Sunday, September 29, 2013

MER Convention coming up

Two Weeks to the C & P Junction Convention. Hop aboard!

                On Columbus Day Weekend, October 10-13, the annual—and big--C & P Junction Convention gets underway. People regret most the things they don’t do. So make the call now and ensure that you’re not going to miss an outstanding event. This convention has three things going for it: substance, timing and location. Substance introduces you to some of the nation’s best clinicians, layouts, operations call boards and contests, capped with a Banquet and Auction. Timing gives you a long weekend to enjoy the convention and an extra day to savor Location: the attractions of Washington and Baltimore.  With 250 registrants from 15 states plus Canada we’ve added more operations layouts and a B&O Museum tour (both require advances registration), a hosted DC sightseeing excursion, and a manufacturer tour. So even if you’ve registered early, it’s not too late to add to your registration. And if your schedule is unsettled, walk in and register the day of the convention! C & P Junction, Crowne Plaza Hotel ( with a free shuttle to the Metro and other points. Visit our website: google C & P or For questions, email
Rooms available!
                The Crowne Plaza Hotel has notified us that it has been able to free up some double and King rooms previously reserved for another group.
Help Make the Convention Fun!
                In keeping with the tradition of ensuing quality door prizes, we are asking those who are planning to attend or support the Convention to donate new (or –as-new) engines, rolling stock, structures or other items of value to the Mid-Eastern Region. We’ll pick the very best donations for door prizes. Being a nonprofit organization, a tax deduction is appropriate for each donation. Donors of items should email Clint Hyde ( in advance of the Convention; when you give your donation to Clint in the Auction/White Elephant Room at the Convention, he will give you a receipt for tax purposes.
Call for Volunteers!
                With a nod to the U.S. Marines, C & P Junction, the coming MER Convention in Rockville, Maryland, over Columbus Day Weekend, October 10-13, 2013, is looking for a few good men—and women.  In past conventions, men and women have volunteered to help staff the registration desk, the Contest Room and the Company Store with its accompanying White Elephant Room.  Shifts would be four hours in length or less and only once per convention. Virtue will be your only reward, although a handsome certificate will attest to serving your Region. If you are interested, please contact Bill Day of Potomac Division, or 703/406-4112.

Marshall Abrams, Potomac Division, co-chairman

Kurt Thompson, Chesapeake Division, co-chairman

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