Meeting Minutes – Executive Committee — Chicago, Il– November 2, 2013

NOVEMBER 2, 2013

Members Present:  Larry Krieg, Hugh Gurney, Kathleen Newell, Jim Wallington, John Langdon, Jim Hinkins

Also Present:  Gerry Callison, Dave Rasmussen, Rick Harnish, Martha Benedict, Barb Spaulding-Westcott, Steve T. Sobel, Joy Smith, Melanie Ehrhart, Tom O’Malley, Sid Burkett, Cathy Hart, Ken Hart, Bob Johnson, Rick Burn, Doug Yerkeson, Chuck Merckel, Jeanie Merckel, Shane Nodurft, Kaz Fujita, Dave Vander Bee, Rich Vavra-Musser, Barry Adonis, Mark Weitenbeck, Dan Platz, Clark Charnetski, Tess Craven, Don Heydens, Dennis Schumaker,  Pat Schumaker, Michael Frezell, George Dines, Charles Shong, Richard F. Pekarek, J.P. DesCamp

Call to Order:  Vice Chairman Larry Krieg called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m.  After roll call, it was determined that a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda:  Langdon moved approval of the agenda.  This was seconded by Horvath and approved by the members of the Executive Committee present.

Future Meetings:  Wallington reported that he was hard at work on the schedule.  We are changing our focus somewhat to have at least some meetings at or close to colleges and universities in an attempt to involve younger people.  The January meeting will be in the Lansing area, possibly at the newly restored Grand Trunk station.  Gurney suggested the Cadillac Center in Detroit, and the Troy, Dearborn and Grand Rapids stations when complete. 

Host for the Day:  Wallington introduced Sid Burkett, Amtrak Superintendent of Customer Services, who is our host for the day.  Wallington thanked Burkett for arranging for the conference room and the extensive tours planned.

Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held in Bangor on October 12 were reviewed.  Langdon moved approval.  Newell seconded the motion and it was approved by the members of the Executive Committee present.

Amtrak Discounts:  Vander Bee asked the Executive Committee to push for better Amtrak discounts.


Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.


Respectfully Submitted:                                                         Accepted:

 Hugh D. Gurney                                                                     Robert Tischbein

Secretary                                                                                 Chair