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ANTELOPE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB                       04 February 2000
Lancaster, California


Minutes of the February 2000 regular business meeting.


CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order by Mr. Crawford at 2008 hours at Mr. Schultz's
residence.


ROLL CALL

Members present: J. Beasley, T. Crawford, D. Frozina, M. Lacey, J. Madriaga,
H. Morris, N. Schultz, J. Wetzel, and R. Wetzel.


DISPOSITION OF THE MINUTES

Mr. Schultz moved and Mr. Beasley seconded that the reading of the minutes
from the last regular meeting be waived and that they be approved as
written.  The motion passed unanimously.


COMMUNICATIONS

Mr. Frozina reported that he sent a letter to the Fair about the 2000
officers; and a letter to Mr. Dan Jacobs about the gate key situation.


OFFICER REPORTS

President: Mr. Crawford reported that we recovered some items from our
robbery -- about $1,000.00 worth.  These items include: some hand tools,
1 tool box, the compressor, 1 cab controller, 1 locomotive, miscellaneous
cars and track, 4 Tortoise motors, and Mr. Veihdeffer's electric staple
gun.  Mr. Schultze's Hiawatha cars were not among the item recovered.

Vice President: No report.

Secretary: No report.

Treasurer: Mr. R. Wetzel reported that we are solvent.

Publicist: Mr. Morris reported on the robbery article in the AV Press; and
on the partial recovery article in the Daily News.

Superintendent: No report.


COMMITTEE REPORTS

Control/Electrical: Mr. Frozina reported that the CTC panel has most of the
layout schematic in place.

Fair Liaison: Mr. Schultz reported that Mr. Dan Jacobs, the Fair Manager,
was stunned about the past history of their employee -- the one who robbed
us.

Grounds: No report.

Housekeeping: No report.

Inventory: Mr. Crawford formed this committe, with Mr. Frozina as its chair,
to inventory all items belonging to the Club.

Relocation: Mr. Crawford formed this committee, with himself as its chair,
to discuss options and strategies in moving the Club car to the new
Fairgrounds.

Rolling Stock: Mr. Crawford reported that the gears in our Atlas/Roco FP7s
were shot. Our Athearn F7s run at different speeds, even after remotoring --
their gearing is different and that we should invest in new power trucks.
Mr. Crawford was given the go-ahead to purchase new trucks.

Scenery/Structures: Mr. Crawford reported for Mr. Veihdeffer.  A heat gun
was used to try to fuse Lake Cheeky back together.  This failed, and melted
our fisherman's fishing pole.  Mr. Schultze suggested that we have Moses on
the rock parting the waters as a work-around.

Track: Mr. Beasley mentioned that he needs to drill 4 holes for Tortoise
motors on the paper mill spur.  Other needs mentioned were: the reversing
section turnout on top of the helix stalls 4-axel locomotives; an AH
Junction turnout dead (fixed).


SPECIAL ORDERS

Mr. Tate has completed his 4-month probationary period.  Mr. Schultze moved
and Mr. Lacey seconded that Mr. Tate be elected to full (regular)
membership.  The motion passed unanimously.  Congratulations Don!.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Brochure Holders: Mr. Schultz will get 5 holders.

Cab Controller: Mr. Crawford reported that Cab 2 is back from NorthCoast
Engineering and is working well.

Backdrop Painting: Mr. Schultz reported that his friend "owes" him.

Fence Repair: Several members used brute force to straighten it out.
Mr. Schultze to tell Mr. Dan Jacobs.

Security: Mr. Morris did not get bids for an alarm system; Mr. Frozina
costed-out an alarm system from Radio Shack -- about $250.00; Mr. Jameson
Mr. Crawford, Mr. Veihdeffer and Mr. Frozina spent one Saturday morning and
installed a security lock in the West door.  Keys to this new lock have
been distributed.


New Gate/Restroom Key: Mr. Beasley has yet to turn in his old key to the
Fair office for his new key.


NEW BUSINESS

Dues: Mr. Frozina moved and Mr. Lacey seconded that the monthly dues for
2000 be established at $10.00.  The motion passed unanimously.

Equity Fee: Mr. Beasley moved and Mr. Morris seconded that the equity fee
for 2000 be established at $100.00.  The motion passed unanimously.

Speakers: Mr. Frozina was able to purchase 4, 8", 16 ohm speakers for
$4.95/each.  He was also able to obtain 4, 8" metal speaker grills for
$1.00/each.

Robert's Rules: Mr. Frozina was able to find and purchase a soft cover
version of The New Robert's Rules of Order, Revised and Updated Edition,
edited by John Sherman, for only $4.95.

Computer: A friend of Mr. Schultze donated a 166 MHz, 1GB hard disk drive,
32 MB RAM computer, running Windows® 95, to the Club.  It is complete,
except for a monitor, which Mr. Schultze might be able also obtain.

Decoder Software: Mr. Beasley suggested we get EasyRamp II, a software
package for programming DCC decoders.  Mr. Frozina moved, and Mr. Lacey
seconded that we appropriate $60.00 for Mr. Beasley to purchase said
software.  The motion passed unanimously.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mr. Morris mentioned that Flying Circus Hobbies, on 15th Street West and
Ave. J-8, is offering a 20% discount to Club members.

Mr. Frozina mentioned that on Sunday, 27 February 2000, at 8 am, we will
have a Railfan Expedition to the Tehachapi Loop.  Flyers were distributed.

Mr. Madriaga mentioned that Palmdale Hobbies might start carrying DCC items.


NEXT MEETING

The next regular business meeting will be on Friday, 3 March 2000 at 2000
hours in the Club car.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business or discussion, Mr. Beasley moved and
Mr. Lacey seconded that we adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed
unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 2114 hours.


Submitted by

Donald J. Frozina
Secretary

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