Monthly Club Activities
Annual Schedule of Events
This section provides information about club meetings. From April through September we hold one club meeting a month at a member's home where the entire membership is invited to attend and run trains. January typically includes participation with our modules at the train show in Puyallup. February is reserved for our annual Clinics and Workshop meeting. March is our only meeting devoted strictly to club business. December is a time of relaxing at our annual Christmas party. A snapshot of a typical year would look like this:
January: No club meeting, but module participation at the train show in Puyallup. Operating sessions and Liar's Club breakfasts also do meet.
February: Annual Clinics where Club members make the presentations. Topics range from lively discussions on radio control systems, the differences within scales and the difference between scale and gauge and how-to presentations on casting, building freight and passenger cars, kit-bashing, re-powering locomotives. Depending on space availability, we also participate with our modules in the train show in Monroe.
March: Annual Business Meeting dedicated to our business needs. We’ll elect or re-elect the Company Brass, solicit volunteers for various department heads; such as membership, meeting coordinator, and newsletter editor when there are openings to fill, discuss and vote on dues and appropriations to SIGs, enjoy a pot-luck lunch, visit, and prepare to go forth and run trains.
April through September: Monthly meeting at a member's home to run trains, eat, run trains, have a short business meeting with Show and Tell, and run trains; operating sessions, steam up, and Liar's Club breakfasts. In August we participate with our modules at the Skagit County Fair in Mt Vernon and in October to the train show in Lynden.
December: Annual Christmas Party, operating sessions, and Liar's Club breakfasts.
PSGRS formally meets once a month on the third Saturday of the month at a member's home from April through September.
A typical meeting begins with members and guests arriving about noon. Members often bring a potluck item for the food table (not required, but no one has gone hungry at one of our meetings!) We run trains and visit while items from the Company Store are made available for purchase (as our only on-going fund raising activity).
Members may bring items to sell or trade - those items are displayed on the Show and Tell table. Members bring modeling or hobby related items and information for display on the Show and Tell table.
A brief business meeting usually convenes about the halfway point of the meeting that includes introductions of new members, guests, ad-hoc question and answers with the Company Brass, layout presentation by our hosts, and the Show & Tell event.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Many members become involved in one or more Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within the club. These groups specialize in a subject such as live steam engines or building indoor modules. Here’s more information about some of our SIGs:
Big Liars Club
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM at Redmond Family Pancake House 17621 Redmond Way, Redmond for breakfast and friendship.
Little Liars Club
Meets at 9:30 AM the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month at Ikea, 600 SW 41st St, Renton for breakfast and friendship
South Sound Liars Club
Meets for breakfast different times, places, and dates based on who calls for a meeting. Sometimes includes running trains after breakfast. Notices typically sent to all club members who have email addresses. Contact Chuck Carlson at 253-927-7062 for more information.
Live Steam SIG
For those interested in live steam locomotives. The Live Steamers meet on the 2nd Saturday of every Month at Chris and Patty Johnson’s from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The club's Live Steam Portable Track is set up there permanently. We also meet on at a member's home on a schedule that is included in the monthly newsletter. Contact John Bigelow (206-284-5038) or Peter Comley (253-862-6748) for more details.
Constructs and displays the club modular layout at various shows throughout the region. No set schedule, but shows and work parties to repair, maintain, and improve the modules are publicized well in advance. Contact Alex Osenbach (206-369-2446) to join.
Second Friday of each month starting in May and ending in September from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Tom and Judy Briggs’ home. Battery powered engines available for visitors to use. Call Tom (425-885-3894) for more invitation.
West Sound Liars Club
Meets at 9:30 the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Family Pancake House, 3900 Kitsap Way, Bremerton for breakfast and friendship.
If you need to contact someone in the club, but don't know who, check the Contacts page.