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Covid and Museums, And other Groups

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Covid and Museums, And other Groups
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, November 13, 2020 10:00 AM

Oh Boy!

      "What a revoltin development this is." To quote the famous line from Riley ( William Bendix ) in the " Life of Riley. A family Comedy on T.V. back in the early fifties, Oh Yes very P.G.!! Covid is still being felt in many ways. Attendance is down, regardless of the safety procedures used.

      Now what got me, was a good chunk of our membership now attends the General meetings via an Electronic contact system. Not the same, especially if they have sat back in their chairs and not adjusted the computer screen. It's like talking to a Ghost!

     That coupled with my somewhat noticable breathing problems with certain masks and how it muffles my voice. I find myself talking louder when I don't have too. Now here's the gist of Covid damage to our Museum. Train Show Cancellation! Two so far. This is where we earn monies used to maintain and support the day to day operations. Gone! And Our Civic Center and local Businesses are affected by the lack of income!

      Now, there is the question of our yearly election at our Museum. Nothing changed. Half weren't there and it was not guided by a Candidacy Commitee this year. Solution! Everybody got re-elected without prejudice. This means they can serve continously or resign, then we have to call a special election for that post.

     Monies from the city are impaired as well. If we don't spend the remainder of what we,ve held back for projects we won't get near the amount we need next year. Most NON-PROFITS operate on the premise they get a share of whatever tax system their city gets in taxes on Motel and Hotel rooms.. This in Texas terminology is " HOT Money"

  Well, when the Hotels and Motels and Restaurants see a 50% or worse tourist turndown it impacts the whole structure of the city. Museums taking the First and Biggest Hit!

    We all know LEGO has a presence most years with Conventions and Local LUG's (LEGO Users Groups) meetings and shows all over the country. So there goes another source of income from Community and Civic centers and Convention facilities, On top of lost revenue from No Attendance.

       I feel that we are facing Big Changes ahead that will forever Alter tha feeling of a life well lived and enjoyed. How much home time can you get before you go stir crazy? This will also affect our Families, Friends and Society as a whole. I expect much refinement and innovation in Modelers circles, BUT, How many are going to be able to share them? My Two cents! 

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, November 13, 2020 4:22 PM

Yep.  We just went back into an almost 90% shutdown for 2 weeks.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, November 13, 2020 4:57 PM

Life here in Arizona is still chugging along. Not quite normal, but not scared of shadows and sneezes. 


F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton



  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, November 13, 2020 6:05 PM

The area historical society that I belong to has had the museum closed to all except paid staff and maintainence volunteers since March.  They are taking it on the chin financially because the public can't enter, and area business aren't giving the usual donations, so cash flow has all but dried up.

Quarterly membership meetings haven't been occuring either, probably due to a lack of technological knowledge on the part of the members.  

They have a fairly cash reserve, but if this goes on past Spring they will be in serious problems.


"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, November 13, 2020 6:20 PM

Our Mission has been closed since March 16th. Huge loss of revenue for the no. 2 tourist attraction in Monterey.



 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.



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