Since the clubhouse is still closed up for the winter and the water is turned off, Carol and Ted Stout have generously offered to host the February meeting at their lovely home in West Point.

So, come and enjoy some good food and company on February 16, 2015 at 6:30 P.M.  Bring a dish to pass for the carry-in dinner.  If you’ve never been to the Stout’s, their address is:

8525 W. 700 S., West Point, In.  (South of West Point – off State Road 25)   Hope to see your there!  (Keep your fingers crossed that the weather cooperates!)  Thank you, Carol and Ted for also hosting the November 2014 meeting!



A big THANK YOU to all the members and friends who participated in the Christmas in the Village held Dec. 5th and 6th 2014.  It was the first year to hold the event on a Friday and Saturday night instead of Saturday and Sunday.  We had a good turnout for both days and “Santa’s Helper” posed for many pictures with both parents and children.  A special thanks to Amanda Hobbs for all the pictures she took and printed off her computer so that everyone had a souvenir of the event.  Everyone did an outstanding job to make this event a success…before, during and after!   So, “ONE BIG THANK YOU TO ALL!!!!!!”


Although I have “dropped” the “Get Well Wishes” in the newsletters it has come to my attention that former member, Jerry Kirsch, and current member, Alan Moudy, both have been in hospitals in Indianapolis undergoing Open Heart Surgery.  As of the last up-date, they were both doing okay.  If you’d like to send a card, their addresses are:  Jerry Kirsch, 5114 South US 41, Boswell, In. 47921.   Alan Moudy, 11470 S. 800 W., Covington, In. 47932.  GET WELL SOON!


Welcome new member Jamie Walter - Covington, In.  Jamie is a familiar face around the railroad group helping “run” the engines during both the Show and History Day and operating the trains in the clubhouse during Christmas in the Village.  Glad to have you ABOARD!


For those who missed our Christmas Cottage this year, sorry, it was great!!   Becky was our project chairperson for this year and we used Christmas cards (used and some new) to make quite a variety of décor for our building – from houses to placemats for Santa!!  Joan let us “make a mess” in her garage and also fixed us lunch on the Thursday before Christmas in the Village.  Thanks Joan!  So, we decorated the cottage - it was pretty cold and sparse of visitors on Friday, but, on Saturday there was no wind, a full moon and almost as many visitors as stars in the skies……well, almost!

This year, Florence made a Quilt of Valor, was quilted by Kathy and then donated to Tri-County Quilters and then finally given to Matt Commons from West Lebanon, In, in Warren County.  We met at his parent’s home and had a short visit.  The Quilt of Valor was well received as was his hug.  It was a proud moment for this writer.  Prior to afore mentioned visit, quilts and “ditty” bags with toiletries were donated to abuse shelters in this area and Crawfordville.

On December 15th, we had our Christmas meeting at Joan’s with a catered lunch (which was delicious) grab bag exchange and then played quilt trivia.  We are a rowdy bunch!

January 20th we met at Pine Village Community Building and started the meeting with agreeing to keep Co-Chairpersons: Marsha and Diana.  We jumped right into plans for our Rainsville week-end.  Decided to start going through “stash” of finished items or making new ones for sale.  Took note that Memorial Day is on the 4th Monday again and there will not be a meeting.  Then, since June has five Mondays, we will utilize this and will have May’s meeting on June 1st.  All agreed to have June’s meeting on June 29th.  Next month Marilyn will give demonstration, March will be a turn for Nubee Rose then in April Marsha will give demonstration. No demo’s for May and June…will be geared to finalize items and other plans for Rainsville.  Old business: all to continue making bags for children for next History Day in September.  We also came up with ideas for Christmas in the Village for this year.  Are we ready or what?!

Submitted by:  Marsha Watkins


    LAMES – Lafayette Area Model Engineering Show

         March 7, 2015 @ Westfall’s Auto Repair

                                          1729 E. 650 N.

                                                                    West Lafayette, In. 47906

Featuring all types of Model Engines in motion:  Gas, Steam, Hot Air and

Radio Controlled.  Friends and Family Invited!

For more Info, Call Tom Bastin @ 765-448-1833


At the November meeting Mike Evans announced to the members present that his dad, Kenny Evans, donated a generous amount of money to the club’s new building fund.  Kenny passed away in October 2014.  A HUGE THANK YOU to the Evans’ family. 




1.)     Name the tractor produced by a railroad locomotive manufacturer beginning in 1933?

2.)    Why did the first steam tractors require the use of horses?



What a winter, snow, cold, wind, illness, politicians and the groundhog saw his shadow!   But, remember, THIS IS INDIANA!  I used to walk to and from grade school and it was uphill both ways and the snow was over the fences, so those cold winters have been around for a while.

Anyway, I sure hope you are all okay and ready to meet on Saturday, February 14th with coffee and doughnuts ready by 8:30 A.M.  Since that is Valentine’s Day we probably should make some hearts or something for our sweethearts.  Do some internet research regarding blacksmith items for Valentine’s Day, and bring the info to the meeting to share with each other.  Also, we have the unfinished sunflowers to work on.  Depending on the weather we can work at the forges inside and outside.  Several members have expressed excitement about getting together again and starting a new year of forging challenges.  Carol is going to buy a ham for lunch so bring pitch-in items to pass around for the lunch.  Lunch is always a fun time to talk amongst ourselves and trade stories, I for one, am looking forward to the time.

Bring your favorite hand tools to work with and items for the Iron in the Hat. 

See you on Saturday.  


Submitted by:  Ted Stout





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