March/April 2014 Addendum

Welcome to this NMRA eBulletin March/April 2014 Addendum.  There were a few important news items that came up immediately after the last issue was mailed, so we're including those in this special issue.


European Region approved

At the time the March/April NMRA eBulletin was mailed, headquarters was still checking the paperwork on the proposed new European Region. Since that time, the paperwork has been approved. So welcome the new European Region into the NMRA family!
Former Atlantic District Director Nobby Clarke will be the temporary chair of the Region.
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The following NMRA Officers and Board of Directors positions are open for election in 2015:

1. President
2. Vice President, Administration
3. Vice President, Special Projects
4. Eastern District Director
5. Pacific District Director, and
6. At-Large North America Director

Please check Article III, paragraph 12, of the NMRA Executive Handbook (EHB) located at for the extent of the districts affected. Qualifications for candidates are listed in the EHB.

All submissions of candidate's names for consideration by the Nomination Committee for all offices except Pacific District Director shall be submitted to Stephen Priest, temporary Chairman of the Nominations Committee,, no later than June 15, 2014.


All submissions of candidate's names for consideration by the Pacific District Director Nominations Committee shall be submitted to Sam Mangion, Chairman of the Pacific District Director Nominations Committee,, no later than June 15, 2014.

Candidates may wish to run for these positions by petition and not be subjected to the decisions of the appropriate nominations committees. Requirements for submitting by petition are contained in the EHB. All submissions by petition shall be received by the Secretary NMRA no later than July 31, 2014. 


We received the following information from Charlie Getz, NMRA President:

"For the past year, Jim "Lumpy" Lupfer has been Department head for M&TS and has done a great job in a very demanding role. At the mid-year BOD meeting we discussed that job and its unrelenting requirements and Lumpy advised he felt it best to step down. I asked him to reconsider but respect his decision. Lumpy was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional. 

"Bob Amsler has kindly agreed to step in a the new Department head of M&TS, his former role. Because my concern that no volunteer undertake two major roles and as Bob is our indispensable attorney, he has agreed to treat the position much as the Department head of Publications does, overseeing the work of the managers, setting policy and acting as point person for the Host Committees. Working for him will be Ray DeBlieck as Convention Manager and Ed Slintak as Ass't thereto, along with. Mark "Fuzzy" Shafer as NTS Manager with Tom Draper helping. Tom will be winding down and he has been a tremendous asset to M&TS over literally decades.
"This team brings years of experience and I will announce these changes in the May issue of the magazine as April is already being finalized. I sincerely thank Lumpy for all he has done and thank Bob, Ray, Ed, Fuzzy and Tom for all they are doing. 

"So in sum:

Bob Amsler - Department Manager
Ray deBlieck - Convention Manager
Ed Slintak - Ass't Convention Manager
Mark Shafer - NTS Manager
Tom Draper - Floor Manager
Frank Koch - Treasurer
Jenny Hendricks - Admin Contact

"Thanks, everyone, and on to Cleveland!"

Additional Region Convention 
(Please note that we only run convention dates that occur within 3 months of the NMRA eBulletin publication date.)