November 2005 Presidentís Report
By Ira Pollack
††††††††††† Hope all is
well with you. Iím very proud and excited to announce that our turntable and
the site of our former roundhouse facility have been deemed historic, and have
been placed on the National Historic Register as of
††††††††††† In other news, our Strategic Planning Commit-tee has been busy working on a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual. We have reached a point in our growth pattern where we need policy for what we do and how it is done. Itís very intriguing how vast our Museum is, how it has grown over the years, and how many procedures are needed to run it smoothly. The past several weeks have been spent writing and refining procedures involving the Front Desk operations. Iíd like to thank Patty Osmer and Don Konen for their hard work in putting together an outline, as well as many of the procedures for this area. Eventually the Strategic Planning Committee will work its way through each of our departments, putting procedures into writing for inclusion in a master policy book or SOP manual. Once finished and presented to our staff, it should be clear what procedures need to be followed and how to do them. It also can be used as a training guide for new volunteers.
††††††††††† Now that the seasons have changed once again, Iíd like to take the time to thank all of our volunteers for their dedicated service to the Museum. Looking back on the summer season of 2005, I feel we were very successful in accomplishing many of the projects we had as goals. Although not all have been completed, Iím still very happy with the many compliments received from our guests. This shows me that weíre moving forward, making a difference, continuing to grow!
††††††††††† In closing, Iíd like to wish all who read this letter a pleasant and safe holiday season, which is approaching quickly. As always, I look forward to meeting you and exchanging ideas with you.