Nov 2017 from
Jerry Pyfer

The Annual Meeting

As you may or may not know, November’s NWI Chapter meeting is known as our annual business meeting.

This chapter use to have rather lengthy business meetings in the past dealing with membership renewals, calendar sales, baggage car operations, charter rail trips, contested elections, planning Christmas dinners and financial reports.

I have wondered how November inherited the annual business meeting when September was the charter month. And our membership year runs concurrent with the actual calendar.

At any rate, this will be our 48th annual business meeting. The business is not near the pace it once was. Our elections are bi-annual, held on even years.

The Board of Directors will have an extended meeting in January 2018. We are developing a policy book to supplement the by-laws. We had such a policy book in the past, but between subsequent Board changes, the book has gone missing.

From time to time, we have questions as to how we should address chapter property, mostly equipment handling and financial processing. While this is a Board function, you are welcome to attend as a full chapter member. Subscribers may attend, however you will not have input toward chapter business.

Chapter Dues

Time for your NWI-NRHS dues renewal for 2018. We are still at $20 for NWI Chapter dues.

A subscription to our newsletter North Western Limited alone remains at $20 as well. Your Chapter renewals and subscriptions may be sent to our Chapter P.O. box or presented at a chapter meeting. You may also mail your dues to Chapter Treasurer Lloyd Rinehart at: 522 Bradshaw Street, Dixon, IL. 61021.

You should be receiving a National Railway Historical Society dues renewal notice via mail from the NRHS. Please handle the NRHS dues portion via the National and the Chapter portion with us.

On a Personal Note

My son Jerry Jr. is a Loves Park police officer and when he is on duty keeps a watch on the crossings when the Union Pacific shows up on the KD line.

Last May when the C&NWHS tour bus stopped to allow participants to watch and photograph the UP switch Cimco metal scrapper on Windsor Road, he positioned his squad car with lights illuminated to warn traffic of pedestrians around the crossing.

More than once, he witnessed motorists driving without caution as a trainman is carrying a red flag while flagging the crossing during switching maneuvers. He pulls them over to warn and issue citations if the motorist seems cavalier about the warning. He is the first officer to issue such citations on the department.

Early Sunday morning, November 5th, Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox was killed in the line of duty. Saturday, November 11th, JR attended the funeral and participated in the 600 squad car funeral procession around Rockford.

As they approached the KD crossing of East State Street, a UP police car was at the crossing with its lights on.
Then travelling along West State Street, he approached the Canadian Pacific crossing to find a CP police car there as well honoring Officer Cox.

To the railroad police officers whom we think, are just a killjoy when we want to take train pictures, Thank You for your thoughtfulness.

For more information about the Chapter, see Meetings and Join.

Chapter address

North Western Illinois Chapter - NRHS
P.O. Box 5632
Rockford, IL 61125-0632