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Recap of June 9 Special Event with Tom McComas

LCCA Members and their families received a warm and friendly welcome from Tom and Charyl McComas during the June 9, 2012 LCCA Special Event at TM Books & Video.  It was a beautiful sunny day in Michigan City, Indiana.  LCCA Directors Ed Richter and Roger Farkash were there in attendance helping host this event.  President Dennis DeVito greeted members and provided them with sheets of un-cut LCCA Special Event bill board sheets and billboard frames.  This is all part of the LCCA Board of Director's and President DeVito's plan to reach out and touch 2000 members this year.  Members had a great time and they really  enjoyed winning the LCCA club product door prizes.

Mike Reagan, Director of Lionel's Customer Service Center in Canfield OH was there entertaining the crowd while answering all of their service related questions.  Members were given a behind the scenes tour of TM Books & Video  operation and 7 impressive operating toy train layouts.  We were given a rare view of Tom's personal collection of trains including the Tom Snyder C&O Hudson.  Pamela Burke, lifelong  companion of Tom Snyder.  After Tom Snyder's death, she gave this gift to Tom MCComas.  Tom Snyder was an avid and lifelong collector and operator of Lionel Trains.  Tom MCComas shared many personal and antidotal, humorous stories with us.  Our members then went to the nearby Hesston Steam Museum and enjoyed riding on Live steam operating trains.  It was a great and fun event!  We are certain everyone in attendance had a great time. 

A sincere thank you to all of the members who attended this Special event in support of the club.  Thank you for making these LCCA Special events so special.  We had members come in from Florida, Texas and as far away as Nevada to participate in this rare and special event.  Thank you Tom & Charyl McComas for your generous hospitality and opening up your facilities to us.  We appreciate Lionel and Mike Reagan for being there in support of the LCCA and our members. 

Al Kolis
Immediate Past President and Special Events Manager