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LOTS' ANNUAL CONVENTIONS

LOTS' annual conventions are scheduled in a different part of the country each year as close to July 15 as possible. Ideally, annual conventions feature operating layouts, daily excursion tours to various sites of interest to Members, table sales of Lionel trains (swap meet), Member home layout tours, a Lionel L.L.C. "what's new and newsy" seminar and a closing banquet.  Watch for the LOTS Train to make a stop in a city near you. 

ONE GREAT BENEFIT LOTS MEMBERS RECEIVE WHEN THEY ATTEND THE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

Members, family, and friends of LOTS who attend our national conventions receive many benefits to increase the enjoyability of operating and collecting toy trains.

Perhaps the greatest benefit, after camaraderie, is the opportunity to visit world class layouts around the USA. Many of the layouts that we visit have been featured in such magazines as Classic Toy Trains and O'Gauge. Each layout is unique and interesting in their special ways. These visits leave all of us with ideas for our own layouts, present and in the future. One on one conversations with the layout owners/builders give us a unique opportunity to probe, question, marvel and perhaps the impetus to put our layout dreams into operation. Although most of us are O and O-27 gauge hobbyists, we can learn from every scale/gauge that your LOTS Convention team presents for its attendees. After the LOTS Convention layouts, visit the layouts and collections of your friends and acquaintances. I bet that they will allow and encourage you to bring along a train or two, It is always fun to run trains on someone else's layout. Perhaps it will take you back to your initial days in the hobby when you ran your trains at your friends houses and ran them around the track at breakneck speeds to see if and when they would fly off the tracks!

                                                                  Edward Mazur, RM 3123
                                                                  LOTS Immediate Past President

In addition to the annual convention each year, L.O.T.S. strives to hold regional train meets. Ideally, regional LOTS meets should feature operating layouts, table sales of Lionel trains, toy train videos, modeling contests and clinics. Club meets shall be open to the public to ensure broad exposure to the pleasure of operating toy trains.
   
Divisions and Chapters - Although LOTS is to remain a national club and shall not be subdivided into formal divisions or chapters (see Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution), LOTS members are encouraged to develop informal local operating groups to promote the enjoyment of operating and collecting Lionel and compatible trains and accessories. Such operating groups may, for example, build and operate modular layouts; run trains on each other's layouts; or meet periodically to share their knowledge regarding any aspect of operating Lionel and compatible trains and accessories. Local operating groups are encouraged to submit periodic reports to the Switcher Editor in the interest of sharing their knowledge, experience and layout construction tips with all LOTS members. Local operating groups also are encouraged to sponsor regional LOTS train meets. Host a meet today!  For more information click here.

LOTS Annual Convention Cities

1980 Little Rock, AR
      John Ourso & Al Otten
1981 Cincinnati, OH
      Larry Keller & Al Cigolotti
1982 Kalamazoo, MI
      Seth Giem
1983 New Orleans, LA
      Dom Schwab
1984 Pittsburgh, PA
      Al Jaworski
1985 St. Louis, MO
      Adam Laffleur
1986 Philadelphia, PA
      Vernon Vercoe
1987 Tulsa, OK
      Dave Stonecipher
1988 Seattle, WA
      Geoff Swan
1989 Dearborn, MI
      Gary Montagne &
      Michael Urban
1990 Baltimore, MD
      Kenneth Starke

1991 Dayton, OH
      Richard H. Johnson
1992 Modesto, CA
      Tony Tesoriere
1993 Ft. Wayne, IN
      John Gallacher
1994 New Brunswick, NJ
      Steve Horvath
1995 Chicago, IL
      Cris Matuszak
1996 Boston, MA
      Paul Bernier &
      Steve Horvath
1997 Scranton, PA
      Robert K. Thomas
1998 San Diego, CA
      Joe Lesser
1999 Mobile, AL
      Herb Kern
2000 Detroit, MI
      Joe Wilhelm & Scott Kuntz


2001 Baltimore, MD
      Mike Solly, Dave Przyborski &               Sherman Silverman
2002 Milwaukee, WI
      Scott Kuntz & Cris Matuszak
2003 Lancaster, PA
      
Herb Kern
2004 Cincinnati, OH
      Frank Kammer, Mike Rolcik &
      Paula Smith
2005 Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
      
Ralph Spoettle & Bruce Goettel
2006 Saratoga Springs, NY
      Robert Taylor, Richard Silber &               Tony Rudmann
2007 Portland, OR
      Paula Smith & Tom Steeves
2008 South Bend, IN
      
National & Local Committees
2009 Chattanooga, TN
      
National & Local Committees
2010 Hartford, CT
      
National & Local Committees

2011 Omaha, NE
       
National & Local Committees
2012 Rochester, NY
      
National & Local Committees
2013 Reno, NV
      
National & Local Committees
2014 Pittsburgh, PA
      
National & Local Committees
2015 Chicago, IL (St. Charles)
      
National & Local Committees
2016 Philadelphia, PA (Valley Forge)