2010 Banquet

Paul Woodring (behind the podium) conducts the installation of officers for 2011 during the 2010 Akron Railroad Club annual banquet. Shown are (from left to right) Marty Surdyk (Bulletin editor), J. Gary Dillon (vice president), Tim Krogg (secretary), Woodring and Craig Sanders (president). Absent was treasurer Edward Ribinskas.

The Akron Railroad Club held its annual Christmas banquet on December 4, 2010, at the Martin Center of the University of Akron. As is customary, officers for the next year were installed.

ARRC life member Jerry Joe Jacobson updated members on the progress of his Age of Steam Roundhouse that is under construction at Sugar Creek, Ohio.

Members also took time to remember those who had passed away during the year.

Presenting the program was Jerry Jordak, whose sound and images show about former U.S. Highway 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles proved to be quite popular. Jordak and a friend spent about two weeks traveling the route of the famed highway a few years ago.

His program focused on the many sights along the way with music appropriate for the state being featured. The show also included a few rail operations along the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio line in Illinois, the ex-Frisco between St. Louis and Oklahoma City, and the former Santa Fe in New Mexico and Arizona.

Jordak actually presented two programs. The first focused primarily on the sights along Route 66 and was set to music.

The second program was a more traditional railfan oriented program with plenty of trains and other railroad related images.

Many of those in attendance marveled at how quickly Jordak s show seem to fly past. It was that good

Photographs by Richard Jacobs

Before the program there was dinner, served buffet style. With his back to the camera in the blue sweater is Bob Redmond. Moving to the right from there around the table are Richard Culin, J. Gary Dillon, Jerry Jacobson, Pete Poremba, Paul Woodring, Craig Sanders (partially hidden), Jerry Jordak and Ron McElrath.

 

The buffet style dinner featured the always popular chicken parmesean with basil marinara sauce. Also on the menu was oven roasted salmon. Shown enjoying dinner are (left to right facing the camera) Dennis Romain, David Mangold and Dennis Tharp. With their backs to the camera are (left to right) Tom Goughnour and Bill Kubas.

Jerry Joe Jacobson updates Akron Railroad Club members on construction of his roundhouse.

 

ARRC President Craig Sanders (left) welcomes Jerry Jordak to the annual banquet.

 

Jerry Jordak taps on a few keys to get his program started.

This commerative marks on Adams Street in Chicago shows where U.S. Route 66 once began.

There were numerous BNSF trains on display during the program.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe may be long gone, but its spirit lives on with former locomotives on display in museums.

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