The society conducts regular monthly meetings, alternating between Virginia and Maryland locations. Virginia in odd numbered months of the year, and Maryland on even numbered months of the year. Meetings are open to visitors. The meeting format consists of brief society business, informal discussions of members' model projects and a program or presentation relating to a nautical or ship modeling topic. Meeting topics may include technique demonstrations, discussions of particular vessels or vessel types, and other subjects of general interest to the club. Members are also invited to bring their own projects, whether in-progress or complete, to share with other members. They are also encouraged to talk about modeling problems they are encountering. Often, a discussion with other members will identify a solution to these problems.
Typical agendas are as follows: 1000 - Skipper's or First Mate's remarks 1010 - Treasurer's Report 1015 - Feature program of interest to ship model makers 1100 - Individual Show and Tell 1140 - Business Meeting 1. Old business 2. New Business 1200 - Meeting Adjourns
Meetings in Northern Virginia are held 10AM to Noon at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA 22308 in Room 216. Directions: • The Senior Center is only a few miles away from the Sherwood Hall Regional Library, where we have been holding our meetings. From the beltway go south on Route One to the first left which is Fort Hunt Road (SR 629) and head south about 3.5 miles to Shenandoah Road. There will be a Shell Gas station on the near right corner and the Hollin Hall Shopping Center sign on the far right corner. This is Shenandoah Road. • Make right turn and go to the right drive entrance just beyond the 7-11 store and some trees. There is a large parking lot. The building is a converted school. • Enter the building by the doorway under the green pitched roof/canopy at the flag pole. Turn right and there is an elevator. Go to second floor, turn left, go to end of hall, turn right and go down corridor to room 216. • Coming from the south turn off Route One to the right at Sherwood Hall Road and continue past the Library about a mile to Fort Hunt Road. Turn right on Fort Hunt Road and head south to the gas station noted above.
Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the meeting. The doors will remain open, but usually they are locked after Saturday meetings begin. If they are locked call Lou’s cell at 540 226-2110 or Bruce’s Cell at 703-307-7889
Meetings in Maryland start at 10AM at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The address is 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD. We meet in the Canyon Conference Room on the 4th floor of the America Building. NOTE: If you would like to attend a WSMS meeting at this location for the first time, please contact one of the Bridge Officers as the Center has controlled entry and you may not enter unless authorized.
Special-Interest Group Meetings
The special-interest group meets last Saturday of the month in a member's home. Discussions of models, modeling techniques, research, and reference material are always lively, with virtually everyone taking home some new ideas to use on their own models. Meeting locations change from month to month, and are generally published in the club's monthly newsletter, the Lynx.