ILLIANA NEWS

MARCH  2007                                          ISSUE  3

 

MEETING:

Our scheduled meeting for February had to be cancelled due to “Mother Nature” dumping that white stuff called SNOW across the mid-west!  The drifts on the show grounds made it impossible to get to the clubhouse.  Hope we didn’t miss notifying anyone and if we did, we apologize!   So, our next meeting will be held on March 19th at 6:30 P.M. at the clubhouse.  Bring a dish to pass for our carry-in dinner and something for the table for the merchandise drawing.  (That grass will start growing sooner than you think!)  The Building Committee was ready to present their projected five-year plan last month, so it is especially important that all members try to attend this meeting.

 

DIRECTOR’S MEETING:

President Tom Swanson has scheduled a directors meeting for March 21st at the clubhouse at 7:00 P.M.  Please notify Tom if you cannot attend the meeting.

 

HISTORY DAY:

Since the weather on the previous History Days has been cold and rainy each year, it was decided at the January meeting to move it to a week later in May.  So, History Day will be on May 8th this year.  Joan Fry has volunteered to be chairperson.   If you would like to be on the committee and/or want to help that day, please contact Joan at 869-5406 or E-mail: fryfarm@localline.com

 

A  REMINDER:

Warren County Historical Society has an Open House planned for Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Museum, which is located at the corner of Midway St.   and  Hwy.  28 in Williamsport.  They plan on working with several other Warren County organizations to display items of historical interest outside the Museum.  Their tentative plans are to have a tractor display, train display, a blacksmith, free or at a reasonably priced refreshments, period music, period crafts for kids, and possibly a couple booths that have carnival type toys and face painting.  They are looking for ideas and volunteers to help put on a simple event for people of all ages to show what Warren County has to offer.  If you would like to help at this event; call:  Dennis Deel Jenkins for more info and/or to sign up.  Phone: 765-762-2097 or 765-764-1708

 

SINCERE SYMPATHY:

Our sympathy goes to Steve Dye whose father passed away on March 4th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss.

                                                                             

 


    HAPPY ST.  PATRICK’S DAY!!

Two Irish engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.  A blonde walked by and asks what they are doing.  Paddy said: “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole, but we don’t have a ladder”.  The blonde  took a spanner from her purse, loosened a few bolts and laid the flagpole down.  She then pulled a tape measure from her pocket, took a few measurements and announced that it was eighteen feet and six inches.  She then walked off.  Mick said: “Ain’t dat just like a blonde!   We need the height and she gives us the length!!!

 

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A RAIL FAN WHEN:

1.    You shop for a house by the tracks instead of away from them!

2.    When planning your next vacation, you choose your travel route based upon the location of            active railroads and rail museums!

3.    You call zoning to ask if you can use a boxcar for a shed!

4.    While driving your car, you put your arm on the window sill and wave your hand and blow            your horn to all kids standing on the street!

5.    Your wife opens her wallet  to show the relatives photos of the kids while you open your                wallet to show them your latest rail photos from last week’s fan trip!

6.    You’re on Amtrak, you find out the guy across the isle is a rail fan and your wives look at              each other, roll their eyes and sigh!

7.    You’re in your car and you come up to a railroad crossing.  The crossing lights are not                    flashing and no trains are coming, but you slow to a crawl and look up the tracks both ways           in hope of seeing a train!

8.    You are on a rail facility tour and start talking to one of the mechanics on the shop floor only         to find that you know more than he does!

9.    You rent certain movies because you know there is a very cool train scene in it!

THESE WERE JUST A FEW “RAIL FAN FACTS” SUBMITTED: BY CHARLIE LUPINEK

 

ROCKY  FORGE  BLACKSMITH  GUILD:

The group met at Ted’s shop on March 10th to work on our iron sign.  The sign will have 6" by 6" squares with something in each square made by our members.  It is a real neat deal because all the membership is participating in making the sign.  The sign will be displayed when the Rocky Forge members are demonstrating, such as at the Illiana Show.  We had a guest from Speedway who is an accomplished bladesmith and he joined our group.  An informative discussion regarding different types of steels and their forge-ability and weld-ability was held.  Our next meeting will be April 14th.                  

Ted Stout