Regular face to face meetings have resumed, but as an added benefit are being broadcast on ZOOM so that those who cannot attend in person can still participate. The ZOOM invitation link is emailed to all members several days prior to the meeting.
The society conducts regular monthly meetings, alternating between Virginia and Maryland locations: Virginia in odd numbered months, and Maryland on even numbered months of the year. Meetings are open to visitors. The meeting format consists of brief society business, informal discussions of members' model projects and a program or presentation relating to a nautical or ship modeling topic.
Meeting topics may include technique demonstrations, discussions of particular vessels or vessel types, and other subjects of general interest to the club. Members are also invited to bring their own projects, whether in-progress or complete, to share with other members. They are also encouraged to talk about modeling problems they are encountering. Often, a discussion with other members will identify a solution to these problems.
A typical agenda is as follows:
1000 - Skipper's or First Mate's remarks
1010 - Treasurer's Report
1015 - Feature program of interest to ship model makers
1100 - Individual Show and Tell
1140 - Business Meeting
1. Old business
2. New Business
1200 - Meeting Adjourns
Normally held from 10:00 am to noon at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817. Park at the parking lot on the right hand side of the church, and enter through the lower level doors into the meeting room.
Directions from Virginia:
Take the beltway (495) north across the Potomac at the American Legion Bridge, and continue north. Exit the beltway at Exit 39 onto River Road to head west making a loop crossing over 495. In half a mile, at the first light, turn right onto Seven Locks Road. Continue north and take a right at the first traffic light, which is Bradley Blvd. On your immediate right is the church. Park at the parking lot on the right hand side of the church, and enter through the lower level doors into the meeting room.
Directions from DC and Maryland:
Take Interstate 270 to Democracy Blvd West, passing Westfield (Montgomery) Mall on your right.Turn left at the bottom of the hill onto Seven Locks Road. After one mile, turn left onto Bradley Blvd, and the church will be on your immediate right.
Northern Virginia Meetings
Normally held from 10:00 am to noon at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA 22308 in Room 216.
Enter the building by the doorway under the green pitched roof/canopy at the flag pole. Turn right and there is an elevator. Go to second floor, turn left, go to end of hall, turn right and go down corridor to room 216.
The Senior Center is only a few miles away from the Sherwood Hall Regional Library, where we have been holding our meetings. From the beltway go south on Route One to the first left which is Fort Hunt Road (SR 629) and head south about 3.5 miles to Shenandoah Road. There will be a Shell Gas station on the near right corner and the Hollin Hall Shopping Center sign on the far right corner. This is Shenandoah Road.
Make right turn and go to the right drive entrance just beyond the 7-11 store and some trees. There is a large parking lot. The building is a converted school.
Coming from the south turn off Route One to the right at Sherwood Hall Road and continue past the Library about a mile to Fort Hunt Road. Turn right on Fort Hunt Road and head south to the gas station noted above.
Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the meeting. The doors will remain open, but usually they are locked after Saturday meetings begin. If they are locked call Lou Husser at (540) 226-2110 or Bruce Buchner at (703) 307-7889.
Special Interest Group Meetings
The special-interest group meets last Saturday of the month in a member's home. Discussions of models, modeling techniques, research, and reference material are always lively, with virtually everyone taking home some new ideas to use on their own models.