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ANTELOPE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB                                  02/06/98
Lancaster, California


Minutes of the February 1998 regular business meeting.


ROLL CALL

Members present: J. Beasley, T. Crawford, D. Frozina, D. Jameson, E. Jones,
D. Lawson, H. Veihdeffer, J. Wetzel and R. Wetzel.

Guests present: Tim Browning, Mark Browning (potential members) and Candice
Crawford.


CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order by Mr. Beasley at 2012 hours in the Club car on
the AV Fairgrounds.


DISPOSITION OF THE MINUTES

Mr. Veihdeffer moved and Mr. Jameson 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 four letters were received since the last regular
meeting. One from the AV Bank (statement), one from the AV Fair (utility
bill), one from Driver and Associates (policy), and one from Mouser
Electronics (bill).


OFFICER REPORTS

Secretary: Mr. Frozina reported that the latest membership roster was
available.

Mr. Frozina also reported that he had worked on the Club's web site and
wondered what the officers (who had access to the web) thought of it. Both
Mr. Crawford and Mr. Veihdeffer liked it, but Mr. Beasley was ambivalent.

Mr. Frozina reported the he sent out an "intentions" letter to Mr. R. Jones
during the week of February 2nd. No response has been received from Mr. R.
Jones as of yet.

Treasurer: Mr. Crawford reported that we have money.

Mr. Crawford also reported that the new signature card had been completed and
had been filed with the AV Bank. All officers can now sign/countersign the
checks.

Mr. Crawford also reported that Mr. Lawson was past due on his dues. Since
Mr. Lawson was present, it was explained to him that he needed to catch up
within the next two weeks.

Superintendent: Mr. Jameson wanted to know if we were done with laying track
on the lower level. The consensus was that no, we weren't. Ties still need to
be inserted where the flextrack sections was joined together -- before we can
paint the rails and add more scenery.

Publicist: Mr. Veihdeffer reported that Mr. Frozina e-mailed him the info to
get the weekly announcement about the Club's meetings to the AV Press.  He
also mentioned that he would send the announcement into the Daily News too.

Mr. Veihdeffer also mentioned that the white sign for the Club, one of many
signs near the main gates, was in need of repair. The consensus was that we
would do our own sign and only put it up for the Fair, to keep it in good
condition.

Mr. Veihdeffer also mentioned that he contacted the AV Fair staff about
changing the map given out during the Fair to read "Model Railroad Club"
instead of "Railroad Car".


COMMITTEE REPORTS

None.


SPECIAL ORDERS

None.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Heater: Mr. Morris was not present, so Mr. Beasley asked Mr. Jameson to
pursue this matter.

DCC: Mr. Beasley reported that he received several ideas from the DCC SIG
newsgroup on how to prevent shorting going through the double-crossover.
Also, when using the Lenz 103 decoder with stock Athearn headlights, you need
to put a 22-ohm, 1/2 watt resistor in series with the bulb to reduce the
current draw. We also received three 10-amp transformers for the (yet to be
received) booster units. We also received notice from Tony's Train Exchange
that more of our throttles will be shipped soon.


NEW BUSINESS

Brochures: Mr. Veihdeffer asked Mr. Frozina to get more brochures printed up
for distribution at the local hobby shops: Palmdale Hobbies and Smith
Brothers Hobbies.

Vests/Shirts: Mr. Veihdeffer brought up the idea of the Club getting vests.
Discussion followed. It was the consensus of the members to go with T-shirts
again, but not white ones. Mr. Veihdeffer to check on costs.

Paint: Mr. Veihdeffer mentioned that one day while he was working at the car,
some maintenance persons from the AV Fair wanted to know if we wanted to have
our stairs painted. He said "yes", but we needed to replace a railing and a
railing support first.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADA: Mr. Beasley recommended that we all read the ADA article in the March
1998 issue of Model Railroader. It might affect us too.


NEXT MEETING

The next regular business meeting will be on Friday, March 6, 1998 at 2000
hours in the Club car.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business or discussion, Mr. Frozina moved and
Mr. Veihdeffer seconded that we adjourn the meeting. The motion passed
unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 2058 hours.


Submitted by


Donald J. Frozina
Secretary

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