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ANTELOPE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB                           13 April 2001
Lancaster, California

Minutes of the April 2001 regular business meeting.


CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order by Mr. Crawford at 2000 hours in the Club car
on the AV Fairgrounds.


ROLL CALL

Members present: J. Beasley, T. Crawford, D. Frozina, M. Lacey, H. Morris,
N. Schultz, D. Tate, H. Veihdeffer, A. Way, R. Wetzel and R. Ybarra.

Guest present: Geri Williams.


DISPOSITION OF THE MINUTES

Mr. Veihdeffer moved and Mr. Lacey seconded that the reading of the minutes
from the last regular meeting be waived and that they be approved as
corrected.  The motion passed unanimously.


COMMUNICATIONS

Bulletins from NMRA; utility bill from Fair; anonymous donation of $100 for
Mr. Tate's equity fee (to which Mr. Tate said "Thank you, whomever you
are").


OFFICER REPORTS

President: Mr. Crawford reported that the Fair proposal is progressing.

Vice President: Mr. Veihdeffer reported that Ed Jones, a former member and
now a member of the Pomona MRC, mentioned that his Club has hired a
lawyer to get his club tax exempt status.  Reports will follow as more
information becomes available.

Secretary: Mr. Frozina reported that the membership cards and 2nd quarter
roster were distributed.

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

Publicist: Mr. Beasley had no report.

Superintendent: Mr. Schultz reported that the rumors of his death have been
greatly exaggerated!


COMMITTEE REPORTS

Electrical: Mr. Tate had no report.

Fair Liaison: Mr. Schultz reported that he will present the joint proposal
for the model railroad exhibits on the new fairgrounds at the Fairboard's
June 2001 meeting.  Mr. Frozina reported at length on the status of the
joint proposal with the AV N'Scalers and the Lancaster & Northwestern
Railroad clubs.

Grounds: Mr. Crawford and Mr. Veihdeffer reported that we will get a
concrete approach to our West stairway.

Housekeeping: Mr. Lacey reminded everyone to crush their cans after
drinking their soft drinks.

Inventory: Mr. Frozina reported that he and Mr. Veihdeffer inventoried 60
of the Club's freight cars, and that we could use some more gondola cars.
Donations anyone?

Operating: Mr. Veihdeffer demonstrated his "tacky" car idea to assist
members in making up their trains in the yards.  The consensus was that
we didn't need to use this method.

Rolling Stock: Mr. Lacey reported that he tech'ed some of the Frederickson
cars; and will go through the other donated cars to determine which can be
salvaged, and which go to a swap meet.

Scenery/Structures: Mr. Veihdeffer reported that he ordered the 5 sets of
stencils of clouds, mountains, hills, city and details that Mr. Frozina
found while looking through an old copy of Model Railroader.

Track: Mr. R. Wetzel had no report.


SPECIAL ORDERS

New Regular Member: Mr. Rob Ybarra was formally inducted as a regular
member.

Honorary Membership Presentation: Mr. Al Way was finally presented
with his honorary membership plaque.  Congratulations Al!


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Intelligent Circuit Breakers: Mr. Veihdeffer stated that we really need
them.  Mr. Schultz moved and Mr. Beasley seconded that we purchase 6
breakers.  The motion passed unanimously.  Mr. Veihdeffer will order.

Rerailers: Mr. Tate reported that he purchased 3 rerailers, and that they
are in house.


NEW BUSINESS

Box Car Donation: Mr. Way donated two Accurail 50' box cars to the club.
Thanks Al!

Crossing Bell Donation: Mr. Veihdeffer reported that a real crossing bell
was donated to the club.

FREDs: Mr. Veihdeffer proposed that we get some FREDs for some cars so that
the members who run modern equipment don't have to use a caboose.  The
consensus was that this idea had merit.

Signal Project: The idea of having two-color signals was brought up again.
Much discussion resulted.  We have many "kits" from ages ago, but
the TTL relays were stolen in the robbery.  Mr. Frozina is to look for a
suitable replacement relay.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bitter Creek & Western RR Trip: Mr. Way will make arrangements for a
group of members to visit, work and play on his "home" 1 1/2" scale
club on a Saturday and Sunday.  Several members expressed interest
in going.  Mr. Way will get back to us with suitable dates -- usually
the third weekend of a month.


NEXT MEETING

The next regular business meeting will be on Friday, 04 May 2001 at 2000
hours in the Club car.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business or discussion, Mr. Schultz moved and
Mr. Morris seconded that we adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed
unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 2115 hours.

Submitted by




Donald J. Frozina
Secretary

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