It is my pleasure and honour to be able to present the Ross Heriot Memorial Gold Spike award again this year.
This award was first made in 1968, and is usually presented annually to the individual or individuals in the PNR 7th Division who have made a significant Contribution to the Division. In is appreciation of their unselfish devotion of time and effort to further the aims of the NMRA, the PNR, and the hobby of Model Railroading through assistance and service for the benefit of all model railroaders within the division.
I am sure that there are many individuals who have assisted their fellow members over many years but are not known to me… So I would encourage you think of those who have served faithfully, and send me a letter or e-mail recognizing their achievements, contributions, and involvement. There is a list of the previous recipients of this award on the 7th Division Web Page.
This year’s recipient has been an active member of the division for more than forty years. Among his many contributions to the 7th Division, some particular highlights come to mind:
He has served as a member of the 7th Division standing committee for many years beginning in the early 1970’s He has served as our divisional Superintendent about twenty years ago. For several years he co-ordinated the Ports Canada Display where members of the seventh division set up and operated model trains in the lobby of the then British Columbia Railway Headquarters Building.
He headed a committee to recognize and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the PGE, centered on the West Coast Railway park in Squamish.
A great fan of the Pacific Great Easter Railway, his wife has been heard to say that Greg has being working on a PHD on PGE for many years.
I hope you will all join me in acknowledging Greg Kennelly as the 2015 recipient of the Ross Heriot Gold Spike award. !!
Respectfully Submitted by John Green