New Orleans plea for help

The Crescent City Model Railroad Club of New Orleans survived the storm with minor damage. The club owns it's own building which only suffered
a little siding damage and the electrical connection being torn off the building by a tree that fell from across the street.
We have a problem !
Many of our members in the parishes of Orleans and St. Bernard lost everything including their homes. Several modelrailroaders in the area lost HUGE lifelong collections. Many have relocated to different states which has caused a severe drop in our membership.
We need members !
We own our own building that houses a great 128' x 24' walkaround layout that is operations intense. The club moved into the building in 1973 so you can imagine the ammount of work that has been put into the railroad in the past 33 years. Our only flaw was still using conventional cab control for our 7 road cabs and 8 stationary / local yard cabs. We had just begun plans for DCC as well as raising the needed funds. Now, we are just happy to have anything. With a 40-60% loss of members, our outgo outweighs the income by a carload.
If you are in the New Orleans area and would like to join, please call the club for information ( 504-737-3723) and leave a message on the answering machine for Mike.
If you're not in the New Orleans area but would like to help, we have an associate membership available, but are in the process of setting up a special membership that would offer a lifetime pass to visit the club for a $25 donation.
Our "Christmas on the Crescent Lines" annual open house was started 15 years ago with the mindset of having a place for fathers to bring their sons to see the trains at Christmas. Over the years we have generated a very nice following that brings in the much needed funds to offset the bills that the membership dues don't cover.
Our show will go on this year but with over a million displaced residents, we doubt that we will have anywhere near the regular turnout.
Please visit our website for more information about the club as well as photos, track plan and other information.
http://www.ccmrc.com /
( make sure to click on the history page for liknks to the track plan and views of the building. )
You interest is greatly appreciated.
Mike
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