Society may be tax deductible. As Amherst Railway Society Inc. is a 501 C(3) tax exempt organization, your donations (of either cash and/or property) may be deducted on your Schedule A, Form 1040 of your Federal income tax. Consider the Amherst Railway Society in your estate planning. Your gifts can be restricted or non-restricted (you can pre-determine how you want your donation used). Upon request, and proper documentation of course, the Treasurer will issue you a letter to be used as justification for your tax deductions
From the Clerk
IIf your email, or mail envelope says 2011, your membership expired June 30, 2011. Please remember that ARS memberships expire at the end of June, the year of your membership expiration. A one year membership is good for one show pass. Student Membership is free but requires letting us know your current school, and your grade, or year of graduation. A one year renewal is $20. Three years is $50. You can get a “Free” year with a 5 year renewal at $80. (Couple rates are: one year $40 ; three years $100 ; or five years for $160)
Attendance last year averaged 80 people per meeting.
Please see the Calendar for remaining meetings this year.
Message from the Show Director:
Where are we now?
Here's the scoop: We are in full swing. All 500 contracts are out the door and have been for 2 months. We are approaching the first deadline of having contracts back to us and probably – by the time you read this in print – that deadline will be upon us. We then start assigning table space to those that have responded early.
In conjunction with this process, we are already re-designing the layout of the four buildings based upon new ideas, and improvements over last year. Once again, I can say with excitement, that the new changes will be amazing. Let me give you just a small taste of what is happening: The clinics area in the Young Building is moving, the famous bleachers area will be gone. The Reception Center and ARS Store is moving. There will be a stage erected in the BLC to accommodate the live band that will be playing 4 sets a day. BTW, we also need that stage to present some special awards this year…you'll see! And, there's so much more. You'll hear about them as the Show continues to take shape for the 2012 season!
Next up is my annual plea for volunteers. The one constant that we have is the fact that our Show is only as good as the number of volunteers that we have to run it. With this year's new configuration, we need more volunteers than ever. Even if you can only put in 2 hours, we want you! Please, if you can help, fill out this year's volunteer form. Duties include simple tasks like door man, unfolding tables, to hanging number signs on posts, to checking badges to distributing flyers to escorting exhibitors to their area. If you are not sure, just come on down and we will get you an assignment. Please contact Doug Moore if you are interested.
Consider this paragraph a reminder (I've used it before, but to those that have come to volunteer on these days, they have agreed that there is nothing like it!!!) …please try to get there on either Thursday or Friday. There is a genuine mystique that has grown around the setup of the show. The amount of early “horse-trading” that goes on with the exhibitors and the volunteers is a site to behold. The faster an exhibitor gets set up, the quicker the trading begins. It's actually become a tradition and a great deal of fun – and all before the show opens! Exhibitors actually look forward to it and press us to get in earlier and earlier each year – they know that it gives them more time to sell! Remember, during Show set up, parking is free.
So, please consider joining us for the Show setup and breakdown, sign up as a volunteer. Think about the fact that this show is one of the best and biggest shows in the United States…you play a big role it that…Volunteer Today!!!
John Sacerdote, Show Director
From the AMHERST BELT LINES…
The next show the Belt Lines will be headed for is the Bedford Boomer‟s 29th Annual Railroad Exhibition. Unlike most of the shows we attend, this one is unique in that it is display only – NO vendors. The show is Sunday November 6, 2011 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at the McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, New Hampshire. There is no admission charge, but donations are always welcome.
The show offers many different things for exhibitors and attendees alike including a module/layout contest, photo contest and clinics. Last year a 7-1/2” gauge "live steam" timesaver layout was setup in one of the school corridors and exhibitors working as two man crews were given the opportunity solve their own switching problem with one crew member "on the ground" and another on the locomotive! The Belt Lines has spent Saturday night operating on various layouts around the Manchester, NH area.
Setup of the layout will begin Friday night and continue on Saturday. If you are interested in participating at the show, please let Alan, Clark or Jim know right away.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Show Schedule Update for 2011-2012
The Belt Lines attends about six shows per year from September through April. Our schedule for 2011-2012 as we know it today is below. We have received formal invitations to both the Boomer's and our own show, but expect to attend the others. If you would like to mark your calendars for shows we will be attending, here are the dates for the fall season in 2011 and our start on 2012:
We expect that we will hear from the Worcester Model Railroad Club for their show in Auburn, MA in February, and also from the Nashua Valley Railroad Association about their show in Shirley, MA in April. We will publish additional details as invitations are sent to the Belt Lines.
Thats all for this month. Remember… Modular Railroading is Fun!
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