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Notice of the Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (Mass Bay RRE) will hold its Annual Meeting of Members at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Road, Waban, Massachusetts. At the meeting, members will elect officers and Directors of Mass Bay RRE, and a National Vice President and Division Directors and Alternate Division Directors of The Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (the "National RRE"), and conduct any other business properly brought before the meeting. All members of Mass Bay RRE as of October 19, 2019 are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting.

All Mass Bay RRE members, including Additional Family Members, who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting in person are encouraged to cast a Proxy Ballot for this important election. The on-line Proxy Ballot is accessed with the link below. A downloadable printable version of the Proxy Ballot is also linked below.

Mass Bay RRE encourages all members to cast theur Proxy Ballot using the on-line form if possible. Use of the on-line form greatly simplifies the process of tabulating the proxy votes

The following information and statements have been provided by the various candidates for Officer and Director of Mass Bay RRE. Please mark your selections on the Proxy Ballot.


Name: David Brown
Home: Andover, MA
RRE offices held: President (2011-), Director, Treasurer
Age: 72
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1981
Occupation: President, Mass Bay RRE (yes, it's turned into a full-time job!)
Candidate’s Statement: I have previously stated my intention to step down as President in 2024, assuming that I continue to be elected until then. My primary goal over the next few years is to encourage the Board of Directors to plan for succession and for the sustainability of the organization, possibly including the engagement of an Executive Director to oversee the daily operations of the organization (a role that I essentially fill today)

Throughout my tenure in Mass Bay RRE I have tried to conduct our affairs in a professional and businesslike manner, and I pledge to continue to do so as long as I am President. I have constantly looked for ways that the club can improve its operations. On-line ticket sales and membership renewals have greatly reduced the amount of paperwork done by our volunteers.

The club remains healthy, but there is much to do if the club is to survive and prosper. We desperately need people with the motivation and skills guide the future direction of the club, including organizing trips and producing the Callboy. As noted above, I will not be around forever! Our current operation and its reliance on a handful of volunteers is not sustainable! If we stagnate, the club will die!

Name: Richard Fralick
Home: Greenland, NH
RRE offices Held: Vice President (2018-), Director (2014-2017)
Age: 72
Mass Bay RRE member since: 2010
Occupation: Hartford CT motorcycle officer (ret.), Road Foreman of Engines for Conn. Central RR (ret.)
Candidate’s Statement: As Vice President, my focus and goal is to help move the organization into a position that will guarantee its sustainability and growth for the next generation of rail fans, and to assist the President with the day-to-day operations of the club. I will work with the Board to develop ways to involve both new and current members into taking a more active role with the club. I will help to see that the Preservation Grant program moves forward in a timely, effective and positive manner.

Trains are my passion. I've been immersed in many aspects of the railroad industry since my youth and believe that I have the skills to represent, promote, and grow Mass Bay RRE. Please note some of my experience: Mass Bay RRE Diector and officer, 4 years; Connecticut Central Railroad (Road Foreman/Mechanical Supervisor) - 8 years

Name: Thomas Humphrey
Home: Waban, MA
RRE Offices held: --
Age: --
Mass Bay RRE member since:1972
Occupation: Transportation Planner (Ret.)
Candidate’s Statement: I took my first RRE trip 50 years ago this year, and I have been a member since 1972. I have been a carhost on many trips since 1980 and have been involved in production of several trip brochures. I am a regular participant in Callboy mailing sessions and have sat in on directors meetings for several years. Having recently retired from a career as a transportation planner specializing in urban mass transit and railroad passenger and freight service, I am now able to increase my participation in leadership of Mass Bay RRE.

Name: Charlie Jack
Home: Natick, MA
RRE Offices held: Treasurer (2011-)
Age: 76
Mass Bay RRE member since: ??
Occupation: Systems Engineer (Ret.)
Candidate’s Statement: I’m happy to continue to support the club in the role of Treasurer. I strive to keep the account books in good and timely order, and to see that all government requirements (eg, tax filing) are done in a timely fashion.

David Astorian
Home: Watertown, MA
RRE offices Held: Director (2010-)
Age: 64
Mass Bay RRE member since: 2002
Occupation: Accountant/Auditor
Candidate’s Statement: Remain a Director for many years, to better the opportunities for MBRE.

Name: Al Butler
Home: Waltham, MA
RRE offices held: Vice-President (2009-), Director
Age: 75
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1964
Occupation: Civil Engineer (Ret.)
Candidate’s Statement: I joined RRE in March, 1964 right after I rode the first RRE Snow train to North Conway. We must continue to encourage young folks who have an interest in railroads to not only join the club but to also take on responsibility as a volunteer, officer or director.

Name: Steve Butterworth
Home: Marblehead, MA
RRE offices Held: Director (2012-), President (2009-11)
Age: 64
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1982
Occupation: Land Surveyor
Candidate’s Statement: I'm always open to talking to new people and looking for ways to encourage new members.

Name: Tom Chase
Home: Woodstock, CT
RRE offices Held: Director (2012-)
Age: 79
Mass Bay RRE member since: 2006
Occupation: Art Conservator (Ret.)
Candidate’s Statement: I have been pleased to serve as a Director for the last 6 years. I believe that the club has been fulfilling its mandate – monthly meetings, fellowship at the first Tuesday stations, getting our message out to the public through the show committee, and hosting rail trips. In the last few years we have been branching out and becoming a source of grants for railroad-based organizations. Trip possibilities are becoming more limited, but we are still doing interesting trips. We need to deal with spreading the workload of running the club around more than it has been in the past. Archiving and preserving our history and the history and contributions of individual members becomes more important as our membership ages.

Name: Bill Crawford
Home: Nahant, MA
RRE offices held: Secretary (2011-19), President (1977-93), Director
Age: 75
Mass Bay RRE member since: ~1975
Occupation: Engineering Manager (Ret.)
Candidate’s Statement: I will continue to share my experience and institutional knowledge with the Mass Bay RRE Board, in order to continue moving our organization forward.

Name: John Ehrlich
Home: Boxborough, MA
RRE Offices Held: Director
Age: 73
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1969
Candidate’s Statement: I'm looking forward to helping the Mass Bay RRE achieve their many goals.

Name: Tom Engel
Home: Medford, MA
RRE offices Held: Director (1977-)
Age: 67
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1975
Occupation: Transport Data Collector, Tax Preparer, Capitalist
Candidate’s Statement: I want to continue the quality of service to this organization which is very important to my life which I have been giving since 1977.

Name: Bob Popovac
Home: Walpole, NH
RRE offices Held: Director (1978-)
Age: 61
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1978
Occupation: Railroader (Vermont Rail System)
Candidate’s Statement: I like to share my knowledge of the railroad industry with others. It is nice to see younger people become members of Mass Bay and work the Show Crew or car host on one of our train trips.

Name: Sue Sample
Home: Plantsville, CT
RRE offices Held: Director (~2003-)
Age: (baby boomer)
Mass Bay RRE member since: 1991
Occupation: Many occupations, including Tourist RR engineer, conductor, etc.
Candidate’s Statement: Having participated in many RRE activities, I wish to continue to help come up with ideas for areas such as trips, programs, becoming more active at RRE shows, and trying to find ways to attract new and younger members. As a hands-on participant as a railroad member I would like to be able to share my knowledge with others as well.

Members, including Additional Family Members, who cannot attend the meeting in person may cast a Proxy Ballot, which will be voted at the meeting in accordance with their instructions.

We encourage all members to cast their Proxy Ballot on line instead of mailing the proxy ballot to us. Voting on line will greatly simplify the ballot tabulation process by reducing the number of paper proxies that must be hand-counted.

Proxy Voting Instructions

Whether voting on line or by mail, you will need to include your member number to have your vote counted; it’s on the mailing label of your most recent Callboy or included in the body of an emal we sent you. If your membership also includes an Additional Family Member, that person can also submit a proxy by adding the letter "F" after the member number (example: if your member number is 9876, the Family Member would enter 9876F as the member number). Each member may cast only one proxy ballot, as determined by the Member Number.

Write-ins: There are 9 listed candidates on the Proxy Ballot for the 11 Mass Bay RRE Director positions. You may vote for persons not listed on the ballot by checking one or more of the "write-in" selections on the candidate list and then entering the person's name in the box that will appear below. Up to 4 names may be written in, so long as the total number of candidates selected does not exceed 11.

Go to the on-line Proxy Ballot

Note: We suggest that you open the proxy form in a new browser window.

Download a printable, mail-in Proxy Ballot

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