News: NASG

This page lists announcements related to the NASG and of interest to NASG members. Click photos to visit the web sites.

March 26, 2024

2024 NASG Convention

Just a quick update on the 2024 NASG Convention. On the Convention's home page, scroll down a bit to find the link to the hotel's reservations page. Also updated are the "Tours" page and the "Car" page, with just a little bit of information.

March 19, 2024

NASG Regional Ambassador Program

The NASG Board of Trustees is announcing the new "Regional Ambassador Program". We are looking for regional volunteers to help the organization with this program.

General Overview
The Regional Ambassadors constitute one of the most fundamentally important positions in the NASG because they are the ones in the broadest contact with the general public, and therefore serve as the public face of the organization by attending local and regional open houses, train shows, modeling meets, and conventions. Consequently, it is important that Regional Ambassadors recognize that person-to-person contact lies at the heart of their service to the NASG. An Ambassador is much more likely to have success if he or she is a "people person" willing to engage the public despite the tedium of answering uninformed questions or spending long hours standing in front of a display table.

In addition to engaging the public, the Regional Ambassadors liaison with the local S clubs regardless of the clubs' orientation toward AF, Hi-rail, or Scale. The role the Regional Ambassadors play in their engagement with local S clubs is of critical importance; they provide a timely and vital link between the national organization and local clubs, encouraging its members to join the NASG and to take an active role in its affairs, including volunteering for NASG positions and hosting national conventions as well as providing feedback on how the national organization can respond more productively to the needs of local clubs.

The Regional Ambassador's Role
Proactively solicits conversion to S:
- By attending local and regional, model-railroad-club open houses, train shows, modeling meets, and conventions.
- By distributing the relevant tri-fold promotional pamphlets at each event.
- By explaining the advantages of 3/16th scale model railroading to potential converts from other scales.

Works with local S clubs:
- To assist in distribution of tri-fold pamphlets.
- To create a communication channel between local clubs and the Promotions Committee Chair.
- To promote membership in the NASG.

Proactively solicits membership in the NASG:
- By explaining the advantages of NASG membership in the course of distributing the relevant, tri-fold promotional pamphlets to AF, Hi-rail, and Scale S enthusiasts.

Works with the Promotions Committee Chair:
- To identify the most important open houses, train shows, modeling meets, and conventions in his or her region.
- To create an annual promotions strategy for all events.
- To analyze feedback from his or her attendance experience and share it with the Promotions Committee Chair.
- To create a plan to visit the clubs in his or her region once every three years.

If you are interested in participating, please contact NASG Central Vice President, Brian Jackson.
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February 27, 2024

More NASG BOT Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes for the September 2023 and December 2023 NASG BOT meeting. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the reports.

February 25, 2024

NASG BOT Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes for the January 2024 NASG BOT meeting. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the reports.

February 05, 2024

2024 NASG Convention Status Update

Please see the 2024 NASG Convention home page for a brief update on the status of this year's Convention.

December 14, 2023

NASG Dispatch Assistant Editor

The next issue of the NASG's The Dispatch magazine will announce that Phil Scandura has taken over the assistant editor position for "scale"-oriented articles for the magazine. Dick Karnes recently retired from the position, and we welcome Phil's offer to help out.

December 14, 2023

NASG Open Positions (updated)

We are currently looking to fill this position:

Service Committee Chair
We are looking for a person who will be establishing and coordinating projects that serve the NASG's membership. While those projects change over time, they currently involve the following: the Company Store, the Annual Member Car, the AF Commemorative Car, the Library, the Membership committee. Unlike other committee chairs, this person is responsible not only for directly supervising or organizing a specific project, but also coordinating the various subcommittees listed above and working with the BOT to have a consistent and coordinated range of services to serve the membership. We are looking for a "people" person with good communication skills, who will be able to work effectively with a range of volunteers in the NASG organization.

Please contact the NASG president, Jim Whipple, and he will be able to guide you to the correct person.
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November 26, 2023

NASG BOT Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes for the August 2023 NASG BOT meeting. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the reports.

September 06, 2023

NASG Annual Convention Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes of the NASG Annual BOT meeting, and the NASG Annual Membership General Meeting, which took place at the 2023 NASG Convention in Harrisburg, PA in July. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the reports.

August 16, 2023

The NASG Library Expands

The NASG Librarian, Dale Minard, has been very busy and is happy to announce the availability of measured drawings of prototype rolling stock. These drawings are available to active NASG members, and are already properly scaled to 3/16"-to-the-foot scale (i.e. 1:64, i.e. S-scale). Follow the link, below, to the page to go to the Measured Drawings section of the NASG Library, and you will find a spreadsheet file listing the available drawings (over 400 of them!).

August 13, 2023

2024 NASG Convention

The 2023 NASG Convention site is now the 2024 NASG Convention site. Nothing new to report, other than that the dates of the Convention were moved up one week ahead of the dates announced at the 2023 Convention two weeks ago.

August 09, 2023

NASG BOT Convention Press Release

During the NASG's Annual General Membership Meeting at this year's NASG Convention, the NASG Board of Trustees issued a press release. The press release was read to the NASG members in attendance at the time and the floor was opened for discussion. This press release will be published in an upcoming NASG Dispatch issue. We have also added this press release to the "Members Only" portal of this web site.

August 03, 2023

The 2023 NASG Convention Summary Page is Up

After several days of working on this 2023 NASG Convention page, which included widdling down 809 photos sent in, down to 117 of the most interesting ones, the page is finally available for all to enjoy. Thanks to the six people who sent in photos, we were able to create a complete summary of all that happened at last week's Convention. Be sure to click the photos of interest to see the larger version (then click anywhere to dismiss that larger version). If you find any factual errors, be sure to let me know.

Next week, the 2023 NASG Convention web site will be replaced with the 2024 one.

August 01, 2023

2023 NASG Annual Award Winners

The 2023 NASG Award winners, announced after the banquet at the NASG Convention in Harrisburg this past Saturday, are now listed on this web site.

A couple of things to note are that the "Perles Publication Award" has been officially renamed to the "Perles/Heimburger Publication Award" in honor of Don Heimburger's vast contributions to S-scale's published literary works.

The NASG BOT has now officially recognized the "NASG Hall of Fame", which is not an award, per-se, but rather a community recognition of the valuable work an individual has done over the years to help our favorite scale.

July 31, 2023

New NASG Western VP

As part of the 2023 NASG Convention, the official changing-of-the-guard took place for the Western regional Vice-President position for the NASG Board of Trustees. After 4 years of service on the Board, Peter Gehret has handed over the reigns to Clay Buckage. Thank you, Peter, for your service and your valuable input and feedback. Clay is no stranger to us, as he is the owner of "Dave's Twacks & Twains". Clay took over the S-Helper Service replacement and repair parts when S-Helper closed up shop. The company has been around since the late 1980s. Founded by Clay and his Dad, the company is named after Clay's brother, Dave. The company also provides repair services for A.C. Gilbert products. Clay is also the person who manages our A.F. Commemorative Car program.

July 29, 2023

NASG BOT Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes of the NASG BOT meetings that took place in April, May, and June 2023. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the reports.

July 28, 2023

Annual Member Car Photo

American Models has sent us a pre-production photo of the 2023 NASG Annual Member car. This is the final version, and AM is in the painting phase of the full production run. There are also some supply-chain issues affecting this run. No word on when they will be shipped. To order yours, please click on the photo.

July 28, 2023

NASG Convention News

Attendees at this week's NASG Convention are reporting that ScaleTrains is showing their pre-production models of the caboose, which is the next planned car they will offer in S. The first photo shows the planned road names of the cabooses. The second photo shows their entire S-scale line-up in one shot. Photos courtesy of Bill Lane. Right-click on the photos to be able to see a larger version. Matt Gaudynski, of ScaleTrains, states that an official ScaleTrains announcement will be forthcoming in a week or two.

Separately, the other big news is that Tomalco Track is holding a going-out-of-business sale at the NASG Convention, with sharp discounts of in-stock track and turnouts. Larry Morton announced that, yes, he is closing up shop, but he is currently entertaining 5 offers from individuals or companies wanting to continue his product line. The latest news is that he hasn't decided on to whom he will sell the company. The good news is that it appears that one of our favorite track supplies will continue into the future, so no need to panic.

June 07, 2023

New Membership Application Form

The NASG BOT has released a revised version of the NASG's new-membership/renewal form in the PDF format. If your club has copies of the older versions, those should be discarded as they are obsolete.

May 25, 2023

NASG BOT Election Results

From the President, R. James Whipple:

I was disappointed at the low number of nominations and self-nominations in this winter's call for candidates for Vice President and other officer elections for the Board of Trustees for the NASG. In fact, the only nomination we received was for Western Vice President, where Pete Gehret is stepping down after four years of faithful service to the organization. Two other incumbents agreed to stay on for another term because no nominations came in at all.

Because not a single position was competitive, the Elections Committee unanimously recommended electing the slate by acclamation, thereby saving the organization the expense of mailing out ballots.

The officers (President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected for four-year terms; the Regional Vice Presidents are elected for two year terms.

Serving the NASG from 2023-2025 will be:

R. James Whipple, President (term expires 2025)
* Lou Templeton, Executive Vice President (term expires 2027)
* Andy Malette, Secretary (term expires 2027)
Michael Ferraro, Treasurer (term expires 2025)

* Darby Marriott, Eastern/Northeastern Vice President (term expires 2025)
* Brian Jackson, Central/Southeastern Vice President (term expires 2025)
+ Clay Buckage, Western Vice President (term expires 2025)

* = continuing
+ = newly elected

The President and Treasurer are in the middle of their four-year terms

May 25, 2023

New Annual Member Car Program Committee Chairman

Normas Bos has been appointed to be the new chairman of the NASG's Annual Member Car Program committee. We wish to thank Chuck Kemper for initiating this program back in 2020, and, along with the committee members, being able to bring three unique cars to the NASG membership, all of which sold out quickly.

May 23, 2023

February 2023 NASG BOT Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes of the NASG BOT meeting that took place in February 2023. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the report.

May 07, 2023

March 2023 NASG BOT Meeting Notes Available

The NASG's Secretary has provided the summary notes of the NASG BOT meeting that took place in March, 2023. You will need to log in to the "Members Only" portal to be able to view the report. The February report will be added soon.

April 21, 2023

NASG Convention Committee Chairman

John Ciarleglio has accepted the chairmanship of the NASG's Convention committee. John has been a member of the committee for a while, so it was a natural fit. Contact John if you are interested in hosting a future NASG Convention.

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