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We hope that you will take this opportunity to visit one of the great layouts in our area and support your HOA Chapter. As usual, if you need further information please contact one of your chapter officers.
 
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.

Our HOA Chapter annual meeting was held 12/08/18 in the Elmridge Room at the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course, 17501 Midland Dr, Shawnee, KS from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. HOA Chapter President Steve Dickerson presided over the meeting which was attended by approximately 50 chapter members, family members and guests.


This year the attendees were treated to catered lunch. When lunch was finished president Dickerson opened the business meeting. After introductions, chapter treasurer Mike Bartley gave a brief financial report. Mike reported that our current bank balance is at $2502.94. Mike also asked that members keep their email and mailing addresses current with him. Our primary means of communication with chapter members is via email, so up-to-date email addresses are important.

Steve gave a brief review of our HOA 2018 activities and discussed preliminary plans for 2019 activities. Steve then opened the meeting to all attendees to discuss what activities and events they would like to see our chapter involved in. A lively discussion ensued, with many thoughts and ideas presented.

A drawing for door prizes followed the discussion. The finale was the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. A group vote determined that the ugliest sweater was worn by Dennis Brennan, second place was Judy Miller and third place was Sandy Brennan. All enjoyed the new annual meeting format.

2019 Activiies

RESCHEDULED April 17: Playing with rains and our host will be HOA member David Smith. David operates and collects postwar and MPC Lionel with a sprinkling of American Flyer thrown in. Please join us for lunch at Perkins Restaurant in Independence following our visit to David's layout.

March 3: Mid-America Train and Toy Show held at the KCI Expo Center from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Check their website for more information.

March 16: HOA Chapter spring tour featuring the layouts of HOA member Darrin Grant and HOA Past President Don Miller. More information to follow.

As always, all HOA chapter activities are open to family, friends and train lovers. Also, please let us know if you have an idea for a chapter activity or if you would like to host a Playing with Trains date or layout tour date. See you soon.

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.

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, 9322 W. 87th St.,Overland Park, KS 66212, (913) 383 - 3500 is a TCAHOA member and great supporter of our chapter. Here is a link to Fred's web site.

Jan Brocker of ToToTrains, 1031 Vermont Street , Suite A, in Lawrence Kansas 66044, (785) 766-0467. Here is a link to ToTo Train's web site.

Steve Dickerson
TCAHOA Chapter President




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