Feb 2018 from
Jerry Pyfer

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Like mileposts passing by the window on a fast moving train, so too the years have whizzed by, as the NWI Chapter gets closer to our 50th anniversary as a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

This very chapter was a hard sought after goal by the late Jim Boyd, Mike Schafer and a few good railfans from the northern Illinois area.

It would behoove us to commemorate these 50 years of our existence.

How best do we (and I mean WE), do this celebration?
I am striving to produce a special commemorative lapel pin as free gifts to all NWI-NRHS members in the 50th year. This would be in the shape of our mascot Railph.

I would also entertain the idea of producing a 2019 NWI calendar. The photographs included would be recorded by NWI Chapter members. Now, the details should be handled by a committee, interested?

Do we have a special meeting complete with some sort of afternoon event leading up to the meeting? Do we do this for our annual meeting in November or in September, the actual month of our charter with the NRHS? What type of program? Again, committee decisions, interested?

I would be glad to work with any committee formed that undertakes this project. We will discuss the committee topic at our Board of Directors’ meeting this month at 6:00pm in the church auditorium.

Annual Train Show Moves

Rockford area’s annual model train show hosted by the National Model Railroad Association, Rock River Valley Division is moving for 2018 to the Belvidere North High School campus on the weekend of March 24-25th. The campus is at 9393 Beloit Road, Belvidere on Belvidere’s northwest side.

Show hours run from 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm Sunday.

If you are interested in helping out with the Chapter display table, please let John Fredrickson or myself know. I plan to be there both days. And perhaps bring a few bucks to support the vendors that make the show feasible.

Chapter Dues Now Due

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 directly to Chapter Treasurer Lloyd Rinehart at: 522 Bradshaw Street, Dixon, IL. 61021.

The NWI Chapter will not handle the NRHS portion of their dues. A few years back, we use to do this for the National until they told chapters this was no longer their desire and to stop such activities. Today, the NRHS has changed its tune, but we will not handle the NRHS portion.
Please send the National’s dues directly to the NRHS.

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