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Contributions to TCA. Thanks to the all of our members who made contributions to both National TCA and the TCAHOA Chapter recently.

Many members also contributed to TCAHOA when they paid their annual dues.

Contribution verifications are mailed out upon receipt of contributions.

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President's Update
Welcome to the TCA-Heart of America Chapter web site!

This is your internet destination for all things to do with our TCA Heart of America chapter and model railroading in our area. We'll always have an updated meeting schedule, information about upcoming events, and other information that you ask for here for your review. We also hope to incorporate as much member input as possible.

Our member photo layout gallery is open so send Don Miller (olathedonm@aol.com) some pictures and any information about your layout that you would like to share.

Please email me at tcahoa@tcahoa.org to share any ideas you may have for the site.

I want to remind all of our members about a couple things that they should be aware of regarding our chapter. The first is that our Activities Committee is working on our 2015 activity schedule and information will be distributed for each activity when plans are finalized.

Our 2014 Annual Meeting was held in December of 2014. Information is always mailed to all members about the meeting! 50 Chapter members attended our meeting-we had a great presentation about the world's largest train layout - Minatur Wonderland in Hamburg, Germany!!

First --our Activity Committee collected feedback on last year's activities to better plan for next year. Your input is always appreciated!

Our Spring Layout Tour will be held April 11, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We will be touring three layouts in the Shawnee area--Mike Lee, Steve Dickerson and Ed O'Donnell. Information will be emailed closer to the event.

Next--The next Mid America toy & train show will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at their location -- the KCI Expo Center at 11728 NW Ambassador Drive, KC, MO (I-29 off exit 13). See you there--be sure to wear your TCAHOA shirt and name tag!!

If you are a Facebook user - check out our Facebook page at "Heart of America TCA Train Club". Encourage your Facebook friends to check us out. Thanks to Brad Marples for launching our first Facebook site and for Bo Burgess for updating it!
This is a great hobby! We have over 85 great area members in our chapter and we are growing! Thanks for joining in the fun!

Our TCAHOA Chapter is fortunate to have owners or representatives of our area's train shops as members.

Fred Loosbrook of Fred's Train Shop, 7327 W. 80th, Overland Park KS 66204, (913) 383 - 3500 is a TCAHOA member and great supporter of our chapter.

Jan Brocker from ToToTrains in Lawrence would like to offer a discount to TCAHOA members who purchase goods from his shop. Here is a little information about ToToTrains and what he is offering: ToToTrains is located at 1031 Vermont Street , Suite A, in Lawrence Kansas 66044 . The phone number is (785) 766-0467 and the website can be found at www.tototrains.com. Jan aggressively prices his various items and generally gives a 15% to 30% discount (depending on the brand) on Walthers catalog prices for customers. He will give TCAHOA members another 5% off, when they show their TCA ID card and photo ID making it an excellent deal for the TCAHOA Chapter! ToToTrains specializes in European made trains of all gauges and is a dealer for Märklin, Trix, Roco, Herpa, LGB, Piko, Fleishmann and Brawa.
Thanks to Jan at ToTo Trains for offering our members a discount! We are fortunate to have great train shops in our area. Remember to patronize our local train shops!

Donald Miller
TCAHOA Chapter President




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