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 you tax deductions
Attendance the past two years has averaged 80 people per meeting
October 2011 (74) “Freight Car Futures” by Dan Bigda
November 2011 (78) “Hurricane Irene vs. NECR - Disaster and Recovery " by Charles Hunter
January 2012 (77) “Museum Trains in Germany & Denmark" by Joshua Redenz
March 2012 “American Locomotive Heritage Museum” by Richard Steinbrenner
April 2012 (78) "Boston & Maine Operations---Sept. 1950" by George & Kathy Melvin
May 2012 (58) “A Decade of Railroading in New England.. the 1990's" by Buddy Winniarz
June 2012 (107) “A Slice of the Cheshire " by Jim Dufour
September 2012(64) “Folkston, Georgia, before the Holiday Hiatus " by Matthew Betzner
Message from the Clerk:
Check your your mailing label, or membership card to see if the year says “2012” If it does, your membership has expired. Memberships expire on June 30 of the year listed. Student memberships require an update of year and expected graduation. Regular adult memberships are $20 for one year, $50 for three years, or $80 for five years. The five year membership renewal is equal to one free year.
|Upcoming ARS meeting Dates
November 20, 2012
||November 2, 2012
|January 15, 2013
||December 28, 2012
(before the first of the month)
|March 19, 2013
||March 2, 2013
|April 16, 2013
(before the first of the month)
|May 21, 2013
||May 4, 2013
|June 18, 2013
||June 1, 2013
2012-13 Grants Please note: New Grant Schedule
In 2012 the Amherst Railway Society started the Founders Award to honor those early members of the Society that got the organization going and hence enable us to make the grants now.
We are also shifting the grant cycle from Spring to Fall so that the grants and awards can be announced at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield in late January of each year.
The current grant and award cycle opened on July 1, 2012. There are two programs, the $10,000 Founders Award and the grant program for lesser amounts. Recipients of the next round of regular grants, and the Founders Award, will be announced on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013.
NRHS chapter in Worcester County:
Currently, Dylan Lambert, one of our student members is working to establish an NRHS chapter to cover Worcester County. The plan originated after the Depot Foundation of East Brookfield dissolved in April when they failed to prevent the demolition of the depot in East Brookfield. Dylan is working with one of the foundation Organizers, Dennis Lebeau, in this endeavor. The main problem will be to rally up 8 more people so the minimum membership requirements for applying for a charter. If you are interested, please let the ARS Clerk know (in writing by letter or email), and he will forward your information to Dylan.
From the President...
We have received a $1,000 donation in memory of our deceased member, Everett Turner Jr. This donation will be used to support our ongoing grant programs... Mass Bay RRE has added an Advanced Section of the Providence and Worcester Trip to run on SATURDAY, October 13th... Visit Mass Bay RRE website at: <www.MassBayRRE.org > for full details and CALL 978-470-2066 to order tickets... See you on board...