Geographically, the Allegheny Plateau Division (Division 11) consists of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, and Venango Counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania, those colored dark green on the map to the left. In terms of people, under the rules of the NMRA, all NMRA members and only NMRA members resident in those counties are members of Division 11. Under the current regulations of the NMRA, residency is determined by mailing address. Thus, if one's mailing address names a post office located within the eight counties, one is "in the division" even though one's home may sit on land outside the eight counties. Given the rather sparse population of those counties (even including the "fuzzy edges"), there is not a large population of model railroaders, nor of NMRA members. At last count, there were about 35 members, roughly half of whom are active to varying degrees in the division's affairs.
The Allegheny Plateau Division holds 12 meetings each year, usually on the second Sunday of the month, often at the home of a member. The usual meeting includes an operating session, a Bring and Brag contest, and a business meeting. The meetings in summer months are often held in conjunction with special events, a pattern which is likely to continue in future years. Persons who are not members are welcome to participate as guests, although that welcome does not extend to holding elected office or voting on business matters. December is reserved for the division banquet. Lately it has been held on a Saturday. The date of the banquet depends strongly on the availability of a hall.
In addition to the monthly formal meetings, members of the division customarily gather at a member's house on Thursdays; to pursue projects, assist the member in building or revising his layout, or simply to discuss matters of mutual interest. Often the Thursday gathering in the week immediately preceeding a meeting is at the house of the member hosting the up-coming meeting to assist him in preparing for the meeting. Coordination of these informal gatherings, insofar as there is coordination, is by e-mail.
The Allegheny Plateau Division publishes a monthly newsletter, the
Keystone Corridor. A printed copy is available by subscription, see Keystone Corridor page for rates. At one time, the division had been considering exclusive electronic distribution of the newsletter. That is no longer being considered. However, subscribers may receive their copy electronically, as a pdf file by e-mail. See the newsletter page for more detail.
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