NYCSHS 2018 Membership
New York Central System Historical Society, Inc.
Board of Directors
P.O. Box 130
Gates Mills, OH 44040-0130
July 1, 2017
Notice of Dues Increase
In an effort to ensure that the NYCSHS continues its mission of keeping the legacy of the New York Central System alive, the Board of Directors must ensure a stable financial foundation and provide for the longevity of the Society. Over the past 18 months the Board has conducted a complete financial review and initiated a number of actions necessary to underpin this effort. One of these actions is a small but necessary increase in our annual dues.
The Board has approved a $5 increase in the annual membership cost, raising Regular annual membership from $39 to $44. This increase will be reflected in 2018 membership renewals and in new memberships beginning August 1, 2017.
In reaching this decision, your Board recognized that the continuing increase in Member benefits, as well as the increase in the costs of providing member services, has continued to grow. Since the Society’s last dues increase eight years ago, the average household has experienced a cost of living increase of 13.5%, and your Society’s costs have grown at that rate as well. The dues increase is a full percentage point below those cost of living increases.
Since 2009 you’ve seen major changes in our best in class quarterly magazine Central Headlight. It now comes to you on time, in an expanded page format and with color images in each issue. Our website was a dream in 2009 and now is a reality. Collinwood Shop was an idea that has blossomed into an online retail service for all who share our common interest. Open to all on the Internet, it offers Members a significant 20% discount on NYC merchandise and models.
Collinwood Shop has brought NYC enthusiasts books, logo clothing, movies mastered to DVD, models, memorabilia, art prints, engineering DVDs, valuation map DVDs, and shortly will deliver photo DVDs. The Society maintains a social media presence beyond our web page with a Facebook page and a Members only Yahoo group. Our quarterly e-zine, NYCentral Modeler is recognized in the modeling community for both the quality and quantity of its articles.
We are proud that we now have a Society home and proper storage for the Archives. This move makes the Archives more accessible for your research. A capital campaign, Flight of The Century, raised the money necessary to move, complete minor site renovations, decorate and equip our new headquarters. Dues money was not used for those purposes. Dues have paid for multiple storage units over the years and will continue to pay our monthly operating costs for the new facility.
In short, we have multiplied Member benefits and created a dynamic, growing, and valuable benefit proposition for our Members. The NYCSHS is recognized as a leader in the railroad historical community. We value you as a Member and look forward to continuing to serve your needs in the coming years.
For the NYCSHS Board of Directors
David Mackay, President
P.S. Remember that all correspondence in reference to membership should be addressed to:
NYCSHS Membership Chair
P.O. Box 264
Emerson, NJ 07630