LARRY PEARSON, President, Southwestern Division, 2008-2009 1108 West Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91506, (818) 848-2653
CAL-STEWART 2008 REPORT
The 35th Cal-Stewart Meet held on November 21-23 was the largest that we have held in several years. This marked the second (and last) year that we utilized the “temporary” facilities (the White and Brown Halls) on the east side of the Pasadena Convention Center property while the new exhibit halls were being built on the west side of the property. In 2009 we will be moving into the new larger (and more expensive) facilities. Mark the 2009 dates on your calendar: November 20, 21, & 22, 2009.
The 2008 John King Welcoming Party moved to the Pasadena Masonic Temple, 200 So Euclid Ave., just a short walk from the Cal-Stewart facilities. Bill & Tina Corsello came up with the idea of doing away with the hors d’ouvres and expensive entertainment at the Sheraton and replacing it with a complete buffet dinner at the nearby Masonic Temple, all for only $10 per person (well below our actual cost of $28.65 per person). This proved to be a fantastic idea, and the party room was packed to capacity with over 210 happy attendees. Needless to say, we will be doing this again in 2009, and have already booked the hall and caterer.
After a one-year absence, the Boy Scouts returned to Cal- Stewart 2008. Dave Otth once again headed this up with the assistance of Jon Lang, Wayne Sheriff, Tom Gibson plus others, and at least 80 Scouts and their parents attended on Saturday to earn Merit Badges for Model Railroading and Collecting. A big thanks go out to the many sellers in the White Hall who gave or assisted Scouts in acquiring trains for their Collecting Merit badge.
As explained in the November/December 2008 issue of The Southwestern Limited, Cal-Stewart 2008 was made into two separate events: The Wonderful World of Trains in the Brown Hall, and The Cal-Stewart Train Meet in the White Hall. The Wonderful World of Trains was open to the Public at no charge on both Saturday and Sunday and consisted of: Manufacturer’s Displays (Lionel, MTH, and Williams by Bachmann), eight operating layouts (HO, S, O, Std.), The Ralph Johnson Memorial Display celebrating Toy Train Models of Early Streamliners, Train Races & Demolition Derby, Auctions, Special Seminars featuring Marx and TCA Grading Standards, Boy Scout Merit Badge Certification, a SWD public drawing for a Lionel Polar Express set donated by The Train Shack and Calvin and Phyllis Smith, Train Club Information Tables, and overflow train sales from the White Hall. We were able to provide the Brown Hall events at no charge because we were given a significantly reduced rent on the facility due to the “inconvenience” factor of the two-hall arrangement. This discount will no longer be offered in 2009, and we are looking for ways to be able to afford to do this on an annual basis. The Wonderful World of Trains was a tremendous success, with an estimated 2,000 public in attendance. The Manufacturers and the operating layouts enjoyed having two days of “public” attendance.
The Cal-Stewart Train Meet was held in the White Hall and
required regular paid Cal-Stewart registration to attend. The hall was a sell-out and was very well attended. Paid registrations were up significantly because attendees had to register to enter the White Hall on both Saturday and Sunday. Most sellers reported doing very well if they priced their trains to sell. It is very hard to sell trains in the current economy by pricing them in excess of the price guides. Everyone enjoyed the well-lit, carpeted and air-conditioned facility. Loading and unloading was fast and easy.
The 2008 Cal-Stewart souvenir car, the Wild Cherry LIFESAVERS Tank Car, is currently being offered, with orders being taken until May 1, 2009. Delivery is expected in November, 2009. We were late getting this out due to delays at Lionel getting prototypes made (they no longer make their own prototypes), and management changes at Wrigley’s, the licensee. As soon as orders have been taken in May, we hope to have the 2009 Pep O Mint Cal-Stewart car flier prepared. We very much appreciate your business with these cars. The profit we make on the annual Cal-Stewart souvenir cars goes to offset the ever-increasing costs of putting on the Cal-Stewart Meet. We still have some earlier Cal-Stewart Souvenir cars in stock for immediate sale. You can view them and down-load an order form on the Cal-Stewart website: www.Cal-Stewart.org.
Please join me in thanking the Chairmen and workers of the many sub-committees who made Cal-Stewart 2008 the great event that it was (not listed in order of importance). I am sure that I have left some people off this list, and many of those listed helped in other areas also, and I apologize for not recognizing this. All workers are unpaid volunteers: Meet Chairman: Jerry Blaine; Web Master: Harold Shapiro; Cal-Stewart Brochure: Calvin & Phyllis Smith; Pre-Registration: Bruce & Elaine
Lazarus (Chair.); Pre-Registration Table Sales: Elaine Lazarus (Chair.); Table Assignments: Bruce
Larry Pearson; Souvenir Car Sales: Bruce & Elaine Warehousing & Shipping of Souvenir Cars: Fred
Badge & Liaison:
Packet Preparation: Calvin Jerry Blaine; Floor Plans:
& Phyllis Smith; Hotel Larry Pearson & Matt
Lancey (Pasadena Center);
Hall Electrical: Larry Pearson; Hollis Cotton, Calvin & Phyllis
Memorial Display of Streamliners: Hollis Ginny Cotton, Randy Bemis, Art Bosse, Bob
Cotton (Chair.), Cesarone, Steve
Ed Largey, Greg Pulis,
John Parker, Bruce Peterson, Larry Pearson, Fritz Von Togan, Steve Waller; Hall Banners &
Decoration: Party: Bill
Dave Otth & Alan Huegli; John King Welcoming Corsello (Chair.), Tina Corsello, Calvin Smith,
Jerry Blaine, Don Ladenberger, Larry Pearson, Betty On-Site Registration: Bruce & Elaine Lazarus (Chair.),
Tony Al &
Mike Morgan (Chair. SW Layout), Jerry Moser, Vierich, Frank Alabart, Bill Augustus, Irv Hahn,
Invited Richard Canyon
Layouts (7): Southwestern Division Layout (20x40), Keppel’s O/Std. Tinplate Floor Layout (20x20), Grand Model Railroaders S-Gauge (12x18), Orange County
Trackers Layout European Train
(18x36), So. Cal. S-Gaugers Layout (26x30), Enthusiasts Layout (17x32), John Bowman
Otth (Chair.), Jon Lang, John Bowman, Tom Gibson, Sheriff, Alex Areyanna, Kattie Doles; Manufacturers:
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